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Old 06-03-2015, 08:35 AM
 
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We're planning a trip that will begin in LA, go up the PCH to finish in SF. We'll rent a car, but question whether we want a car in LA with the traffic. We will have two, maybe three full days in LA. Interested in Getty Center, Autry, Griffith Park, Santa Monica Pier, possibly out to Pasadena for a drive by of some of the arts and craft houses and the Asian Museum.

Here are the questions. Will we find good lodging in the $200-$250 range, (lower ok too)? Is there any are of 'West Hollywood' not safe? It does not look like the subway is xtensive enough, so which highways, roads should we avoid? Are there times that worse than others?
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Old 06-03-2015, 08:58 AM
 
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Unless you visit only limited areas, not having a car in LA is not an option. Most nice areas of LA don't have subway/LRT access, and that includes the entire westside. The best way is still to rent car and get around.

$200-250 is a good budget for any city (per night, if that's what you mean) in the world. And LA is not a particularly expensive city.
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Old 06-03-2015, 11:32 AM
 
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Thanks Botticelli. Was pretty sure car was mandatory. Places like NYC, DC, Rome have spoiled us for subway travel.

Oh, and actually, via airbnb, we have been able to get rates 25-50% less than the 200-250. A couple of recent 'bum' experiences have caused us to rethink that as a lodging strategy. So, back in the hotel market after a three year absence.
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Old 06-03-2015, 11:55 AM
 
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Try the Hollywood Roosevelt.
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Old 06-03-2015, 01:21 PM
 
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Have a look at the Farmer's Daughter, across the street from the Farmers Market (fun) and the CBS studio where The Price is Right is taped. Many PIR winners' photos in the lobby. Fun place, walk to Canter's deli on Fairfax for a 24h nosh or a trip to the Kibbitz Room.

Farmer's Daughter Hotel
Home - Canters Deli
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Old 06-03-2015, 02:45 PM
 
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Eureka1, Gardyloo,

Both hotels are great suggestions. Torn. Either way, we will definitely go to Canter's. Thanks.
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Old 06-03-2015, 02:57 PM
 
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[SIZE=3][/SIZE][SIZE=3]LA is a great place to visit. Rental car is mandatory. Don’tget a convertible; try to blend in. Traffic will be usual M-F rush hour in AM and PM. You will be able to use the carpool lane onthe Freeways (except 110 FWY which carpool is toll lane, no cashtransponder). A good live traffic app is“Sigalert.com”[/SIZE]
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[SIZE=3]I remember Getty is free but you need a parking reservationin advance. Griffith early, limited parking. Autry mid-day and SM Pier staysopen late.[/SIZE]
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[SIZE=3]Just look at reviews for hotel, that range would bedecent/good. As for your safety keep your “situational awareness” up and youwill be fine. You will know when youmade a wrong turn.[/SIZE]
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Old 06-04-2015, 11:03 AM
 
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The Hilton Garden Inn on Highland is a good choice. Rates are all over the place depending on Bowl concerts and such.

I also like the The Hotel Wilshire, the location is fantastic.

Keep in mind that most hotels in that area charge additionally for parking, so budget accordingly.
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Old 06-04-2015, 01:00 PM
 
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Good point.
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Old 06-04-2015, 02:02 PM
 
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Thx annerk...learned about a car and valet parking Miami this past winter. I'm seeing as much as a 40% difference in daily valet rates. Appreciate the suggestions and ideas.

Follow-up question: Are the Arts and Crafts houses all over Pasadena, or are they more or less grouped together? Are others, in addition to the Gamble house open for tours? Didn't see any.
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