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where can I stay that is central to all attractions

where can I stay that is central to all attractions

6 Answers

answered by
Alexander from Los Angeles

It really depends on whether you're going to have a car or not. I'd highly recommend you to rent one. It's not expensive, but you'll be able to see much more during your stay.

Regarding location I support Maria O'Dwyer answer. She's pointed good locations. But bear in mind there is no a "universal" location. You won't be able just walk all the LA attractions. The city is huge.

We lived at Echo Park and then at Leimert Park. The districts are different, but safe, clean and comfortable to live. Both of the are relatively close to Hollywood, Melrose Ave, Beverly HillsGriffith Observatory, The Grove, and University of Southern California. It's just 30 minutes drive to Santa Monica and Venice Beach. Both districts have good supermarkets in the area, like Vons or Ralphs. 

Leimert park  

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Echo Park (attraction)
  2. Leimert Park (attraction)
  3. Hollywood (city)
  4. Melrose Ave (attraction)
  5. Beverly Hills (neighborhood)
  6. Griffith Observatory (attraction)
  7. The Grove (attraction)
  8. University of Southern California (attraction)
  9. Santa Monica (city)
  10. Venice Beach (attraction)

answered by
Sally from Los Angeles

I recommend West Hollywood. It's really fun and trendy and close to attractions like Melrose, The Grove, Hollywood, Miracle Mile (for museums) and Beverly Hills. Santa Monica and Venice aren't too far either. Plus, there are lots of great bars and restaurants! 

Alternatively, Beverly Hills is a good, albeit upscale option. 

I do agree with people that LA is very spread out, so it also depends on what you want to see but I think West Hollywood is more or less as central as it gets for this city. 

Have fun!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. West Hollywood (city)
  2. Beverly Hills (neighborhood)

answered by

The best area to be central for most locations in San Francisco is one of the hotels located right around Union Square.  Fortunately, there are dozens from which to choose, in various price ranges.  Personally, I am quite loyal to three: Hotel Triton, Hotel Monaco San Francisco, and Clift Hotel.  Stayed at each at least a dozen nights with nary a bad experience. 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Union Square (attraction)
  2. Hotel Triton (hotel)
  3. Hotel Monaco San Francisco (hotel)
  4. Clift Hotel (hotel)
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answered by
Laurance from Los Angeles

Alas, the attractions  are spread out all over. There  are some museums  downtown  where  the Walt Disney Concert Hall,  some  performance  venues, a  new  cathedral  are also .

 The Los Angeles County Museum of Art,  the La Brea Tar Pits, and the Petersen Automotive Museum are in  the  same  area but  some distance  from  downtown.

The  public  transportation  system  is dicey  but useful  from/to some  of  the  above.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Walt Disney Concert Hall (attraction)
  2. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (attraction)
  3. La Brea Tar Pits (attraction)
  4. Petersen Automotive Museum (attraction)

answered by
Kevin from Hermosa Beach

It depends by what "all attractions" you want to see. LA is very spread out; the Beverly Hills area is between HollywoodSanta Monica.

I always suggest staying 1-2 days in different areas. Otherwise, you're looking at driving and that's a challenge with the traffic and poorly-designed freeway ramps and interchanges.

There is little public transportation, too, what what there is, is very confusing requires several changes and is impossible to get reliable information about it.

The one exception is downtown to Hollywood; there is the Red Line train. But the trains don't run at night.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Beverly Hills (neighborhood)
  2. Hollywood (attraction)
  3. Santa Monica (city)

answered first by
Maria from Dublin

Hi Jay,

We stayed, last summer, in an apartment on Sunset and Hayworth, which was really convenient. The apartment had a communal pool, gym, rooftop chill-out area and free parking. We booked through Flipkey. It cost about the same as a decent hotel room but we had two bedrooms, a kitchen/living room and oodles of space. We could walk to restaurants and to places like Runyon Canyon Park  The Grove LACMA  Hollywood and Beverly Hills were all a short drive away.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Runyon Canyon Park (attraction)
  2. The Grove (attraction)
  3. LACMA (attraction)
  4. Hollywood (attraction)
  5. Beverly Hills (neighborhood)
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