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Various LA neighbourhoods to choose from?

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Various LA neighbourhoods to choose from?

Hi all,

Will,be staying in the LA area for 3 nights at the end of our road trip next September

We will be travelling as a couple with no kids and will have our car until,drop off at LAX

Have read the Top Q's about various neighbourhoods and taken note of the sites Hotwire & Priceline for deals on hotels.

Just not too sure of which neighbourhood search....

Hubby doesn't mind driving at all so not a problem if not close to beaches .

Did look at Anaheim , ?but also looked at Downtown to keep costs lower.?

open to ideas and any suggestions?

Thanks all

Anne

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1. Re: Various LA neighbourhoods to choose from?

Well Anaheim as you know is not in LA so I would first decide what to do and see and then based on that post what your budget is to get advise from locals. Downtown LA, Santa Monica the Hollywood area plenty of places . The more specific you are with what you are doing and your nightly budget in Us$ the better help you will get.

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2. Re: Various LA neighbourhoods to choose from?

OK, for many tourists, they are referring to the Greater Los Angeles Area.

But you do have the city of Los Angeles, with areas such as Hollywood and Downtown Los Angeles.

Then you have cities like Long Beach and Santa Monica, which are located in County of Los Angeles.

Then you have popular tourist areas in Orange County, which is right next to LA County, such as Anaheim, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and more.

The best thing to do is make a list of what specific things you want to see/do, since you mentioned Anaheim, maybe Disneyland for a few days. Similar activities would be Knott's Berry Farm and Universal Studios. But that is just one category of many things to do in the area. Here are a couple of tourism websites to check out dealing with the area.

www.discoverlosangeles.com

www.visittheoc.com

Since you will more than likely have a car, you can pick one place to stay, maybe a beach area like Newport Beach or Huntington Beach, or the Anaheim area for lower cost options, or split it up and spend a few days in the Hollywood area, which has some decent price accommodations.

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3. Re: Various LA neighbourhoods to choose from?

Thanks both

Darkbeer, we have 3 days in LA, not really fussed on Disney but poss Universal . It will be the end of our 17 night road trip and yep, we will have our car until drop off at LAX.

Will take a look at various options :-)

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4. Re: Various LA neighbourhoods to choose from?

Not interested in Disney then stay away from the place closest to the happiest place on earth - Anaheim. Which is boring. universal is north of downtown LA and it may not make sense to move hotels in 3 days

If you are interested in LA the the advise I would give is to wait for the fine DEs listed on the LA forum or the other Regulars that live in LA to help you. They have given me the best unbiased advise

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5. Re: Various LA neighbourhoods to choose from?

Near Universal and Hollywood, a couple of highly rated places here at TA that are reasonably priced, include things like free breakfast, and low cost parking are the Orchid Suites and the Magic Castle Hotel.

Plenty of things within Walking Distance, a short drive to Universal Studios, and then see what else interests you....

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6. Re: Various LA neighbourhoods to choose from?

One suggestion as to where to visit, and that is the city of Long Beach, pretty much south of the Hollywood area. A popular tourist area, the Aquarium of the Pacific, Boat/Whale Watching tours, the Queen Mary and much more.

www.visitlongbeach.com

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7. Re: Various LA neighbourhoods to choose from?

What is your budget? What is your itinerary? What kinds of activities interest you?

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8. Re: Various LA neighbourhoods to choose from?

Budget, would not want any more than $150 a night if possible, no idea on plans yet...and we like cool bars, nice shops, beaches, and chilling. Will have been on a pretty hectic 14 night road trip by this time so will probably be tiredness ready to chill !

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9. Re: Various LA neighbourhoods to choose from?

Look into motels like Sea Shore in Santa Monica, Bayside Hotel in Santa Monica, where you can walk to shops, the beach, bars, restaurants. Your budget is very low, so you should look in Hollywood where rates are lowest if you can't find availability at the above Santa Monica motels.

Anaheim is an hour from LA so if not visiting Disneyland, don't consider it as a place to stay.

Edited: 02 November 2013, 15:40
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10. Re: Various LA neighbourhoods to choose from?

Unfortunately $150 / nt is low for the beach areas especially, and in those areas this will get you at most a basic, 2-star type property usually. The Sea Shore in Santa Monica mentioned above is one such place - not overly fancy but in a good, lively area and near the beach.

In any case, to be honest $150 / nt is low for LA in general, but if you are going to use Hotwire & Priceline and are willing to accept the uncertainties that come with those sites, then you can do ok - just be sure to take advantage of the forums over at www.betterbidding.com, which can help reduce the uncertainties of using those sites. Also if you can tell us the specific nights that you'll be here, we can try and help find a good hotel deal for you. In any case, at Hotwire, I'd limit your search to four areas - Santa Monica / Venice / Marina Del Rey, Century City / Westwood, Beverly Hills / West Hollywood, and Hollywood. These will be the most central areas but as is the game with hotwire, all these areas will include some hotels that are hits, and others that are duds, so as I mentioned take advantage of BetterBidding. If you use the "name your own price" feature on Hotwire, then you want to stick with areas 11, 2, 1 and 7, if possible. Same caveats apply.