So I'll be in LA for my birthday from 7/10-7/15, flying into LAX. I'm thinking about getting a rental car so I don't have to use a taxi the whole time, but I'm not sure where to stay. I'm looking at 4 different hotels, can anybody tell me which one would be best, in the best neighborhood? I'm looking at The Line, Elan Hotel, Hampton Inn Los Angeles/Sherman Oaks, & The Brentwood Inn. I'm also possibly looking into staying at a vacation rental its in the Hollywood Hills or as it states "The guest unit is nestled in the hills of Hollywood just west of the 101 at the top of the hill looking down on the whole city.". I'm not sure where to stay. I'm not wanting to spend a lot but I want to stay in a safe neighborhood and semi-close to tourist places. Can anybody help me out? As for places I'm hoping to go:
La Brea Tar Pits
Hollywood Walk of Fame
I'm going to a taping of a show at CBS
Runyon Canyon Park
Santa Monica's 3rd Street Promenade
What other places should I definitely check out?