We (wife and I plus 8 & 5yo girls) are returning to beautiful Southern California again this year for our family holiday, primarily for Disneyland. We want to start the holiday in Los Angeles, at this stage preferably Santa Monica, as we really enjoyed our visit there last year.
Just looking for some hotel advice, arriving September 25th. Hoteks are, obviously, quite expensive there, I'm hoping for something around $250/night, expecting to pay tax and unfortunately parking for our car on top of that. Budget can be stretched for the right pace. We don't need to be right on the berachfront, but need to be easy walking distance to 3rd Street shops and restaurants in the area. A pool would be preferable too.
So far the one that seems to fit most of the criteria is Doubletree Suites, but I'm just not sure about the location. Any other recommendations? The Georgian is another I have looked at, better location, a little more expensive, and not sure if there is a pool?
Lastly, are there other areas we could also be looking at instead of Santa Monica? We haven't figured out exactly what we will do yet, possibly Universal, definitely Griffith Park, maybe a drive to Malibu, the Getty. We did Hollywood in 20 minutes last year which was enough!