Los Angeles: Where to stay?

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I've got two days of free time (July 3, 4) in LA before obligations set me up at the Renaissance in Hollywood. Any suggestions as to:

1/ Where to stay that's decent, but not too pricey?
2/ What to do or see?

Now, you go....

peepee (peepee), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 19:22 (fifteen years ago) link

i 'm no expert on the area, but i stayed at the best western on franklin. it is a couple blocks back from sunset blvd.- affordable, nice courtyard/pool, safe, and the 101 diner that is part of it, has average food but is good for people watching. (i met jason lee and melrose larry over two slices of pie)

kephm, Tuesday, 29 June 2004 19:30 (fifteen years ago) link

I should add that being near Hollywood is not necessary, as I'm gonna be there for 5 days later in the week.
Do things get more expensive closer to the better beaches (wherever they are)?

peepee (peepee), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 19:34 (fifteen years ago) link

The Standard hotel downtown is ace ... but is pricey. It is sorta W Hotel-esque but its super dope and stylish.

tk, Tuesday, 29 June 2004 21:07 (fifteen years ago) link

and you can get into the club whenever. unlike the fucking plebs out in the front in line.

stick to the westside then. its pretty close to hollywood, is a nice area, and is close to the beach. santa monica, westwood, brentwood, venice, etc.

bill stevens (bscrubbins), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 21:13 (fifteen years ago) link

no Hollywood is more magical. stay in the Motel 6 on my street!!! just don't talk to or touch anyone you may see

Vic (Vic), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 21:14 (fifteen years ago) link

if by magical you mean dirty and touristy, then sweet.

bill stevens (bscrubbins), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 21:17 (fifteen years ago) link

it doesnt get more dirty seedy touristy glam. that motel 6 is halfway between the renaissance and the best western on franklin....also an option is the Re-Tan Hotel next door, if you _really_ want to get all down and dirty and localized druggy et al.

the 101 coffee shop is awesome!! there are always for some reason celebs (minor or major) hanging around for some reason. maynard james keenan is a regular everyone say, and last time someone @ my table kept swearing they saw martin lawrence, but we weren't sure. it has a mess 70s vibe, what w/ that decor - and westside prices included if you feel the lack of shi-shi!

Vic (Vic), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 21:22 (fifteen years ago) link

Skip all of these suggestions and stay at a nice sleepy beach motel in Hermosa or Redondo Beach.

Elvis Telecom (Chris Barrus), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 21:23 (fifteen years ago) link

actually you should stayat the Bonaventure in downtown if you can arrange it. if you are into the 70s futurism....it willl give you an orgasm as soon as you walk in

Vic (Vic), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 21:24 (fifteen years ago) link


it's worth it for the glass elevator glimpse of downtown alone

Vic (Vic), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 21:26 (fifteen years ago) link

The "Last Cappuccino Before The 101" coffee shop (it's really called the Hollywood Hills Coffee Shop) sucks ass. The only reason people go there is because it was featured in Swingers. Jon Favreau supposedly wrote the screenplay there. Yeah, you can occasionally spot the occasional indie movie has-beens who stop in on their way to NA meetings, but the food and coffee there is miserable.

Elvis Telecom (Chris Barrus), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 21:30 (fifteen years ago) link

There's better people watching/eavesdropping at the Overland Cafe on (surprise) Overland. The food there is incredible.

Elvis Telecom (Chris Barrus), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 21:34 (fifteen years ago) link

Bonaventure = RenCen

peepee (peepee), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 21:35 (fifteen years ago) link

[[[on a food level the 101 isn't great, with the exception of the pancakes. but u don't go there cause of the food, it's one of those "scene-y" coffeeshops! if you like best westerns it's not a bad place to stay; hollywood blvd is walking distance. the bourgeoisie pig coffeeshop nearby on franklin is also fun - for more than just coffee]]]

I still nominate the bonaventure!

