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Whangarei, New...
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Suggestions for a base

Having been to Las vegas / Grand Canyon, we have 3 days in the Los Angeles area. We wish to find a hotel/motel on the north end of town, convenient for our trip back to San Francisco, but also from where we may be able to drive to L.A. / Hollywood/ Long beach etc . Camarillo is also on the list for the girls to do some outlet shopping. We are from New Zealand so the roading system may prove confusing ( but not daunting ) So ideas for a good location would be great.

Many thanks

Santa Monica...
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1. Re: Suggestions for a base

Being on the "north" end of "town" doesn't necessarily put you any closer or more conveniently located for your drive to San Francisco. Camarillo you would visit on the way to San Francisco. Why do you want to visit Long Beach? Hollywood is in LA, what else are you visiting? Will you be visiting Santa Monica? Beverly Hills? Disneyland?

What is your budget per night?

Whangarei, New...
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2. Re: Suggestions for a base

Yes Santa Monica may well be on the itinerary, we really dont have any specific must do's. Venice beach was one our party highlighted. As to budget, perhaps in the $ 100-120/night range. We are not particular, a bed and a clean room is all we require, in any motel. More of interest is a convenient place that will facillitate an easy drive on our way to San Francisco. Disney is definitely not on the itinerary.

Rancho Santa...
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3. Re: Suggestions for a base

You are putting the cart before the horse. What is your itinerary? It sounds like you are renting a car. $200/night puts you on the lower end budget-wise. But, you need some concrete plans. What you've stated is too vague. Do some more research on LA before you select a hotel. Tell us more about your family and your interests. You are underestimating all there is to see and do. Three days is very little time.

Your notion of wanting to stay on the north end of town has a comical quality about it. LA is enormous. So you're going to have to do some more itinerary research before selecting a hotel.

HTH

Edited: 2:57 am, August 17, 2013
West Hollywood...
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4. Re: Suggestions for a base

The "north end of town" is a MASSIVE suburban area with no tourist attractions called the San Fernando Valley. Why would you want to stay there? Where did you come up with 'the north end of town"? What are you trying to accomplish by staying there?

Los Angeles
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5. Re: Suggestions for a base

If you are going to drive to San Francisco via the scenic route, you'll want to either start on Highway 1 in Santa Monica, or take the 101 freeway out of LA until it merges with Highway 1 in the Ventura area. Both freeways exit LA to the west part of our area, so staying in the northern part of our area for this is not especially helpful for a more convenient drive to SF.

Santa Monica is not the north end of town, but its where Highway 1 leaves LA. However, hotels there are quite expensive generally, well beyond $120 per night.

For the 101, Hollywood is convenient to that freeway and is a somewhat central, touristy area. Hollywood also gives you the best chance of finding a hotel in your stated price range, but $120 is at or below the minimum to get a basic, 2 star type place in Hollywood. Something like the Motel 6 on Whitley Ave., however, should be within that price range - its just very, very basic.

If you are just driving back to San Francisco via Interstate 5 (the dull, boring, non-scenic, but quickest route) then staying somewhere like Burbank makes the most sense for that purpose, but downtown LA would also work, as I-5 passes through both these areas. But in both cases you'd be unnecessarily far from and inconveniently located for the rest of your LA itinerary, in Burbank especially. For downtown, you might want to look in the Little Tokyo or Chinatown areas to find something basic for your budget - somewhere like the Miyako, Metro Plaza Hotel, or Best Western Dragon Gate Inn. I-5 does in fact exit the LA area in the northern part of the area, but unless you're in a hurry to get to San Francisco, this is not the road that most would recommend.

Whangarei, New...
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6. Re: Suggestions for a base

Mach Three, Thank you for such a positive response to my post, very helpful, ( unlike the previous 2 decidedly critical and assumptive replies .) . I have researched your ideas and taken suggestions on board, and pencilled a couple of probables. My original post was never budget oriented, so the figure quoted was plucked from the air , you have provided exactly the directions i need. many thanks .

Anaheim, California
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7. Re: Suggestions for a base

OK, why Camarillo for Outlet Shopping? There are plenty of great Outlet Malls in Southern California, here is a set of LA Times (local newspaper) articles and interactive map talking about the options. (Note, since the article was written, the former Block of Orange is now known as The Outlets at Orange.)

…latimes.com/2011/aug/07/business/la-fi-0807…

…latimes.com/2011/aug/07/business/la-fi-0807…

latimes.com/business/…7637071.htmlstory

I might just stay in the Long Beach area and visit what you want to see in the Greater Los Angeles Area during your visit, and then take the PCH with a recommended detour to the Palos Verdes area and the drive next to Point Vicente and the Terranea Resort.

palosverdes.com/RPV/…

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g28926-c174834/Califo…

Whangarei, New...
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8. Re: Suggestions for a base

Darkbeer, thanks for the outlet articles, very informative. Especially the interactive map. It gives us an opportunity to shop perhaps in Barstow on our days drive from Vegas. Camarillo has been chosen again purely by location, as its convenient for our trip north to San Francisco. while we are not inexperienced travellers ( 55 countries to date ) we do have grandchildren whos needs must be catered to on long days. Hence forward planning, re location, is my focus.

Santa Monica...
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9. Re: Suggestions for a base

Considering that you have mentioned in each post wanting to be more north for your drive to SF, Long Beach, as suggested above, is not a good idea. It puts you an hour south of LA itself, and further from your starting point to SF.

Santa Monica is an excellent idea, since it puts you close to the beach, shops, restaurants, cafes, the Pier (for the grandkids), and right on Highway 1 for setting off, if that's the highway you will take on your drive to SF. However, SM is about triple the rate you mentioned.

Whangarei, New...
posts: 618
reviews: 14
10. Re: Suggestions for a base

Santa monica is probably a good suggestion. Are you able to comment why we should not use the attatched motel chain ? We have done so on previous visits , found them to be well priced, always spotless even if they tend to be basic. After all it is just a bed for the night, not looking for a resort experience.

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