Where To Stay In Los Angeles, USA – Best Areas maj 20, 2022 – Posted in: Travel, USA – Tags: Holiday, Hotels, Los Angeles, USA, Vacations
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BEST AREAS TO STAY IN LOS ANGELES
Want to know where to stay in Los Angeles? The city on the west coast is a huge city, bigger and more vast than you can imagine. From the US Bank Tower, one of the high-rise buildings in Downtown, you see where the city has its natural boundary to the north, namely by the great San Gabriel Mountains. If you look south, however, the eye falls short; it is simply not possible to look all the way to the end of Los Angeles.
The size of the city means that you will have to consider where you want to live and especially what you want to see on your holiday. If you do not plan to rent a car, many of the major sights can be reached by metro and bus. Regardless of how you choose to get there, however, you must set aside some time for transport, because you will inevitably have to move around. It is therefore first and foremost important that you choose the hotel’s location based on what is to be experienced.
THE DIFFERENT NEIGHBORHOODS OF LOS ANGELES
There’s so much to see in Los Angeles and you can’t get round to it all in one week. So should the hotel be right next to the stars on Hollywood Boulevard, are you into beach life in Santa Monica or the peace and quiet of Pasadena?
It’s hard to choose when you take a look at hotels on Booking.com, because how do you choose? Here’s a description of the most popular neighborhoods in Los Angeles, so hopefully the choice is a little easier. Under each district you will also find a recommendation for a good hotel that can be booked directly through Booking.com. See more hotels by doing your own search here:
HOLIDAY IN LOS ANGELES: DOWNTOWN
Wherever you are in Los Angeles, the cluster of tall skyscrapers reminds you that Downtown is here. Inside the city of glass, however, you might as well be in Dubai or London, and then still not. The district offers lots of American culture, with food markets, small shops, restaurants and bars. Especially around South Spring Street / 5th Street, there is a quirky bohemian atmosphere, where a lively night in the city is guaranteed. This is a district for you who want nightlife, experiences and the city noise from the moment you step out the door.
One very positive thing about Downtown is that you live right at the junction of the subway lines. If you don’t plan to rent a car, it is a good starting point for a stress-free trip to buy a TAP card and then drive around the city on the six metro lines. From Downtown there are also many shuttle buses to Universal, Citadel Shopping and Disneyland.
If you choose to rent a car, you must be aware that there is almost always a ½ hour queue on the motorway right by Downtown – and that the prices for parking are as high as the skyscrapers. From Downtown, there are also many free shuttle buses to Universal Studios, Citadel Outlets and Disneyland, among others.
Note that the area is also a magnet for the many homeless in Los Angeles. You see them everywhere: sleeping on the street, talking to their invisible friend in the subway and in the many tent camps along the highway. However sad you may be from the sight, there is nothing to be afraid of. They keep to themselves and do not offend you.
WE STAYED HERE
We searched a lot for hotels in Los Angeles before we finally found a nice apartment in Downtown LA. The apartment in Wilshire Apartments met all our needs for location and comfort. The apartment consisted of a room and a combined living room / kitchen, where the living room had a sofa bed. There was a well equipped kitchen with dishwasher, washer and dryer and TV with the very large TV package.
Upstairs in the other building was the swimming pool and gym, which we had free access to, and a free space in the parking basement was also reserved for us. Just across the road is a large supermarket as well as a Starbucks (with WIFI!). Downtown subway station is a 5-10 minute walk from the apartment.
HOLIDAY IN LOS ANGELES: PASADENA
Pasadena is located about 20 minutes by metro from Downtown. The area is quiet and cozy, with many small shops and restaurants. The fine, old houses give an almost European atmosphere. If plastic city, fast food and chain stores are not at the top of the list, then Pasadena is a district for you who don’t mind a bit of driving and who prefer peace and quiet.
In Pasadena is also the Rose Bowl stadium, where you can watch college matches on Saturdays during the winter months. On New Year’s Day, the district also houses the stunning Rose Parade, where you can watch an hour-long procession with marching bands, carriages and performers.
HOLIDAY IN LOS ANGELES: SANTA MONICA
You probably already know Santa Monica from the many movies and TV series filmed here. The wide sandy beaches stretch all the way down past Venice Beach and attract many tourists. Most famous is probably The Pier, and you must not go home without just having tried a ride in the Ferris wheel.
In winter, the Pacific Ocean is too cold to swim in, but there are many other wonderful experiences in the neighborhood. Also visit Santa Monica for the great shopping opportunities right at the subway station. Behind the Santa Monica Place Mall is the cozy Third Street Promenade, where you can find Levi’s, Nike, Zara, Victoria’s Secret and all the other popular chain stores.
HOLIDAY IN LOS ANGELES: VENICE
If you have seen Californication, you already know the district with the small canals, built after Venice. And if you remember Hank Moody with a personality that is out of control and constantly on the hunt for new, extreme experiences, then you also understand that this is the only neighborhood in Los Angeles where it would be believable that the wild screenwriter should settle down.
Where else in Los Angeles you see an excess of… overweight, plastic breasts and botox, then Venice is the opposite. The alternative types are located here, and there are small coffee shops, organic supermarkets, vegan restaurants and a relaxed atmosphere on the beach. Also take a walk on Abbott Kinney Boulevard with the many small independent and quirky shops. Venice is a neighborhood for you who would love if Berlin had two kilometers of sandy beaches.
HOLIDAY IN LOS ANGELES: AROUND HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD
Hollywood Boulevard is the Walk of Fame with the pink stars in the sidewalk, shops, hordes of other tourists, museums, flashing lights, plastic souvenirs – and actually really fun too! On and around Hollywood Boulevard something always happens. There are also bars and nightclubs and on the parallel street Sunset Boulevard, really many fast food restaurants.
The area also has many hotels and it is easy to get to and from the district by both metro and motorway. In other words, it is a place for you who like a bit of fun and who already enjoy the popular tourist areas.
When we were going to Los Angeles, we asked friends and acquaintances if they could recommend a good hotel in the city. Trine’s sister and brother-in-law had stayed at The Garland Hotel the year before – with great satisfaction. They said: It’s a bit expensive, but worth every dollar! Here you can go for a swin in the pool, eat a Nutella toast for breakfast and sleep well in the large Queen beds that are big enough for two. There is a free shuttle bus to Universal Studios. The hotel is located in the northeastern part of Los Angeles, close to the freeway, so it is easy to get around the city by car.
SOUTH LOS ANGELES – NO, THANK YOU!
If you have played GTA (Grand Theft Auto), then you also know that you shouldn’t live in Inglewood – otherwise ask any teenager. The same goes for Compton and Long Beach.
MOVE AROUND BETWEEN NEIGHBORHOODS
Can’t choose where to stay in Los Angeles? If you want to get to see as much of Los Angeles as possible, it may be advisable to move hotel along the way. Start in Hollywood, for example, and when you then need to get away from the big city and tourists, enjoy the beach and life at Venice Beach.
You can also book an overnight stay or two from home, preferably in a hotel with wifi. Spend some time on Booking.com when you arrive and find the next hotel, often at a discount. Incidentally, the American queen bed is large enough for two.