Even after reading all the info, I'm still confused and uncertain about where to stay so I'm hoping for some good advice from the experts. We are family of 4 (i/c 2 teen sons) staying in LA for 8 nights. Arriving Christmas Day and staying until after New Year. Plan is to spend appx 3 days seeing the famous sites around Hollywood, doing a studio tour, etc. Then 1 day each going to Nixon/Reagan Libraries and 2 theme park days, probably Universal and Disney. We will have a car, but somewhat anxious about the traffic.
We have a flexible budget, but would like to keep it around $450/night (rate + fees) if possible. We would prefer vacation rental instead of hotel. But I'm uncertain of what area to look and how to feel confident in choosing a rental. We have used vrbo very successfully many times, but LA feels overwhelming with all the different areas. We would consider a hotel, but would need 2 rooms.
I'd thought perhaps somewhere in or close to Hollywood area might be convenient. Any advice is suggestions is truly appreciated.