Vic (Vic), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 21:36 (fifteen years ago) link

Plus, then you will get to 1,000 Billboards for Mummy: The Ride. (xpost to chris)

deanomgwtf!!!p%3Fmsgid%3D4581997 (deangulberry), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 21:36 (fifteen years ago) link

this should be the cause of a different thread (best LA coffeehouses) but if you don't care about celeb ppl watching much but want to find a place to talk to geeks and techeads out of boredom go to the Cacao House in West LA, at santa monica & federal. there are lots of friendly misfits there.

Vic (Vic), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 21:39 (fifteen years ago) link

Anyway, the go-to breakfast diner for celebrity stalking is The Griddle on Sunset, but you have to get there early if you don't want to wait.

Elvis Telecom (Chris Barrus), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 21:41 (fifteen years ago) link

doesnt dick riordan have some sort of majority stake in the griddle? i read that somewhere..

and is the overland cafe the one thats a couple blocks before the 10 freeway (going north)? i always overlook that place because it looks like it might be pricey, yet shitty.

bill stevens (bscrubbins), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 22:31 (fifteen years ago) link

Yes, Bill.

deanomgwtf!!!p%3Fmsgid%3D4581997 (deangulberry), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 22:32 (fifteen years ago) link

toky0 77 in culver city blows every single one of these places away handily.

gygax! (gygax!), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 22:34 (fifteen years ago) link

i finally found that place! jesus, its like theyre actively trying to hide the whereabouts of their establishment. but its fucking cheap. beef teriyaki and eggs is alright.

bill stevens (bscrubbins), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 22:43 (fifteen years ago) link

i took my friend from Tokyo there before ATP02 and the old ladies yelled at him the whole time.

gygax! (gygax!), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 22:45 (fifteen years ago) link

Stay in Santa Monica, if you can find a cheap enough place... especially if you don't drive.. it's one of the few areas of the greater city where you can walk around and fun and enjoy most of the good things about southern California (beaches, piers, sunshine, sand, etc.)

donut bitch (donut), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 22:56 (fifteen years ago) link


I'm checking availability of many of these places and I couldn't figure out why every place was more expensive on Sunday.....until realizing that yousguyz must celebrate the 4th day of each month, or something!

peepee (peepee), Wednesday, 30 June 2004 02:32 (fifteen years ago) link


Sir Chaki McBeer III (chaki), Wednesday, 30 June 2004 02:55 (fifteen years ago) link

But, where will you stay?

peepee (peepee), Wednesday, 30 June 2004 02:57 (fifteen years ago) link

Stay at the Georgian Hotel on Ocean Avenue in Sta. Monica. It used to be cheap. Maybe not anymore. Then walk down Main St. to the Novel Cafe for coffee.

Skottie, Wednesday, 30 June 2004 05:27 (fifteen years ago) link

heres what mitch hedberg says:

The FARMERS DAUGHTER if you're low on cash but still want to be in the thick of things. Very basic but GREAT VENDING MACHINES. Across the street from 'CBS' so you stand a chance of bumping into THE PRICE IS RIGHT contestants. The band IVY was there once. I left a CD for them at the front desk. I hope they got it. Avoid if you want to be pampered."


Sir Chaki McBeer III (chaki), Wednesday, 30 June 2004 05:48 (fifteen years ago) link

If you go to the Griddle, check for an Angie Harmonish chick with a copy of Glamorama and a script, both notably unread and being used as accessories.

Gear! (Gear!), Wednesday, 30 June 2004 05:50 (fifteen years ago) link

doesnt dick riordan have some sort of majority stake in the griddle?

No. Riodan owns The Pantry downtown

and is the overland cafe the one thats a couple blocks before the 10 freeway (going north)? i always overlook that place because it looks like it might be pricey, yet shitty.

Yah, it's the orange building on the west side of Overland going north towards the 10. It's worth a stop - especially on the weekends for the $4.99 champagne brunch

Elvis Telecom (Chris Barrus), Wednesday, 30 June 2004 08:01 (fifteen years ago) link

three years pass...

I want to visit LA for a long week (9is days) around April May.

On my own, and won't be driving obv.

