We are a family of 4 (2 - 12year olds) and are headed to SoCal next summer (2013). We were originally going to make it a Disney only trip but have now extended it to a few things in LA as well. We would like to spend 2 - 3 days in LA rather than driving back and forth from Anaheim. Is this recommended? In LA we want to : Universal Santa Monica Pier Original Farmers Market and The Grove Griffith Park Quick trip through Hollywood and Beverly Hills - from what I read, a short trip is all that is recommended. Shopping at the Citadel. I mostly want to know where to stay in LA. Our budget allows for about $150ish a night for hotel. What will I get for this kind of money - or would it just be better to stay in Anaheim and drive back and forth. If you have stayed in a great place in LA please share your experience!! Thanks for your help!!