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Where to stay in Los Angeles

If you're a first time visitor to Los Angeles, you might prefer a more touristy area, but if you're a solo traveler, a local neighborhood could be more interesting. Some areas have lots of things to do within walking distance, but the hotels may be more expensive. To give you a starting point for your trip research, we looked at what people say about neighborhoods and places to stay in Los Angeles.

What's the best area of Los Angeles to stay?

The top mentioned neighborhoods and areas that people talk about in and around Los Angeles are:

Here's what Trippy members had to say:

"Hollywood obviously is central to the Walk of Fame, but there's also West Hollywood, Sunset Strip, Century City, CA, Beverly Hills and Fairfax that are all within 10 minutes of the places you want to go."  See More

"If you go to Santa Monica, you're very close to Venice Beach (which can be kind of dumpy), but it's called Venice Beach because of the neighborhood 2 blocks back from the ocean front which is a bunch of amazing houses set on water canals - really fun to stroll through!"  See More

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What are some good hotels in Los Angeles?

Depending on the neighborhood you choose, you may want to research hotels in the area. If you'd rather start with the most recommended hotels in Los Angeles, here's a list to get you started.

Here's what Trippy members had to say about hotels:

"I don't know what your budget is, but one of my all-time most favorite hotels in the world is Shutters On the Beach in Santa Monica."  See More

"Hotel Erwin should be under $175 a night"  See More

Want to research more popular hotels in Los Angeles? Click the blue button below.

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What if I want to explore Los Angeles further?

If you're open to researching even more areas, some suggestions that might be less common but interesting to explore are:

Here's what Trippy members have said:

"If you really want to have a nice beach day, come down to my hometown, Manhattan Beach."  See More

"If you want to spend a day at the beach, I agree that Manhattan Beach is the place to be, and I'm not just saying that because it's my hometown!"  See More

"Places like Hilton Garden Inn and Hyatt House Los Angeles/El Segundo are both very nice and they also have free shuttles to Manhattan Beach if you wanted to see what i think is one of the nicest beaches/towns in the area."  See More

"2) Stand-Up Paddle Boarding in Marina Del Rey."  See More

"There's also south Venice/Marina Del Rey."  See More

"West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Culver City, Westwood and Santa Monica are all pretty safe and also good areas to stay in as a tourist."  See More

"Marina Del Rey, Culver City, Santa Monica."  See More

"You can try the dive bar called Backstage Bar & Grill in Culver City, right across from sony pictures, or just any other restaurants in downtown culver city would have pretty good chances :"  See More

"Melrose Ave/Fairfax are good areas that have lots of things in walking distance."  See More

"I think one of the most affordable areas (where many travel writers live now) is Koreatown."  See More

"They may be slightly higher than other areas like Koreatown, but you'll be close to plenty of things that you can walk to and the neighborhoods are really darling."  See More

"With that said, Nobu Malibu or Malibu in general is a pretty celeb-heavy area of Los Angeles."  See More

"Borders Pacific Palisades as well which is even nicer."  See More

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Where did you get these suggestions?

Trippy is a great resource for planning your trip because you get advice from real travelers. We suggested neighborhoods and hotels based on the recommendations of the Trippy community. This gives you a quick overview, but if you're looking to do more research, here are some of the questions that we used to find this information.

profile  Clarissa James from Swinomish Village, Washington asked:
Where is the best place to stay with kids in L.A.?  (4 answers)

profile  Jay Goodheart from asked:
where can I stay that is central to all attractions  (6 answers)

profile  Elizabeth Gold from asked:
Safe areas to stay in Los Angeles?  (5 answers)

profile  Cyrille Huteau from asked:
Where to stay for a couple of months in LA?  (5 answers)

profile  Sarah L from Paris asked:
Where to stay in LA (accomodation) ?  (3 answers)

profile  Shehana Teixeira from Sydney asked:
What is there to do in January in Los Angeles and where to stay?  (4 answers)

profile  Veronica Positano from Florence asked:
Best areas to stay to see Hollywood Walk of Fame and Rodeo Drive?  (5 answers)

profile  Danielle Battista from asked:
What beach should we stay at in L.A. without a car?  (9 answers)

profile  Michelle Ruiz from Mesa asked:
Where are the top 5 places to see a celebrity in L.A.?  (27 answers)

profile  Andy Huang from San Francisco asked:
Where to stay for a weekend in LA (10/4 - 10/6) for 2 guys  (3 answers)

What if I plan my trip around food?

If you're a foodie or just love to eat when you travel, you might decide to stay in a hotel close to a restaurant you want to try. Here are some places to eat in Los Angeles.

Want to research more popular restaurants in Los Angeles? Click the blue button below.

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What if I don't have a car?

Maybe you're looking for a happening area with lots to see and do, or you want to be walking distance from tourist attractions. Check out some of these places and see there's a hotel nearby.

Want to research more popular attractions in Los Angeles? Click the blue button below.

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Where can I find out more about Los Angeles?

This page is just a starting point, to really get personalized advice from Los Angeles locals and experienced travelers, post a question on Trippy! You can start by browsing the questions other people have asked about Los Angeles.

If you've changed your mind and decided to go somewhere else, go to the main page and explore where to stay in any city.

Flying into Los Angeles? There are 5 alternative airports, so make sure you compare all your flight options. Find international, domestic, and local airports in Los Angeles.

Don't forget to check what most people recommend is the ideal length of time to visit. Read more about how many days in Los Angeles to stay.

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