Recommend me somewhere to stay, would like either near beaches or near to city centre. or anywhere really that's interesting.

talk to me.

Ste, Thursday, 28 February 2008 11:24 (eleven years ago) link

(ok realisation dawns that LAers aren't actually out of bed yet)

Ste, Thursday, 28 February 2008 11:45 (eleven years ago) link

won't be driving

Is that legal?

Ned Trifle II, Thursday, 28 February 2008 11:54 (eleven years ago) link

Lots of Angelenos don't drive.

felicity, Thursday, 28 February 2008 16:44 (eleven years ago) link

Actually, it would probably be convenient to stay Downtown near the main 7th Street/MetroCenter rail hub (660 S. Figueroa St., LA, CA 90017)

Downtown itself has some great museums and food, and you'd be on the Red Line to Hollywood, the Blue Line to Long Beach, and the Purple Line to Museum Row/Miracle Mile.

This is theoretical (I drive) but perhaps other, non-driving LA ILXors can speak to this.

felicity, Thursday, 28 February 2008 16:59 (eleven years ago) link

i have no experience with the beverly laurel other than seeing it from the front, but it touts itself as a budget-boutique kinda place and it's in a location that's easy to traverse on foot or by bus. (the metro rail is great, but don't be afraid of the buses, they don't bite.)


get bent, Thursday, 28 February 2008 18:04 (eleven years ago) link

There really is no city center, is there? I'd just stay by the beach I guess, Santa Monica or Venice - plenty of places you can just walk to down there & plenty of buses you can catch out of there to go elsewhere if need be.

Jeff LeVine, Thursday, 28 February 2008 18:43 (eleven years ago) link

Nooo . . . **slow motion jumping to stop Ste from self-destruct**

There is a city center and it is called Downtown aka Historic Core.

Jeff, where you live? With all disrespect, why you trying to strand him out in sunny Santa Monica for 9 days? It isn't even LA! Dude said he doesn't drive (I think it's a dude). It will take hours to get to any museums or other good stuff.

He can easily go to the beach for a day or two, but surely he wants to see the city?

Santa Monica/Venice/Malibu are perfectly nice but . . . I mean, I like vanilla ice cream but I don't like 10 gallons of it.

felicity, Thursday, 28 February 2008 19:09 (eleven years ago) link

Downtown is not the center of the city!

Spencer Chow, Thursday, 28 February 2008 19:30 (eleven years ago) link

my house is the center of the city

max, Thursday, 28 February 2008 19:30 (eleven years ago) link

google maps for "los angeles, ca" puts the green arrow at 1st between broadway and spring

get bent, Thursday, 28 February 2008 19:37 (eleven years ago) link

http://www.geomidpoint.com/ has the midpoint a block over at 1st and main

get bent, Thursday, 28 February 2008 19:45 (eleven years ago) link

max's house is on the hellmouth

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Thursday, 28 February 2008 19:45 (eleven years ago) link

yeah I'd kind of want to see more of the main city and the things it beholds rather than a week of beaches but i do want to see them at some point, it's all good info cheers guys.

(keep it coming)

Ste, Thursday, 28 February 2008 20:40 (eleven years ago) link

Also check out Hotel Figueroa at Figueroa and 9th in downtown. It's close to the 7th Metro station which gets you onto the Red, Purple and Blue Lines which will take you to Hollywood, Wilshire, Long Beach, and Union Station (where you can grab the Gold Line to Pasadena). Once you're on Wilshire, you can take the 720 express bus west to the museums, Beverly Hills, Westwood, and Santa Monica.

Since you're going to be here for a week, I strongly suggest taking a day out to go to Santa Barbara on Amtrak.

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 28 February 2008 22:53 (eleven years ago) link

Most cities are centered on their 1st and Main or whatever, but LA is of course very different. Downtown is mostly deserted after M-F 9-5. I hang out there, but usually going to specific places. There's no real hanging out. For that I would recommend someplace more central, like Hollywood. It's more fun.

