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We're taking our two children to Los Angeles in June for a family vacation. We plan to visit Disneyland and Universal studios. I'm looking for a hotel to stay at that's fairly in the middle of these two parks. We will be staying for 4-5 days.
The hotels near Disneyland will be much cheaper, so if budget is a concern that will be an easy decision. There is a lot more to do and see in Hollywood though so you may want to do 2 days in Anahiem and 2 days in Hollywood. #The Sheraron Universal is a good property that is a very close to #Universal Studios and close to the #WB studio also which I would recommend also going to since it is a true Studio tour. ...plus you will not be too far a drive to Hollywood Blvd to see the stars on the sidewalk and so forth. The #madam Tussauds wax museum is a really good attraction that you and your kids should love. Have fun!
Disneyland Parkis in the city of Anaheim and there isn't much to do there except Disneyland. Universal City, CA is about 30 miles north and is much closer to the beach cities, and lots of other points of interest.
I don't recommend you stay between the two locations. Instead spend 2 days in one place and 3 in the other.
Visit Marriott.com and search for Residence Inn. The category is an all suites property and you will have 2 rooms plus a kitchen. Marriott is everywhere in LA and each property has a map and tourist info of local things to do. Townplace is another all suite Marriott brand.
Distances in LA are vast, traffic is terrible and you want to minimize drive time. So choose 2 locations and do what's local.
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If you are only looking to spend time at the parks and your hotel, it might be worth it to start at one hotel by one park and then move to a second hotel closer to the other park. This way you are not spending time on the road in traffic either in the morning or at night when you are tired and your kids are excited about seeing Mickey Mouse. Traffic and travel time will eat into your experience and it will be a saving grace to be close to your hotel.
I would strongly suggest an apartment instead of a hotel, especially with children as you will usually have lots of additional facilities like cooking and laundry as well as more space to chill out. We rented an apartment just off Sunset Blvd last year, which had a pool, gym, roof garden and a large living space as well as two bedrooms. It also had secure free parking and was pretty good value. I noticed that there are now lots of great apartments on www.Airbnb.com with minimum stays of 1-3 days. If you avoid the crazy LA traffic rush hours it's an easy drive to both Disneyland and Universal and there is so much to do in Hollywood Santa Monica Venice Beachand great places to see in Downtown Los Angeles that you would probably benefit from being close to the action.
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