New Delhi, India
Me and my wife would be in LA for 3 days in March.
Our interest lies in sight seeing, beaches, parties, hollywood and Universal Studios.
I prefer to do an Airbnb or an economical hotel (anybody's friend is renting out on Airbnb, please let me know here).
Please suggest a place where should I look for a room?From where travelling should be convenient to Universal Studios and lively areas (clubs, restaurants, beaches) should be on a walking distance/train connectivity.
Are the cabs expensive in LA?
In 3 days I plan to cover:
- Hollywood walk of fame
- Santa Monica Pier
Any other suggestion to the list would be helpful.
Los Angeles has a bunch of great sights to see, but there is no place that is truly central to all Hollywood Walk of fame, Universal Studios Hollywood, and Santa Monica, as well as being close to beaches and clubs. It just takes so long to drive across even short distances in that city.
I would say the middle point between the places mentioned would be Beverly Hills, and there are plenty of apartment/homes on Airbnb in the $150ish range. Beverly Hills is not all too far from Hollywood, and has good restaurants and bars- just don't expect them to be cheap!
Otherwise you will have to prioritize either staying in/near Hollywood or in/near Santa Monica and the beach.
If you want to find less expensive accommodation, consider looking in West Hollywood. Sometimes there are good deals there, meaning in the $100-$125 range.
Hope this helps, happy travels!
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You should consider staying somewhere close to a Red Line Metro Station between downtown Los Angeles and Universal Studios. The Red Line will easily and quickly take you between Universal Studios Hollywood to Hollywood Walk of fame to Downtown Los Angeles. Downtown has a lively restaurant and bar scene, so if you stay there, you can walk to them easily. From downtown to Santa Monica Pier, you can take the R-10 bus or the Metro Expo Line and connect to the 534 bus to Santa Monica. Both ways will take about an hour. (Eventually, the Expo Line will go all the way to Santa Monica.) The 534 bus will take you all the way to Malibu if you want, but it will take almost 2 hours. The trip planner on http://socaltransport.org/ will help you find public transportation between places in LA.
Cabs in LA can be very expensive because of the big distances between things you will want to see. Short trips are not so bad.
Have a great trip.
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Depending on how you wish to schedule your trip, you may wish to stay in a couple of different places. Traffic is truly an issue, so you must account for the fact that you simply cannot drive from certain areas to others at certain times without wasting a good portion of your day in the car. Universal could be 2 hours or more away from Santa Monica depending upon traffic.
Tips: Walk of Fame, the Chinese Theater and Hollywood in general are worth very little of your time if you don't go see a movie (30 minutes max), Add some time if you want to stop and have a hot dog at Pinks, otherwise get in and get out.