Spencer Chow, Thursday, 28 February 2008 22:58 (eleven years ago) link

ive stayed at the beverly laurel. its romantic <3 <3

chaki, Thursday, 28 February 2008 23:02 (eleven years ago) link


omar little, Thursday, 28 February 2008 23:03 (eleven years ago) link

and yes saying downtown is the "city center" is just silly.

chaki, Thursday, 28 February 2008 23:04 (eleven years ago) link

Yeah, getting around the Grove can be a pain, but I can actually walk there when I want to see a movie or go to the Farmer's Market.

Spencer Chow, Saturday, 1 March 2008 02:19 (eleven years ago) link

A: Away.

ian, Saturday, 1 March 2008 02:26 (eleven years ago) link

Gabbneb is right, we hung out at the Venice Beach House a lot because we were totally stuck in the immediate area of Venice until someone came and got us. Luckily, our kind friends drove us all over the place: Museum of Jurassic Technology, Griffith Observatory, art museum, Little Tokyo, Dim Sum in SGV, downtown, but usually after dinner we ended up chilling at the beach house because we had all just been in Vegas so we were nightlifed out and wanted to keep it low key.

It was a great place to stay without a car because there was quite a bit of stuff within walking distance, but it was a long-seeming drive to other places. So if you have people who want to drive you places then it would be good, but probably very inconvenient if you didn't have that. The moving around idea is a good one, I think.

saudade, Saturday, 1 March 2008 02:52 (eleven years ago) link

This is my hood!

That's my hood also! (though I'm closer to La Brea)

Also for movies: http://www.newbevcinema.com/

Elvis Telecom, Saturday, 1 March 2008 07:47 (eleven years ago) link

What else do you recommend in Santa Monica and Venice?

I heart the Santa Monica camera obscura: http://gridskipper.com/travel/los-angeles/la-letter-camera-obscura-143840.php

Elvis Telecom, Saturday, 1 March 2008 07:48 (eleven years ago) link

Also, this is where I mention the Museum of Jurassic Technology and the Center For Land Use Interpretation again...


Elvis Telecom, Saturday, 1 March 2008 07:49 (eleven years ago) link

The Wende Cold War museum in Culver City is pretty dang strange:

Only open on Fridays though

Elvis Telecom, Saturday, 1 March 2008 07:52 (eleven years ago) link

Really, for Santa Monica there's nothing that beats a drive up PCH to the Ventura county line and a meal at Neptune's Net: http://www.neptunesnet.com/

Elvis Telecom, Saturday, 1 March 2008 07:54 (eleven years ago) link

I'm glad to learn the Mid-City West designation. There's something about the mix of use and the low rise and the gentle elevation and the quality of light at certain hours around there that works for me. I just wish the Grove/Farmer's Market lived up to their billing more.

gabbneb, Saturday, 1 March 2008 13:19 (eleven years ago) link

Chris, I didn't know you lived here, let's hang!

Gabbneb, yes, it's no longer a "farmer's market", but some of the food places are truly amazing! (and yeah, the magic hour here can be especially magical)

Spencer Chow, Saturday, 1 March 2008 16:24 (eleven years ago) link

Farmer's Daughter looked great and we looked forward to our stay their, until they fucked up our reservation and left us stranded making us stay at a more expensive much less nice place in Beverly Hills. That was total bullshit.

dan selzer, Saturday, 1 March 2008 17:04 (eleven years ago) link

in that neighborhood, I might opt for the El@n Hotel Mod3rn, which may be doing renovation work at the moment

gabbneb, Saturday, 1 March 2008 18:09 (eleven years ago) link

dinner tonight, anybodies?

remy bean, Saturday, 1 March 2008 18:29 (eleven years ago) link

Sierra Madre beats Monrovia, easy. Pasadena has good stuff but we get enough tourists.

Gorge, Saturday, 1 March 2008 20:20 (eleven years ago) link

Oh dear. felicity in overexplaining making things worse shocker.

