|Subject: Re: Santa Monica/ Venice Beach Hotels|
I go to Los Angeles quite a bit, and Marina Del Rey is where I always stay. It's close to LAX, not to mention the ocean, and is a beautiful town. I usually stay with family when I go, but I've stayed at the Marina International Hotel, which is reasonable and nice, and I've also heard great things about the Foghorn Harbor Inn.
Will you have time to do anything in Pasadena aside from seeing the Parade? There is some wonderful architecture there, including some Greene & Greene homes, so I highly recommend taking a look if you are into that.
Hope you have fun!! I'll be there in December myself and am looking forward to the sun :)
Marcia in Minneapolis