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Is West Hollywood too far out for tourists to stay?

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Is West Hollywood too far out for tourists to stay?

Hi everyone

We have booked accommodation in Downtown LA but after talking to a friend who has just come back from the states we are looking at different accommodation.

I have found the Best Western Plus Sunset Plaza Hotel at a good rate for 6 nights which is in West Hollywood.

Our question is: Is West Hollywood to far out of the way for when we do the tourist things like sight seeing shopping disneyland ball game universal studios walk of fame those types of things??

We are just thinking somewhere safer to stay but still within suitable distance to places.

Our transport will be mostly shuttles buses trains and taxis.

Thank you in advance :)

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1. Re: Is West Hollywood too far out for tourists to stay?

West Hollywood is actually very central to the areas of LA that visitors are interested in. It's closer to more shopping areas than Downtown LA. Downtown is better for going to Disneyland on transit, you'd have to go to Downtown first from West Hollywood. Downtown is farther from, but a quicker ride to Universal Studios, because from downtown you can take the Red Line subway, whereas from West Hollywood you'd have to take two buses. West Hollywood is a short bus ride to the Walk of Fame in Hollywood.

The Sunset Plaza is on Sunset Blvd., which is an interesting street of restaurants and clubs. The transit situation is somewhat tricky. Sunset Blvd. is served by the 2 Sunset bus line, which is quite frequent but rather slow. It goes west along Sunset to the Westwood/UCLA area and ultimately out to the ocean. It goes east to Hollywood, Silver Lake, and Downtown LA.

Sunset Boulevard is a few blocks steeply uphill from Santa Monica Blvd. If you're able to walk up and down, you can use the bus service on Santa Monica Boulevard. It's served the 4 local bus and (during the day) by the 704 rapid bus. You can take the 704 out to Santa Monica (though it only runs every 40 minutes that far out) and the 4 east to Silver Lake, Echo Park, and Downtown LA.

If you want to go places off these lines, especially at night, the transit is a lot more limited. Downtown LA has much more service, but it can be a long ride to some places as well.

I suggest you consider staying in Hollywood, where you can get a hotel that's on the Red Line subway, near the Sunset Blvd., Hollywood Blvd., and other buses, and walking distance to the Hollywood activities. There are moderate-priced hotels there.

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2. Re: Is West Hollywood too far out for tourists to stay?

West Hollywood is central, it is a very convenient location.

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3. Re: Is West Hollywood too far out for tourists to stay?

I often find that anywhere in LA is usually too far from where I intended to go. :-)

West Hollywood is actually quite central to a lot of places. Disneyland is actually in a different county from LA, so it's far whether you stay in downtown LA or West Ho.

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4. Re: Is West Hollywood too far out for tourists to stay?

Which ball game do you want to attend, and I presume you mean Baseball. (Other events in the area are Soccer and College Football in September.

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is actually near Disneyland in Orange County, and about 1 hour drive from the Downtown LA area (Weekday evening games can be attended from Downtown LA using the Angels Express Metrolink Train service from Union Station). The Angels are doing well and trying to make the playoffs. They are battling the Texas Ranges for the American League West, In fact, the last 3 games of the regular season in late September are at Angel Stadium against the Ranges. (Already got my tickets for Monday night :)

The other team is the Los Angeles Dodgers, which are having LOTS of problems, both on the field and off the field in regards to ownership/management. But if your visit matches up with their home games, it is closer. Also, they do provide public transit buses from Union Station to Dodger Stadium. (The one good piece of News from the Dodgers was that the classic broadcaster, Vin Scully, will return for his 64th year as a Dodger Broadcaster!)

So if you are looking at Disneyland and the Angels, you might want to spend a few nights in the Anaheim/Garden Grove area and then others in the Downtown LA/Hollywood and West Hollywood area.

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5. Re: Is West Hollywood too far out for tourists to stay?

Thank you everyone for your posts!!

Is hollywood safe?? This is the main reason that we are changing hotels because the area wasnt too safe for 2 young girls..

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6. Re: Is West Hollywood too far out for tourists to stay?

Hollywood is safe, it's just occasionally grungy in spots. Just don't go wandering off onto dark side streets at night (as if that was a good idea anywhere!). Hollywood has lots of people on the streets (especially on Hollywood Boulevard) both day and evening, which is a good safety factor.

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7. Re: Is West Hollywood too far out for tourists to stay?

So I should look at some hotels on sunset boulevard and Hollywood boulevard?? Does anyone have any recommendations??

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8. Re: Is West Hollywood too far out for tourists to stay?

What is your budget per night - that will help people help you.

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9. Re: Is West Hollywood too far out for tourists to stay?

Sorry forgot to add that... It would be around $200 a night..

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10. Re: Is West Hollywood too far out for tourists to stay?

West Hollywood on Sunset Plaza is geographically central, but Downtown LA has much, much better transportation options to get to all the places you listed. You can ride the subway from Downtown to Hollywood, Universal Studios, the train to Disneyland, etc.