We will be in LA in September for 3 days and we have been advised to stay in West Hollywood - the Grafton Hotel.
Never been to LA before and from reading the forums alot of people are suggesting staying in Santa Monica.
We were not going to hire a car while we are in LA. Is West Hollywood in a good location and close to the sites and restaurants etc.
Santa Monica is really cool, I really like it there - but haven't been for years though!
You'll be wasting your time if you do not rent a car in LA - absolutely necessary in such a spread out town! The center of LA (Hollywood area) is hardly the best part.
Im just back and we stayed in the YHA Hostel in Santa Monica big clean safe hostel. Santa Monica is a good base for LA, beach and pier is 2 blocks away, one block away is loads of shops/restaurants. We got the bus to Hollywood Boulevard only $5 and the hostel runs free tours most days to places like Venice beach, Malibu. You can also easily rent a bike a cycle along to muscle beach, Venice from Santa Monica. If you want to stay closer to downtown then i think the USA Hostel is meant to be ok.