just seeing if anyone has any advice on places to stay in los angeles. ive got 4 days in san francisco sorted and then i drive to LA down the coast. lots of places have been booked as its a bank holiday week. amazing that a bank holiday in engalnd has that affect over there. looking for 4 or 5 nights in hollywood area. that should be enough. maybe too much? then 4 or 5 nights on the coast near a beach. not looking for anything expensive. i was quoted £700 for 5 nights at a hotel in beverly hills. i know you get what you pay for but im looking for something comfortable at a cheaper price.
anyone know of any nice places that not many people no about?
I'm afraid that I don't have any recommendations for places to stay at. Just wanted to advice that four days in LA is very likely to be "too much". LA really is a rather ugly and grey city. A day in Hollywood, a day for Santa Monica and Long Beach - and then you've pretty much exhausted the city. Much better to spend an extra day on the coast, imo. Santa Cruz, Monterey, and the Big Sur area all deserve at least a day on their own, and many people like Santa Barbara or the Santa Maria area as well.
I could not agree more with Sander's post above. LA used to be paradise, BUT NO MORE (unless you like auto fumes)! Instead of stopping in LA, continue driving south along the coast to Laguna Beach or into San Diego.
You don't say when? If you're talking mid-summer, you might just swing north instead of south and into Oregon and Washington where we curently have no fires, it's still green, and also less crowded and cheaper.
I suggest you try either the Hollywood Hills Hotel (1st choice) or the Ramada near Universal Studios (2nd choice) for your Hollywood Hotel, and I suggest the Doubletree Guest Suites in Santa Monica (for the coastal hotel).
You should be able to get one of the first two hotels for about 70 to 80 GBP per night and the second one for about 130 GBP if yoiu book through a discount site like expedia, hotels.com, or travelocity.
And while Daawgon and Sander are right that LA isn't what it used to be, it's still a popular place to visit and there are many things worth seeing (and not everyone wants to go to the rural areas of Oregon and Washington for their trip to the US).
If you are looking for some fun things to do, there are:
TV studios in Hollywood
Universal Studios (nearby to Hollywood)
Grauman's Chinese Studio
Nice beaches in Santa Monica and Venice--and the pier in Santa Monica
Getty museum just north of Santa Monica
Westwood area (lots of great restaurants and comedy clubs and theatres and clubs) just east of Santa Monica (this is also where UCLA is at)
Huntington Library and Gardens is east in San Marino
South of town is Disneyland (in Anaheim) and Knotts Berry Farm (in Buena Park)
North of town (in Valencia) is Six Flags Magic Mountain
Other beach cities worth visiting are Huntington Beach and Newport Beach
And in mid-July to mid-August in Laguna Beach are lot of great art festivals
We stayed in Hollywood for a couple of days. If you want cheap accommodation, close to the sights of Hollywood and near the subway, I would recommend Motel 6. We paid around $75 per night and the rooms were clean. If you have a car they charge an extra $10 per day, which is cheap by Hollywood standards.