Mid-City West has a lot of favorites: Centerfold News, Pinks, Cantors, Ethiopian Village, 3rd and Fairfax, Damiano's (bad pizza, good soda pop).

Sorry, Spencer, it was all the brunch talk. Now that you've identified your coordinates, the penalty is you have to come talk to me in Los Feliz about the awesomeness of Tokyo Drift and Teriyaki Boyz.

i've been to axe in venice. is that douchebaggy? the food was very good.

aw, lauren, always got my back. :) I have never been to Axe (apparently pronounced "ah-shay)." Will try.

felicity, Saturday, 1 March 2008 21:22 (eleven years ago) link

the pronunciation might render it douchebaggy, but major points for the porterhouse pork chop.

lauren, Saturday, 1 March 2008 21:53 (eleven years ago) link

Pasadena has good stuff but we get enough tourists

srsly. it's packed every fucking minute of the day now except between 2 and 7 am

tremendoid, Saturday, 1 March 2008 22:28 (eleven years ago) link

lord knows why anyone would want to spend their drinking time here anyway, other than a couple of spots people don't know about.

tremendoid, Saturday, 1 March 2008 22:29 (eleven years ago) link

March 19-21

youn, Saturday, 1 March 2008 23:27 (eleven years ago) link

maria at the experimental cafe in oxnard

youn, Saturday, 1 March 2008 23:34 (eleven years ago) link

Oxnard has something called the experimental cafe? What, did they get an espresso machine or something? (I kid because I love.)

Which bars are good here, Keith? How's El Rancho (I think that's the one near you)? The gallery next door seems to like it lot.

nickn, Sunday, 2 March 2008 00:10 (eleven years ago) link

a few weeks ago my car transmission waited until i got to oxnard to die. there are much worse places to breathe sighs of despair in. I've gotten lost enough that i feel like i know the place.

tremendoid, Sunday, 2 March 2008 00:15 (eleven years ago) link

I might buy a car, I think. You know, a foreign car.

gabbneb, Sunday, 2 March 2008 01:03 (eleven years ago) link

I think chaki has a show March 21 at the Derby.

felicity, Sunday, 2 March 2008 01:12 (eleven years ago) link

i do! thanks, felicity! and march 22nd at molly malones I THINK.

chaki, Sunday, 2 March 2008 01:17 (eleven years ago) link

two years pass...

from reading this thread.. am i right to think then that the best place to stay is hollywood?

i will spend 3 nights there (3rd apr - 6 apr) and will be on my own. Any recommendation as to somewhere fun to go on Saturday night appreciated also! I've heard that the Viper Room is surprisingly small.

Hollywood, yeah:

-breakfast/lunch at Lucky Devils
-pick up an LA Weekly and see what appeals, with special notice to J. Gold's restaurant reviews
-Amoeba Records
-Jitlada for Thai food, or maybe this other place next to Jumbo's Clown Room. "other place" has excellent little Thai fried bar snacks
-that pho place on Sunset in Silverlake/Echo Park sorry I don't remember the name
-take the subway downtown, walk around
-Solar de Cahuenga is a decent place to get coffee and wifi

that's what I'm going to do when I get back to LA, anyway. Which happens to be on April 2nd, so lemme know if you want to get coffee.

I haaaaate the Strip and so I've never been to the Viper Room, maybe I'm missing out.

scratch paper (lukas), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 11:51 (nine years ago) link

yess will be up for meeting up deffo.

would also like to see some awesome metal shows while there obv.

lukasb AT googlemail

unfortunately i don't know anything about metal in LA. but i know it's there!

scratch paper (lukas), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 16:46 (nine years ago) link

cool will email! look forward to LA FAP/FAC

argghhhh.. now kind of tempted to stay on the Queen Mary... might be fun for a night but has potential to be actually pretty lame


Astronaut Mike Dexter (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Wednesday, 10 March 2010 03:05 (nine years ago) link

central market is closed at this hour : (

lmfao @ credulity (velko), Wednesday, 10 March 2010 03:10 (nine years ago) link

take the gold line to mariachi plaza.

