I will be in LA Feb 20 for 5 nights. I'm travelling alone , male early 40's and just want to sight see and relax at a nice hotel in the 200 a night range. I am booked at the Westin in Pasadena , is that too far out of the way? I hear Santa Monica is nice but they want 400 bucks a night? Also is it worth renting a car to sightsee in the city or is public transportation the way to go?