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west hollywood or downtown ?

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west hollywood or downtown ?


we are family of 5 adults and one child planning to visit l.a in september 2013 . We are confused about which area to stay in. Our interest is lively area with restaurants cafes and shopping. since we will be renting a car , going from one place to another shouldnt be a problem . Just want the advice on which area to stay in.



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1. Re: west hollywood or downtown ?

With a large group, the Hollywood and Highland area is popular, multiple Hotels that can handle large groups with different floor plans. Also lots of shopping in the area.

Downtown Los Angeles has spots that are interesting to shop at, but other areas are more business orientated. Also check out nearby China Town for shopping.

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2. Re: west hollywood or downtown ?

West Hollywood will be more central and tends to be both more lively and has more good shopping in the nearby area.

Contrary to what you might expect, downtown LA is not really geographically in the center of LA - its off to the east and its far from most touristy stuff - its also the center of LA's legendary traffic and so can be less than ideal to stay there with a car as a tourist. Parts of downtown are lively, parts are rather quiet at night and on weekends.

Both areas have some great restaurants.

Since there is 6 in your group, it will be good to know if you are planning to get only one hotel room to save on costs, or will you be getting two rooms? If you want only one room, your hotel choices will be more limited since hotels in LA mostly only allow 4 per room. There is an FAQ in the LA forum that covers hotels that allow 5 or 6 people per room - here is the link: tripadvisor.com/Travel-g32655-c172178/Los-An…

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3. Re: west hollywood or downtown ?

How many rooms and what is your budget per night per room? What are you doing while in LA?

Please read the FAQs mentioned above - and read on Where to Stay.

4. Re: west hollywood or downtown ?

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