Staying in Dana Point and want to spend a night with friends from Marina Del Rey. Sharing a car with our party and don't want to leave them without a car and don't want anyone to spend a bunch of time on the 405. (Not from LA but been there enough to know to avoid the 405 as much as possible. Got to be a least an hour and a half from Dana Point to Marina Del Rey most times a day, longer in rush hour! Yuk)
Thinking of getting a room somewhere inbetween. We did the Hollywood and Beverly Hills night life last time we were there. Looking for a lower-key, unpretentious experience. Dinner & drinks primarily and maybe some Karaoke or a little Dancing to some 80's music (depending on how much alcohol is in us) LOL.
We may be in Disneyland with the kids one of those days and were thinking about hitting Long Beach to grab a bit/drink and let the kids roam around the Queen Mary a bit. So thought it might be novel/convenient to just get a cheap room there (just to crash, no high expectations for that old boat.) Saw some inexpensive quaint places in Huntington Beach also. Don't know much about Seal/Sunset beach but look maybe a bit too small of a community as we want to go low-key but not put-you-to-sleep, few places to get a late night snack, low-key.
Any insights are much appreciated. I'd like to way them against the opinions of our friends from the Valley/Marina.