OK, so heading out to the US on the 1st of Oct. Not the place we really wanted to fly though on our way to NZ but hey, LA here we come.
Anyhow, thought we'd better make the most of it but so far our 11 day stop over is set to cost a s*** load. (i said shed) Anyhow, can anyone recommend some semi-decent places to stay in LA that aren't gona bankrupt us but are also in OK areas of town (anyone got any 'best kept secrets?')
Also, plan to travel up to San Fran as we're in the area. If anyone has any advice on travel up there and/or hostels it would be most welcome.
Also, if anyone is in these areas between the 1st-11th Oct give me a shout
I don't know if you guys have Priceline in Europe, but I bid on a 4 star hotel in Beverly Hills/Century City area and got an amazing place to stay for just under $100/night once. It's worth a try...
If a hostel is what you are after, in Los Angeles you should look at staying at USA Hostels Hollywood. That is a really good hostel which has a lot of free or cheap activities that run on different days of the week. It is also located right in the heart of the Hollywood district but down a side street so you get a good nights sleep assuming you don't have any drunk inconsiderate room mates. They also had a free pick up service from the airport if you stay a certain number of nights (I think it was 4, but this was back in 2006 so it may have changed this policy).
I can't recommend any good place to stay in San Fra, but avoid the YHA hostel there as it is right in the heart of the drug addict and drunk district and lacks any good aspects at all. You will know the district by looking at a few shop windows which had signs mentioning the problem in the area.
[ Edit: Edited on Sep 20, 2008, at 6:51 PM by aharrold45 ]
I did a "holiday" in those areas last year and loved it, I'd recommend flying from LA to san fran and driving the pacific coast road back ... its amazing, and quite a few camp sites on the way which I wish we had time to stop at when we did it, we did the drive in one go which took about 8hrs and was hassle free, car hire is reasonable.
San fran is an expensive place to stay on the whole, I didnt like staying in the centre to be honest cos it was just another city, but maybe do one night in the centre then the rest near the coast?
LA is really cheap to eat and drink, I think we where spending approximately £10 per day each on food, in nice places. We only stayed at hotels which averaged out at £30 each per night (3 sharing) but we did stay in 4* hotels, although we did a motel one night which was about $90 all in (£45 for the 3 of us)!
Car hire wasnt expensive, we hired a 4x4 for 4-5 days for about £100 inc sat nav.
So if you want to do this on a budget it can be done!!!
But definatley do the cost road from San Fran to LA, youd be silly not too its breathtaking.
USA hostel in San Fran is brilliant craic and very central...stayed in Venice Beach Cotel, is right on the beach, I really liked it as a base for exploring other areas...enjoy!!
the Backpackers Paradise hostel in LA is pretty decent and has free food and drink for guests each night. Apparently its not in the greatest area (Inglewood), but theres a shuttle that'll take you places so you don't have to face the streets on your own lol
In 'Hilton San Francisco and Towers' is a good one. This hotel/resort is right next door to some of the best shopping in the west. 'Jeanne d'Arc' is another good one. Good to go for -snip-
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