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a VirtualTourist member asked on May 30, 2013

Santa Monica

Should I rent a car to go into Hollywood?

My husband and I are going to spend the day in West Hollywood, and I've planned several activities that are somewhat close together - LACMA, The Grove and then drinks at Chateau Marmont and a comedy show at the Laugh Factory. We'll be coming from Santa Monica and I had previously thought we could cab in and walk to all of these somewhat close locations, and then cab back at night. Do you recommend this, or would renting a car be a better option?



4 Answers


answered on 5/30/13 by
a VT member from Hesperia

Sounds like a nice day in Hollyweird.......d:o)

Renting a car just for Hollywood is a bad idea. There is no parking, well there is, but finding an empty spot is damn near impossible. Further, if you are going to be drinking, that should kill all ideas of a selfdrive car.

Considering that you will be in the heart of Hollywood at night, by all means, take a cab.

Consider a lunch at Musso & Franks. It positively drips with Hollywood history. It is right on Hollywood Blvd.

http://www.mussoandfrank.com/

Have fun........(been a long time since my "open mike" at the Laugh Factory........d:o)




answered on 5/30/13 by
a VT member from Westlake Village

The truth lies in the fact that you have set plans and to fully enjoy your "Hollywood" experience, the other posters have given you the facts. I lived in Hollywood back in the day, as they say. I still live in the suburbs of LA, but for the fact that you will be in strange driving conditions where several of the streets at night are bumper to bumper and the police have no mercy for DUI arrests and are on the outlook for those that drive under the influence. Enjoy your cocktails and take in the view with no worries. As mentioned, it is worth the cab ride to not have to think about driving and parking and to enjoy your visit. I love LA. :-)




answered on 5/30/13 by
a VT member from Calabasas

You could save a little a chunk of $'s on the taxi side by taking the 704 bus up Santa Monica Blvd and getting off around Santa Monica/San Vicente, takes about 45 minutes, or the 720 bus that starts at 4th and Colorado in Santa Monica and drops you off at La Brea/Wilshire (LACMA) in just less than an hour. Depending on traffic a taxi will take a minimum of 30 minutes... to for 20 more minutes ???? Very few of us do the bus, but I am doing the underground metro more and more.




answered on 6/12/13 by
a VT member

We wound up taking your advice and going by cab, and actually used the Lyft app, where it's trained drivers (not cabbies) which was cheaper than a cab would've been.

Thanks everyone!





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