My boyfriend and I are flying into LA before starting a 6 day trip up the coast to SF. As far as time in LA goes, we won't have too much. We arrive 5:00 pm on a Tuesday and plan to leave for Santa Barbara around 2:00 pm the following day. After playing around on google (trying to map driving times), I have yet to really find an ideal place to stay in LA.
The day we arrive, the only things we really want to do include Griffith Observatory and eating a Philippe's (my boyfriend has been wanting to go there for quite some time). The next day I had hoped to just see SOME of the highlights (Grauman's Chinese theater, Santa Monica, Venice Beach, and anything else we can fit in.)
In any event, I'm just wondering where would be a good base for that one night. I have some Starwood points I could use, but that really only gets me a hotel at or around the airport. The other hotels I looked at were in Santa Monica or West Hollywood. For what I have in mind day one - any suggestions? I'm assuming getting into LA at 5:00 is probably the worst time to be driving anywhere....
Thanks for your help!