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Couple in early 30s - First time in LA

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Couple in early 30s - First time in LA

Hello tripadvisers!

We will be doing a roadtrip for our honeymoon early August, and we will be spending 2 nights in LA.

Where would you recommend us to stay, and do (we are not sure what we shouldn't miss from the major attractions)? We absolutely LOVE good food as well, and bars!

A friend suggested Santa Monica (which sounds good to me since we will have a car) but he couldn't be too informative as to why and where to go.

please help!!

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1. Re: Couple in early 30s - First time in LA

First, congratulations on your upcoming marriage.

Santa Monica is a beautiful area - a great beach on a beautiful section of the coast. The Santa Monica pier has a large carnival, complete with a full sized ferris wheel and roller coaster, just off the beach you'll find the 3rd St. Promenade, a 3-block long outdoor shopping center, with the Santa Monica Place mall on one end for even more shopping. There are tons of restaurants in this area, some of which are world class or very, very good in any case. Lots of bars in Santa Monica as well, especially in the Main St. area south of the Promenade. And Santa Monica has some wonderful, very nice hotels.

The downsides to Santa Monica are that a) hotels there tend to be pricey and b) being on the coast, its at the far western end of our Metro area, so while its the most central of the beach areas, its not the most central place overall, but most of the other touristy parts of the city are still pretty easily reachable from Santa Monica, especially with a car.

If Santa Monica is in your budget, another area that would also probably be would be West Hollywood. There are some great hotels in West Hollywood as well, many of which have their own great bar scenes, and the famous "Sunset Strip" portion of Sunset Blvd. runs through West Hollywood, where you'll find even more bars. And West Hollywood and the adjoining areas also have some tremendously good restaurants. West Hollywood also tends to be pretty central for a lot of tourist itineraries.

Overall though, specific suggestions would really depend on your hotel budget and also whatever itinerary you come up with.

As for what attractions to see and not to miss, really depends on your interests. What types of things interest you?

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2. Re: Couple in early 30s - First time in LA

Hello MachThree thank you so much for your reply!! and thanks for the congratulations as well! :))

Well to be honest, we found a lodge not ON Santa Monica Beach but further up on Pico Boulevard, about 7 minutes from the Pier by car. We thought that this is a budget choice for a place to stay with parking, for our 2 nights in LA, as we have the car and we could always drive to wherever we wanted? Is it a bad choice? we did not want to spend more than 400$ including taxes.

Well we wanted to see Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and Hollywood (another reason we thought our hotel location is good) Go to the Rodeo drive. But we do not really know much about LA! Em.. what else, oh we are not interested in Disneyland or museums.

We are open to suggestions really :)

Thank you again!!

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3. Re: Couple in early 30s - First time in LA

Hi,

we noticed that hotels are cheaper on Venice Beach... how about we stay there??? we do have a car so we dont mind driving.

What would you suggest? The lodge up on Pico Boulevard, or a hotel with view on Venice Beach?

thankyou!!!!

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4. Re: Couple in early 30s - First time in LA

Do you mean the Travelodge? Is that what you found?

Venice is cheaper, and some of the hotels are great, like the Erwin. What did you find?

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5. Re: Couple in early 30s - First time in LA

Venice is wonderful ... It's my favorite place to walk through ... But it's not for everyone ... You really need to read up on it a bit to see if you'd like it. Ocean Front Walk (the Espanade) is fine during the day if there are a lot of people around ... But it's not safe at night.

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6. Re: Couple in early 30s - First time in LA

Yes yes the travelodge! Do you know it? The reviews and location appear ideal!

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7. Re: Couple in early 30s - First time in LA

I wouldn't call it ideal, no. It's not in downtown Santa Monica - which is the area everyone refers to when they discuss SM (the area at the beach, the Pier, the Promenade). It's at the edge, in a more urban area. However, I notice it's received a facelift recently so it looks less like a chain motel than it used to (was quite an eyesore).

It's across the street from a few really great restaurants, like Upper West, Valentino, Lares, and a short walk to many more like Freddy Smalls, Vito, The Counter. It's convenient to freeways to get to other areas of LA.

But just know that when people say to stay in Santa Monica, they don't mean the Travelodge area. They mean the beach area where you can walk to endless restaurants, bars, shops, cafes, etc.

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8. Re: Couple in early 30s - First time in LA

Hi, check these 2 in Santa Monica: the SeaView Hotel on Ocean Avenue (amazing location) ... And SeaShore Motel on Main Street (really trendy area ... Not far from the Pier).

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