I've stayed in this area a lot and if you want to be near the beach, and especially if you won't have a car, you can't beat the Crowne Plaza on N Harbor Dr. in Redondo Beach. It's right across from the marina, a 5 min walk south to the pier & beach, a 10 min walk north to Hermosa Beach (sand is a bit nicer/cleaner), and a 5 minute walk east to the PCH where you can find a lot of restaurants, a grocery store, a drug store etc. There is also a bus stop right on the corner outside of the hotel if you want to go a bit further, and the hotel itself offers a free shuttle to nearby shopping malls. There are never guarantees with Priceline but I've bid many times for a 3.5* in the MB-RB zone (offering low $40s up to low $60s) and I've always wound up with this property. Currently, you can use Lawndale and Culver City as free rebid zones. The only real risk is getting upgraded to a 4* in Manhattan Beach (although those may be near the beach as well) which is why I never bid much more than $60. The Crowne Plaza also comes up on Hotwire (you can identify it as the 3.5* star with tennis) although HW's rates tend to be higher than PL's. Good luck!