We have a stopover in LAX on our way home from NYC. We arrive 5pm on the Friday night and depart early Sunday evening. We have been to LA before and have visited Disneyland and Hollywood etc. we did not visit Santa Monica, Venice beach. Trying to decide on a hotel a) nearby to SM and Venice which all seem very costly or b) stay near airport (at a lesser cost) and use taxi to get to Santa Monica area. Any ideas??