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Where to stay in Los Angeles

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Where to stay in Los Angeles

I’m visiting California with my husband and teenage sons this August and aim to stay in LA for a couple of days. We’re not sure where to stay as a base - downtown or Long Beach. My sons want to see Venice beach as well as the sights in downtown. We will have a hire car and have heard it’s hard work driving in LA. Any ideas please to help us decide would be great.

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1. Re: Where to stay in Los Angeles

Downtown (DTLA) is the answer to your question. No way should you consider staying in Long Beach for LA tourism, especially if relying on public transportation. But why have you limited the choice to DTLA or LB? DTLA will be more expensive for parking a car, LB is just too remote.

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2. Re: Where to stay in Los Angeles

Hi gwen, and welcome to TripAdvisor forums

This forum is about the entire state of California. I recommend that you open the full TripAdvisor website (not the app) and look at the Los Angeles page. On the right you'll see some excellent Top Questions. Folks who know and love L.A. have curated that list for visitors. You might want to repost on that forum after you've read some of the relevant topics.

L.A. www.tripadvisor.com/ShowForum-g32655-i61

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3. Re: Where to stay in Los Angeles

Thanks for your advise. Where would you recommend we stay in Los Angeles then?

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4. Re: Where to stay in Los Angeles

gwen v, welcome to the forums.

It would help to update your profile so people know where you are from. That may effect recommendations. Since you said "hire car" instead of a "rental car" I'll assume you are from the UK or Australia.

If that is the case then it would help to know your itinerary, like how many total nights, sights you plan to see etc.

For example, if your plans include sights like Disneyland and Hollywood there is no one area to stay convenient for both, there is only mutual inconvenience. When people have 2-3 days for Disney and 2-3 days for LA sights we recommend splitting the stay.

In August, with a rental car I'd recommend staying at the beach, Manhattan Beach or Santa Monica. Which one you choose depends on your nightly hotel budget in U.S. dollars (another thing useful to tell the group here). If your budget won't allow a beach stay then West Hollywood/Beverly Center area would be my next pick.

If your plans include San Diego sights, that would be another place to stay and split nights.

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5. Re: Where to stay in Los Angeles

Difficult to say because you have not disclosed enough of your full itinerary. Many people would recommend Beverly Glen, but that depends on whether you have any destinations in the Hollywood or Mid-City areas. It is unusual for tourists to be interested only in Venice and Downtown and not Hollywood.

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6. Re: Where to stay in Los Angeles

Oh... and Long Beach is NOT what you want. There are no hotels near the nice beaches of Long Beach. Long Beach has some nice sights to see, but it NOT a convenient place to stay to tour So Cal, it merely ensures LOTS of driving in bad traffic.

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7. Re: Where to stay in Los Angeles

>>>Many people would recommend Beverly Glen<<<

I think you mean Beverly Grove, that which I call West Hollywood/Beverly Center area . Beverly Glen is an area/street just east of the 405 and there is no place to stay there.

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8. Re: Where to stay in Los Angeles

Scott is right, good catch. That’s what I get for posting too early in the morning.

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9. Re: Where to stay in Los Angeles

Long Beach, despite its name, is not a beach town, but a port. It has nice pockets, but it's a terrible location for touring LA, since it's an hour away in horrific traffic.

Downtown, aka DTLA, is also not where a tourist wants to be based. It has some amazing restaurants, but generally is a business area and undergoing a great deal of construction. Parking is extremely expensive.

Look in the area around The Grove or Beverly Center, West Hollywood, Hollywood, Venice, or Santa Monica. It will all come down to budget per night for a hotel/per room. What is your budget?

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10. Re: Where to stay in Los Angeles

Thanks for all your advice. Yes we’re travelling from the uk and doing a road trip of California, I’ve already booked accommodation in San Diego, Santa Barbara, Carmel and San Francisco. I’ve decided, after reading your comments to book in the West Hollywood area of LA.

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