I'm setting up an itinerary for a trip to Southern California in September/October 2014. Finding good/reasonable priced lodging always is an issue. I'd rather start early (as always). We also will be visiting Chicago and San Francisco (meaning already 5 nights that are expensive).
We will be driving southbound. On Saturday we will be staying in the Santa Barbara area. On Sunday need a safe, clean, reasonable place to stay (Quiet would be great. I'm sensitive to noise - street traffic or due to thin walls) in West / North LA / Santa Monica.
I don't like to stay in LA but a lady in my party would like to do the Hollywood Walk of Fame. After that we will be driving to Death Valley.
I thought Santa Monica would be a good choice (from a short stop years ago), to spend one afternoon. But the major reason for staying in LA is to make a wish of one of my fellow travellers come true.
Breakfast doesn't necessarily need to be included, if there are good dining options within walking distance.
Since we (as outlined above) already spend big bucks on the nights in Chicago, San Francisco and Death Valley, I would be glad to get a good night's sleep for not more than $100.00 plus tax. Need 2 or 3 rooms. Might also be in another area, as long as the drive on Monday morning to the Hollywood Boulevard/Walk of Fame will not take to long. We will have a rental car, so we are flexible.
Any suggestions? Thank you.