I visited LA about 12 years ago and chose to stay in the Manhattan Beach (MB) area basically just on a whim. I was traveling on my own and was really glad I picked MB. Of course I did all the touristy things in LA but I spend a lot of time on Manhattan Beach and Hermosa. It seems like at the time it was easier to find a hotel in Manhattan Beach as opposed to Hermosa or Redondo. I actually went twice, 2000 and 2001. Loved it.
Now I'm about to head back with a friend of mine (two bachelors) and I'm wondering if we should still try to stay in that area. One of the things that worries me is that I do not remember many hotels on or near the beach in the Manhattan Beach area or Hermosa either, so that is a negative for us.
If someone wants to stay on the beach on a visit to LA, what part of town do you go too?
I know I'm posting this on the Manhattan Beach forum, but I'm hoping someone will give me honest advice about the question. I guess I may post in the Los Angeles forum also.