Post # 1
as usual, I turn to the posts here for some input an advice. We have decided on heading to Tahiti for our honeymoon, but would like to spend a couple days in LA prior to going to Papeete (we run a videography/photography business, and he is REALYL excited about seeing some of the sites around Hollywood, Beverly Hills etc), however, what areas of LA are the best, ans safest to stay? I have heard that Hollywood itself can be dangerous… but that Beverly Hills is really out of the way of other attractions and such…. Where is a good, safe place to stay (I have phobias of safety after my apartment was broken into a couple years ago!) any and all input is greatly appreciated!!
Post # 3
Check out Pasadena, it’s about an hour from LA but it’s a great city. It’s where the Rose Bowl and Rose Parade are every year. It’s also where I grew up. 🙂 Good luck!
Post # 4
I also second the Pasadena idea. I currently live in Pasadena, and it’s very central to lots of attractions. Downtown is about 20 minutes away, Santa Monica/Bev Hills is about 40 minutes away, Hollywood is about 15 minutes away, Griffith Park is about 15 minutes away (all of these are estimates without accounting for traffic). And Pasadena itself is a great city… we have Old Town Pasadena, the Rose Bowl, a great City Hall. And if you’re looking for an ultra romantic and special stay here, check out the Langham Hotel. It’s fabulous! Hope this helps! 🙂
Post # 5
I live in Hollywood and while it’s true that Hollywood used to be pretty unsafe, it has come a long way in the past 10 years. I’ve honestly never felt unsafe living in the area and walking around at night. Hollywood is the central place to stay. My favorite hotel in the area is The Roosevelt. For more scen-y hotels check out anything on the sunset strip. Also West Hollywood is a great location. It’s in between Hollywood and Beverly Hills but it’s definitely a bit “nicer…cleaner”. There are lots of great, fun hotels in the area. If you’re interested in more a beachy scene Santa Monica would be the place. Hollywood is about a 20 minute drive away. Feel free to PM me if you have any other questions.
Post # 6
I looked at Hollywood roosevelt, but the reviews are all saying its very loud and party atmosphere, which I’m not sure we would want to start off our honeymoon… any other ideas for hotels?? recommendations?
Post # 7
Check out Lowe’s in Santa Monica or I second the Langham in Pasadena (it used to be the Ritz-Carlton). Also the Montage Resort in Laguna Beach is beautiful. All great hotels…but none are very budget friendly. But, hey…it’s your honeymoon. Live it up!
I also have to chime in that Hollywood is really not dangerous. Or not any more dangerous than any other large city would be. Maybe don’t hang out in dark alleys in the middle of the night but I think that’s a pretty good rule to follow anywhere.
Post # 8
I assume you’ll have a car in LA? There’s really no other way to see the city. I agree with PP — Hollywood would be fun and is relatively safe. Downtown LA has some great hotels too — Bonaventure, Biltmore, and The Standard come to mind right away.
Post # 9
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
I live in and love Pasadena, but I wouldn’t recommend a tourist stay here. I think Santa Monica or somewhere near the beach–particularly Malibu–is where to stay on a trip to LA. You’re going to need a car no matter where you stay (public transit is abysmal here), but I recommend the beach for a few reasons. In October we frequently have wild fires and if you are unfortunate enough to be here during one, the beach will be the only nice place to stay (FI and I spent all the first week of October running to Santa Monica every night because it was so smokey here). It can be pretty hot still, even early in the fall, and the temperature is much more pleasant by the beach. And the views are always beautiful, even if the weather isn’t hot anymore.