Good Hotels in LA

Updated on September 07, 2008
S.A. asks from Schaumburg, IL
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We are planning to take a vacation in LA with our two kids (7 and 3) to visit Disneyland and a few other places like Hollywood and want to stay in a hotel that is centrally located and is good for kids. I am looking for any recommendations/experiences of where to stay or where not to stay. Thanks much!

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LA is SOOO spread out and they are definitely not kid friendly. Disneyland is off the beaten path of a lot of things but the best thing you can do is to stay around Malibu or Santa Monica by the beach someplace if you can providing you have a car to drive around. We lived in Beverly Hills which is a few miles inland of Santa Monica. There is really not much to see there outside of BH and the UCLA campus there off of Wilshire blvd/cbs studios (off of fairfax)and the farmers market which is not so great anymore since it's been "discovered" as where the cbs soap stars go for lunch.If you cannot find anything on the beach, I would look at the website on Disneyland and see what they offer as their recommendations will be more "kid friendly". LA is one of those places where you certainly don't want to be in a far away or "off" location.

Hope this helps.

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Bay Peninsula in Newport Beach (not exactly sure of the name, but it was close to that). They are highly rated on TripAdvisor. Not super close to Disney, but I thought close enough (about 20 min drive). Walking distance (across 1 busy street and then 1 block). Sand toys, beach chairs, towels to borrow. Super nice management. We stayed there 2 nights over last spring break and would very much recommend it IF you like non-cookie cutter hotels.



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We stayed at this hotel when we went to Disneyland in 2007:

It is right by Disneyland, but very reasonably priced for the location and the hotel is super nice. It's got this little river running through the dining area with real fish and turtles so the kids just love it. Breakfast is included and a p.m. snack hour. There is also a shuttle to Disney from the hotel, we loved it there.



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Lived in the Los Angeles area for several years. You may want to divide up your trip and stay at different hotels for different parts.

Disneyland is in Anaheim, which is not remotely close to anything. If you're going to go more than one day there, stay nearby at a motel near the Anaheim convention center (if you want to stay cheap) or within the resort.

Hollywood is approx an hour away without traffic. To be close to Hollywood and Universal, I would strongly suggest staying in one of the hotels next to Universal (they have several, including a Hilton). You can then take the red line subway into Hollywood and walk around the more touristy attractions. The red line subway will also take you directly downtown to see places like the Disney concert hall, Parker Center, etc.

Universal City is in the San Fernando Valley, as are many of the studios (Disney, Universal, Warner Bros) and WB & Universal have backlot tours you can take. The Tonight Show is filmed at NBC in Burbank, but you probably don't want to take kids there. Burbank and Universal City are right next to each other.

For another part of your stay, you'll want to see the ocean, and you want to get to Santa Monica. They have an outdoor shopping mall (the 3rd Street Promenade) that isn't anything you haven't seen here, but it's nice. There is also a tiny amusement-park-thing on the Santa Monica pier with a ferris wheel.

I hope you are renting a car. I'm telling you about the red line because there is NO parking in Hollywood or downtown (you'd pay an arm and a leg for it) but the train is quick and easy. Unfortunately, the train only goes to a limited number of worthwhile places, and not to Santa Monica or Beverly Hills.

Feel free to e-mail me directly if you want more specific advice for your itinerary.

Oh, and if you're going in September, know that it is notoriously HOT, especially in the Valley.

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