Garden of "Eden" (get bent), Wednesday, 10 March 2010 03:25 (nine years ago) link

We took the red line to olvera st and got ratty cart-style mex ^______________^

Astronaut Mike Dexter (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Wednesday, 10 March 2010 05:17 (nine years ago) link

four years pass...

what's the best way to get from the bay to LA without a car?

deej loaf (D-40), Tuesday, 3 March 2015 00:25 (four years ago) link

and without spending a lot

or taking 12 hours

deej loaf (D-40), Tuesday, 3 March 2015 00:26 (four years ago) link

craigslist rideshare

iatee, Tuesday, 3 March 2015 00:26 (four years ago) link

dunno where it leaves from but there's a bus from the bay that my cousin used to take that drops people off at usc or ucla I think, and according to her it took at long as a car ride or w/e

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Tuesday, 3 March 2015 00:33 (four years ago) link

how much is "a lot"? depending on when you book, you can get cheap flights between SFO->LAX and OAK->BUR (i've seen them go as low as $65 one way)

megabus is even cheaper and takes about 7 hours each way but i've never done it

donna rouge, Tuesday, 3 March 2015 00:44 (four years ago) link

eleven months pass...

Is it possible to stay somewhere walkable to the beach, in redondo, Manhattan, or whatever beach, or elsewhere?

calstars, Sunday, 21 February 2016 20:46 (three years ago) link

airbnb maybe? That's an expensive area.

nickn, Monday, 22 February 2016 01:54 (three years ago) link

yeah airbnb in venice maybe?

0 / 0 (lukas), Monday, 22 February 2016 16:10 (three years ago) link

compare hotels vs airbnb. it's weird. sometimes hotels are cheaper depending on the area, how many people are staying, etc.

F♯ A♯ (∞), Monday, 22 February 2016 19:49 (three years ago) link

three years pass...

Coming to L.A. in the fall. May be able to crash with a friend, but am def. interested in hotel recommendations if anyone has some.

Lactose Shaolin Wanker (Raymond Cummings), Monday, 8 July 2019 00:43 (five months ago) link

I was out there a few months ago and split my time between the Sunset Tower (West Hollywood) and and the Roosevelt Hotel (regular Hollywood).

The Sunset Tower is pricier, more staid, the rooms more immaculately old-fashioned. The Roosevelt is a bit rougher around the edges but has appealing mid-century modern-ish decor in the rooms, at least in the cabana rooms bordering the swimming pool where I was. The main building is very very spacious, mediterranean-styled, with tiled floors; IIRC there are three separate bars on the premises, each with a different vibe.

The Roosevelt has a very lively pool scene with DJ's in action almost all day and night. The music is not too loud, though, or at least it wasn't during the non-weekend days that I stayed there. The Sunset Tower has a very quiet pool situation where there's typically 3-5 people at a time hanging out.

Both hotels have a solid restaurant. I thought the Sunset Tower's breakfast was superior to the Roosevelt's breakfast, which sucked, although with the latter you're seated by the pool which allows for exceptional people watching. The Roosevelt also has a hamburger-oriented diner inside.

Both hotels are conveniently located - it's kind of a wash as far as that's concerned.

Josefa, Monday, 8 July 2019 02:33 (five months ago) link

The Best Western on Franklin - near Hollywood and Los Feliz and Griffith Park
The Line in Ktown - central location good transit options
The Farmer's Daughter on Fairfax - near LACMA and Farmer's Market
The Charlie in WeHo - awesome old hollywood vibe

i have had fam stay in all those places except farmer's daughter, no complaints on any of them

buzza, Monday, 8 July 2019 02:58 (five months ago) link

Thank you!

Lactose Shaolin Wanker (Raymond Cummings), Friday, 12 July 2019 01:02 (five months ago) link

three weeks pass...

To live and stay in LA

calstars, Sunday, 4 August 2019 21:03 (four months ago) link

to stay & leave from LA

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Sunday, 4 August 2019 22:23 (four months ago) link

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