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Safest part of Hollywood?

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Safest part of Hollywood?

We were considering staying at The Hotel Hollywood on Yucca Street but I have since read quite a few postings stating that the area is a bit unpleasant. Would it be better to stay for instance at Days Inn on Sunset Boulevard?

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1. Re: Safest part of Hollywood?

Could you share the actual postings? A couple of decades ago, Yucca was notorious for violence and drug dealing. But, crime really isn't an issue anymore in Los Angeles.

Both hotels are budget properties in Hollywood with decent reviews. My impression is the reviewers are budget travelers who are easily impressed. Hotel Hollywood is closer to the Capital Records Building and the 101 freeway at the eastern side of Hollywood. The Days Inn is south of the Chinese Theater. Aside was convenient access to the subway, both locations are not attractive areas.

The larger question is why stay in Hollywood? What is your actual itinerary? What is your nightly budget for a hotel? Are you planning on renting a car? Many visitors are under the impression Hollywood is a good location to stay in Los Angeles. Aside from some historic sights and plenty of tourist traps and many night clubs,the area is not attractive. It can take an hour or two to check out the place.

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2. Re: Safest part of Hollywood?

I disagree with the prior poster, Hollywood is a vibrant place that is enjoyed by millions per year, and can take a day or two to check out.

Any of the main streets are quite safe (of course, use common sense). Some locals find "tourist" places as not the best, as it is that "been there, done that" attitude, but for a first time visitor, there is so much to check out.

www.latourist.com/?page=hollywood-links

Plenty of popular Hotels are in Hollywood for a good reason. Some of them are at the top of the list at TA in its rankings for the entire city of LA.

tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g32655-zfn4-Los_Angel…

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3. Re: Safest part of Hollywood?

The area where The Hotel Hollywood is is safe enough, but Hitch had good questions, what is your overall itinerary?

There really isn't that much to Hollywood itself. The sights can be seen in a couple of hours, but it is convenient for the subway and the jumping off point for tours.

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4. Re: Safest part of Hollywood?

Thanks for the advice Darkbeer and HitchKennedy. I appreciate that Yucca has improved hugely since the 90s. There were just a few comments on some of the Tripadvisor reviews and a couple of Youtube clips that made me reconsider from a safety perspective. We intend to use the Metro line to explore further afield like Downtown and being near Hollywood is convenient for both Metro and the hop-on hop off buses etc and while I agree it may not be that pretty in Hollywood, it does have a certain vibrancy and has interesting places to see. On balance we have decided to go to Days Inn as it is in a bit more of a lively area that does not seem as isolated as Yucca Street, especially when going back to hotel at night.

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5. Re: Safest part of Hollywood?

SOunds like a good plan, enjoy your visit!

I like the LA Metro Subway and rail lines that can get you around to many places (Plus the Metro Orange Line Express Bus).

www.metro.net

Here is a nice guide published by the LA Metro.

…metro.net/docs/metro_destinations_guide.pdf

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6. Re: Safest part of Hollywood?

Absolutely, for access to the subway, it is a good location. It would be worthwhile to get your take on Hollywood after you've stayed there. Most locals would be hard-pressed to name anything interesting in the area (beyond wax museums) which takes more than an hour or two. In terms of pure vibrancy, downtown beats Hollywood easily. Downtown is clearly the most interesting part of town. Heading back to Days Inn on Sunset will be a bit dreary. Be sure to check out the Grammy Museum at LA Live. Tell us how this compares to Hollywood.

tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g32655-d17…

tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g32655-d20…

HTH

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7. Re: Safest part of Hollywood?

Many thanks again Darkbeer, the links in your last posting are excellent, just what we need! It will be great if they can complete the Santa Monica extension of the Metro Expo line by the time we arrive on our holiday in May 2015!

It seems like LA is getting much more visitor friendly for people without cars, which is especially good news for Europeans like ourselves who tend to like to use good public transport networks when visiting cities.

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8. Re: Safest part of Hollywood?

Thanks HitchKennedy, yes we are looking forward to visiting Downtown LA which again seems to be getting more visitor friendly as time goes by. There are some fascinating places down there with the mix of old buildings like the Biltmore and the spectacular skyscrapers. Plus strange and ghoulish places like the old Cecil Hotel which has a macabre history.

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9. Re: Safest part of Hollywood?

Here is a good TA top question in regards to public transit in California...

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g28926-c187744/Califo…

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10. Re: Safest part of Hollywood?

If you're up for downtown, you'll find there's a remarkable amount to do. Just understand, like LA, downtown is spread out. An excellent map can be found in the Downtown LA News which is widely available downtown. You can use the subway as your backbone. The Dash bus system is also very handy.

One place you ought to check out if you're in the Union Station/Olvera Street area is the historic Philippe's restaurant. Here is my review.

tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g32655-d3647…

If you're interested in architecture, downtown is a gold-mine. The LA Conservancy offers walking tours.

https://www.laconservancy.org/walking-tours

If the Expo Line opens in time for your visit, definitely take advantage. It will be a boon to the visitor relying on public transit. Just don't hold your breath to that opening date. That said, you should definitely consider stopping at the Natural History Museum and California Science Center at Exposition Park just south of the USC campus. The Expo Line stops right in front.

tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g32655-d10…

tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g32655-d10…

A book you might want to consider picking up is "Car-Free Los Angeles". The author used to be a contributor here.

amazon.com/Car-Free-Los-Angeles-Southern-Cal…

HTH