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L.A. neighbourhoods - hotel recommendations, confused!

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L.A. neighbourhoods - hotel recommendations, confused!

Hi everyone, me and my husband are staying in Los Angeles for 6 nights in September. We will not be hiring a car so we are looking for recommendations on which areas or hotels you would recommend. I have read up about the different neighbourhoods in L.A. and i am getting confused between all of the different areas. We like to stay in the main part of everything, close to pubs, cheap restaurants & easily accessible transport so ideally near a hop on/hop off bus stop would be perfect. We want to be able to explore as much of the city as we can in our stay, so somewhere central would be best. We want to do the Hollywood homes, the walk of fame, hollywood sign, santa monica pier, one day at Universal Studios & one day at Six Flags also & whatever else we can fit in, pretty much just explore as much of the city as possible.

We dont have a budget at this stage but we will look at any 3, 4 or 5 star recommendations and go from there. We are trying to work out the best location for now

Which areas or hotels would you recommend to stay at so we are in the middle of everything and easily accessible to the hop on/hop off bus or public transport? And also close enough so we can get to the hollywood stars & homes easily etc. Would love your opinions

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1. Re: L.A. neighbourhoods - hotel recommendations, confused!

For what you want to see, I'd stay in Hollywood. There are several hotels in the area. I've stayed at the Holiday Inn Express Walk of Fame on Highland Avenue. But you should check out Orchid Suites, Magic Castle and Hollywood Celebrity Hotels which are popular on this site. Other people will give you more choices.

I enjoyed the Holiday Inn Express ... its not very old, has large rooms, pool, and free hot buffet breakfast included in the price.

It's a 5-10 minute walk to the corner of Hollywood Blvd and Highland Avenue.

On this corner is a metro station .. so that's easy for transport. It's one stop from Universal Studios.

Also on this corner is the Kodak Theatre where the Oscars are held. And next door is the Hollywood and Highland Centre; the Graumans Chinese Theatre where the stars footprints and hand prints are in cement; along Hollywood Blvd is the stars names in the sidewalk.

Tours for Beverly Hills, stars homes, Santa Monica and others leave from outside the chinese theatre .. so that is convenient for you as well.

And there are numerous restaurants and shops around.

Here are some websites for you to check out.

www.farmersmarketla.com

www.hollywoodandhighland.com

www.universalstudioshollywood.com

www.hiexpress.com

www.supershuttle.com (for your transfers to and from the airport)

Good luck.

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2. Re: L.A. neighbourhoods - hotel recommendations, confused!

Hollywood near the intersection of Hollywood Blvd. and Highland Ave. tends to be the best area to stay without a car. First, its a big public transit hub - bus service from this intersection is excellent and there is also a subway station here. Universal Studios is one stop away on the subway, for instance. Second, Star Line Tours, which is the biggest tour operator in LA, stages their tours in front of the Chinese Theater which is at this intersection - www.starlinetours.com Star Line is also the operator of the hop-on/hop-off tour. In addition, you'll be able to get a good view of the Hollywood sign here, and the Walk of Fame runs through this intersection.

The two nicest hotels in this area are the Renaissance Hollywood hotel and the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel. The next tier of hotels includes the Holiday Inn Express Walk of Fame that was already mentioned, as well as the Hollywood Heights Hotel and the Magic Castle Hotel.

If you are arriving at LAX you can reach this area for $8.50 per person - $7 for the FlyAway bus from LAX to Union Station (http://www.lawa.org/welcome_LAX.aspx?id=292), and $1.50 to take the subway from Union Station to the Hollywood / Highland station (www.metro.net). You can also take a taxi where the cost would be about

$55, or www.supershuttle.com or www.primetimeshuttle.com, usually $15 or $16 per person.

The easiest way to reach Magic Mountain would probably be to book Star Line's Magic Mountain service. Its possible to reach Magic Mountain via public transit, but its somewhat complicated, or you could take a taxi but the fare would be expensive.

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3. Re: L.A. neighbourhoods - hotel recommendations, confused!

Did you read up about the neighborhoods here on our TOP QUESTIONS / FAQs section? If not, look them over (both sections have identical content).

Bottom line, there is no single neighborhood that is close to everything you want to see. By public transit, Magic Mountain (which is outside of the sprawling city of Los Angeles), will take between 75 and 135 minutes (EACH WAY) to reach from Hollywood (which is the best place for you to stay).

Similarly, public transit transfer from Hollywood to Santa Monica will take an hour or more, each way. Much of what you're looking to visit is near to or in Hollywood, e.g.

Hollywood homes Tour, the walk of fame, hollywood sign, Universal Studios and the Hop On, Hop Off (HoHo) tour. (The HoHo is accessible from dozens of places throughout the metro area).

Depending on what other SPECIFIC sites you wish to visit, you might want to split your visit into 2 parts -- staying in Hollywood for part of the trip and somewhere on the 'westside' of our city for the balance. Thus far, the only specific westside attraction you've mentioned is Santa Monica. If you plan to visit others, staying in Santa Monica for part of the time might be convenient (among other things, Santa Monica is closer to LAX than Hollywood).

Of course, splitting your trip would necessitate packing and unpacking an extra time but you wouldn't have to do so with much care since you wouldn't be checking your luggage during the transfer between hotels.

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4. Re: L.A. neighbourhoods - hotel recommendations, confused!

Hollywood's too hot in September, stay west, as close to Santa Monica as possible. Westwood maybe if not Santa Monica/Venice/Marina del Rey.

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5. Re: L.A. neighbourhoods - hotel recommendations, confused!

I second HSJ's recommendation. For 6 days in LA on transit, the most convenient thing is to split your stay. That will minimize long bus rides.

For what you've mentioned Hollywood and Santa Monica would be the most convenient split. Santa Monica is a lovely town in itself, and downtown Santa Monica is also a transit hub with buses to Venice, Malibu, Westwood (UCLA) and other places. Santa Monica is generally pricier for 3-5 star places, though there are some very nice hotels.

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