Was really impressed with the Crown Plaza. Staff were really helpful (especially James). Location was great. Just around the corner from Blue Bus No.7 which takes you down all the way to Santa Monica for $1.25 and also bus stop across the road from Crown took us straight to the Beverly Centre. Rooms at the Crown were clean and loved the small touches like doona and aromatherapy spray and relaxation cd left on the bed when we checked in. Limo drivers that were part of the Crown also very handy and honest. Walked to Rodeo Drive about a 15 minute walk and also very close to some yummy restaurants. Il Fornaio Italian was fantastic and limo took us for free there (bellman organised it). Two course meal and child meal with a bottle of wine and beer was $106 Aus. very reasonable for top quality food. Bar in lobby very handy for after shopping drink. Don't forget to sign up for Priority Club online before you go as you get complimentary continental breakfast. Well worth it.