Other areas to stay in LA
There are many beautiful places to stay in the wider Los Angeles region. The public transport system including buses, the subway and trains means that each area has good access to the city centre. While staying on Hollywood Boulevard offers the best access to the famous sights of Los Angeles, these other areas are also worth considering. Depending on your budget and circumstances, Los Angeles will have something for you.
A lovely beach and good year round climate make Santa Monica one of the best places to stay for enjoying the Southern Californian Coast. Los Angeles is fairly close to the east, yet you can avoid its bustle by staying in one of Santa Monica’s lovely hotels even if you need to visit the City. There is a 3.5 mile stretch of coastline and the whole of Santa Monica is eminently walkable. Everything you need for a great time is close at hand, shopping, bars and restaurants. Los Angeles International Airport is just 8 miles distant to the south.
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The reputation that Beverly Hills has earned as the home of movie stars is truly accurate. It is certainly a great area to stay and if you do, one of the most popular tours drives past the homes of the world’s top stars. Whether you get to actually see any of the stars while you are there is purely a matter of chance. Shoppers head for Rodeo Drive where your dollars can soon disappear in the trendiest of shops. Luxury hotels will stretch your budget as well but for special occasions, why not? Beverly Gardens Park and its illuminated Beverly Hills sign, Greystone Mansion and The Beverly Hills Hotel are landmarks to visit while in Beverly Hills.
Hotels in Beverly Hills
Historic District, Little Tokyo, Chinatown
This area offers good accommodation options for reasonable prices but it is not in the city centre. While it is the furthest area from the beach, this spot has some great nightlight scenes and some of the city’s best restaurants. The trains, subway system and buses mean that Downtown LA is well connected to the rest of the city.
Hotels in Downtown Los Angeles
This is a very central place in LA and the hotels tend to be primarily along Sunset Boulevard which offers spectacular views of Santa Monica Boulevard and the cityscape. Hotels are generally affordable but can be a bit pricey depending on the room choice. The buses and public transport makes this area well connected to Hollywood Boulevard and the city centre.
Hotels in West Hollywood
This neighbourhood has emerged as its own area in the last 10 years. It is located quite close to West Hollywood but has its own features and distinct style. There is an abundance of shopping and dining at the eastern end of the neighbourhood. It is quite a family friendly area and has excellent accommodation options. A positive about this area is that it is pedestrian friendly and there is good walking access to the shopping and dining precincts. Public transport means it is easy to get to surrounding areas of Hollywood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica beach.
Hotels in Beverly Grove
Here there are comfortable and affordable hotels that have stunning views of California. It is very close to the LAX which makes it ideal for travellers and people in transit. Venice Beach is also very close by. However, it is quite a traffic congested area and takes an hour commute to reach the main sights. For a more peaceful and relaxed Los Angeles holiday, this remote area would be ideal.
Hotels in Marina Del Rey
UCLA campus, Westwood Village
This is a university area and the village is located next to UCLA. The student life makes for cheaper prices in terms of eating out and drinking. There is plenty of local shopping and dining as well as good public transport connected this area to Santa Monica and Beverly Hills. There are a lot of movie theatres to catch up on Hollywood films and many restaurant options to dine out.
Hotels in Westwood
Los Angeles International Airport, Century Boulevard
The convenience of staying near the airport comes with a sizable price tag. Public transport connects the airport well to the main parts of the city and the tourist sights, but the area itself is quite deserted. For a quick stay during a transit period, it is recommended to stay near the airport.
Hotels in LAX
If the sun and sand are the drawcard for a Los Angeles holiday, Manhattan Beach is an ideal location. It is close to the major freeways and the LAX. The main street in the downtown area has many restaurants and cosy shops along the tree lined roads. There is a stunning pier and hands on aquarium at the water front and the paved pathways make for excellent walking, skating or cycling tracks. This is quite a family friendly area with affordable hotel options.
Hotels in Manhattan Beach
The water front of this area has excellent hotel accommodation options at affordable prices. Located at the base of the Palos Verdes hills you will be surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes here. There are plenty of restaurant options to eat out at as well as water based activities. Fresh and delicious sea food is on the menu at many of the restaurants in this area. This is an excellent location for boat rides, fishing and water sports.
Hotels in Redondo Beach
This beautiful location offers a perfect place for a beach holiday. The sparkling white sand beaches are adjacent with paved pathways. The Strand is an ideal place for joggers and bike riders to enjoy the Californian sunshine. There are many restaurants and bars located at the Pier Plaza as well as nightclubs. The Comedy and Magic Club feature well known comedic personalities each Sunday night. There are many hotels along the Pier that offer stunning waterfront views.
Hotels in Hermosa Beach
Ocean Front Walk, beaches
This bohemian beach town is a contrast to many other neighborhoods around Los Angeles. It is a great area to stay with plenty of colors in its murals, quirky shops and street performers. It is easily accessible with the Airport just 7 miles south. Highlights in Venice include the Ocean Front Walk where many of the performers are in action and the busy Abbot Kinney Boulevard home of boutiques, bars and eateries. The outdoor gym Muscle Beach and the Skate Park are for those looking for exercise. If all you want in gentle exercise, walk along the canals and relax on the beach.
Hotels in Venice Beach