(Closed) What area of LA to stay in?

posted 11 years ago in Los Angeles
Post # 3
364 posts
Helper bee

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
2475 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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
5493 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

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 # 7
159 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

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. 

Have fun!

Post # 8
80 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

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
4479 posts
Honey bee
  • 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.

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