My 18 yr old daughter and I have a trip booked for the last week of June....already have flights and hotels booked. We're staying at Loews Hollywood for 3 nites and then Loews Santa Monica for 4 nights. I'm having second thoughts now on staying right in Hollywood and I'm thinking of staying in west Hollywood for those 3 nights instead. I checked Hilton Universal but its booked for the days we need. What other hotels would you suggest? We plan on doing the universal vip tour and city walk one day but other than that...nothing else definite. Maybe look into a comedy show one night and spend a few hours one day doing the usual Hollywood things. While we're in Santa Monica we plan on just spending time on the beach and possibly driving and checking out some other areas. We'll have a car for the entire trip. We'll be in SM for 4th of July....any events going on in the area for the 4th. Thanks for any suggestions.