We visit the Hollywood/Silver Lake/Los Feliz area at least five times a year for appointments at Children's Hospital. We've tried the Orchid Suites Hotel (good value, but too far away from the hospital), Travelodge on Vermont (too many bug bites, too much secondhand smoke, and too crowded) and Hollywood Hotel. If you can find a good rate and get a room facing the parking lot, it is very good value. Breakfast was fine and filling (granted, we only stayed two days), the pool area was pleasant, and our room was quiet, clean, and very roomy. We will definitely be staying again. Children's Hospital is walking distance, saving on parking and the 12 check-out time is generous. The neighborhood itself doesn't get safer/more interesting until you've gone maybe 5 blocks up Vermont, heading towards the Hollywood Hills, or five blocks down Sunset, towards Silver Lake. We take our car if we are headed out at night.