I am having a really hard time picking a place to stay - visitors will be 2 females for 3 nights. Plan to do a day of the Hollywood/Beverly Hills sites, a day of the beaches, and the remaining half day doing whatever. Thought the beach would be a nice place to stay - looked at all of the hotels in Santa Monica, and all in our price range (preferably under 200) had complaints that concerned me - mostly about noise and cleanliness. Found a hotel in Venice that claims to be sound proof, though 1 review makes me think otherwise - the Best Western Marina Pacific.
So would you stay in Venice if you were us? I keep reading things saying stay in SM, not Venice. Can you help me find a clean, QUIET, and reasonably priced hotel? Doesn't have to be at the beach, but would prefer that.