Where to stay in Los Angeles

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1. Posted by BeckyDLF (Full Member 9 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

My boyfriend and I can't decide what area in Los Angeles to stay, near the ocean like the Venice Beach area... or in the Heart of Downtown? help us!!!!!!!!!!!

2. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 2004 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Best places to stay in LA (for activities but still not costing a fortune) in order are:

1) Santa Monica
2) Manhattan Beach
3) Redondo Beach
4) Buena Park/Anaheim
5) Laguna Beach
6) Huntington Beach
7) Westwood
8) Pasadena/South Pasadena/San Marino/Burbank
9) West Hollywood
10) Newport Beach

Worst places in LA:
1) Compton
2) Watts/South Central LA
3) Hollywood
4) East Los Angeles
5) Downtown south of 12th street or so

In general, it is better to stay near the beach where it's a little more costly, but not as expensive as in Newport, Beverly Hills, Bel-Air, or Brentwood. Definitely stay out of South Central--stretching down to the Compton area.


3. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 2004 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Oh, by the way--Venice Beach is one of the nicest places to visit, but worst beach to stay at of almost all the beaches (except maybe San Pedro or downtown Long Beach areas).

4. Posted by BeckyDLF (Full Member 9 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

thank you for your info!

5. Posted by AdrianF (Budding Member 32 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi Becky,

I am actually in L.A now. I was only meant to be here originally for 3 days but stayed am staying a week instead.

I have stayed in Santa Monica, West Hollywood and am currently in Central Hollywood, just off Hollywood Boulevard, where the walk of fame is.

West Hollywood - I only stayed here for 2 nights, and i stayed in the Orbit Hotel and Hostel. It was a lovely place and great people, slightly seedy, but no problems.

Santa Monica - I stayed with this girl I bumped in to for 2 nights, so don't really no about accomodation in this area. But as for Santa monica itself it was more bohemian then Hollywood, so the people seemed to have their feet firmly placed on the ground. Lovely area all sorts of pubs and nightlife.

Hollywood - Well I know the fella above said avoid here, but I think I think you should defiantely not miss it. It is right in the heart of everything, the chinese Theatre, the Kodak theatre, the walk of fame... Everything that makes Hollywood gain notority. In between the tacky souvenir shops and weirdo's it has a certain aura which is hard to put your finger on. Great nightlife and good hostels/hotels.

If you would like anymore info on places to stay, things to see/do, please send me a private message and post here on the forum.

I am sure you will have a good time.

One Love...

6. Posted by Twinkle (Respected Member 1112 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Definatley Venice or Santa Monica!!!!!Avoid staying in Hollywwod, I didnt feel too safe up there and got a bit bored of it...if your in Venice you can make the most of the beaches and there are some cool little bars and bistros!!!Check out Coldstone...best ice cream ever!!!!

7. Posted by javawhz (Budding Member 9 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Yes, avoid Downtown...it is a really shady area. Santa Monica and West Hollywood are your best bets as they are close to many of the attractions you will be seeing :)

8. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

When I was in LA last year, I found the USA Hostels Hollywood was a really great place to stay. There was so much to see and do within a few subway stops. A site best seen at night (Universal City) is 1 subway stop away. Downtown LA was pretty crap by usual downtown standards, by Hollywood is a really cool place and the USA Hostels Hollywood was one of the best hostels I stayed at in 27 countries. They had cheap or free activities every day of the week at the hostel. There was a couple of days that had a free shuttle to Venice and Santa Monica beach. Another tour was a walking tour that took you right above the famous Hollywood sign and got you where you can get the best photo possible of it. There was also a walking tour through the famous peoples houses. The hostel had a really great atmosphere to it, it was also pretty cheap. It is off Hollwood Boulevard down Shrader Boulevard. Get off at Hollywood/Highland station and when you exit, cross the road and walk down the road (left when you exit the station). It's a few blocks away, and well worth going to. They arrange other tours to various regions and will help you with directions to places you want to go.

9. Posted by LAlove (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I know Hollywood can be intimidating but if you want to be in the middle of all the action that is the place to stay. When you are in Hollywood you can walk the streets and see the Chinese theater, see all the stars on the street and enjoy the Hollywood and Highland complex. There is a ton of stuff to do there. The complex even has a hotel right next to it, The Renaissance Hollywood hotel. Good luck with your search

10. Posted by Cool Paul (Respected Member 611 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

When I went there I stayed in North Hollywood in some cheap motel. when I was there people were telling us that was bad neighborhood. I couldn't help but laugh, I thought it was gorgeous, and really clean. Me and my friends were walking around at all hours of the night and always felt safe. I always heard from people it was a smoggy, dirty, dangerous city. But I've lived in philly my entire life so...that probably has something to do with it.