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Los AngelesUnited States of America

The pretty Santa Monica beaches, upmarket Beverly Hills boutiques, and Universal Studios all make for the perfect holiday on the West Coast.

There are few places on the planet with more iconic visage than Los Angeles. Whether it’s the spectacular golden sands of the beaches of Santa Monica, the lavish boutiques of Beverley Hills, or the epic, tree-lined boulevards that are so synonymous with the city, so much of the Los Angeles cityscape is already familiar to us from television and cinematic images alone. Los Angeles is so frequently used as a backdrop for television programmes and files, and with very good reason. This city has a glamorous beauty all of its own.

LA is truly a sprawling metropolis, spreading out over 10,518 square kilometres, with the famous Hollywood sign visibly looming over the city. The city features more than 80 different neighbourhoods that vary in character. Perhaps the most famous of these neighbourhoods are Bel Air and Beverley Hills, both of which blend wealth, glamour and some of the coolest cars that you could hope to encounter. Elsewhere, the Venice Beach region is known as one of the most eccentric regions of the city.

Other areas are more defined by their cultural aspects. The Griffith Observatory is one of the world’s top astronomy locations, while there are vast prehistoric remains located at the La Brea Tar Pits. If you want to find out more about US naval history, you should check out the monument at the USS Iowa. Santa Monica Pier is known for its riotous, party atmosphere, while animal lovers will relish the impressive Aquarium of the Pacific, which houses a multitude of marine life.

If you want to take in the most famous LA haunts, and taste a little celebrity culture, then Universal Studios is the obvious place to start. You can also go celeb spotting at the designer boutiques that are prevalent in Beverley Hills and Rodeo Drive. If you can’t spot any real life celebrities then having a wander along the Hollywood Walk of Fame will at least get you in touch with some of the stars, whose names are immortalised in a series of brass plaques on the sidewalk.

Los Angeles is synonymous with glamour and wealth today, but the city was originally a Mexican settlement. Historically, the city was central to the 1840s and 50s gold rush, but eventually became dominated by the film industry when major film studios moved into the city at the turn of the twentieth century.

The city of Los Angeles offers varied attractions and culture, and if you take the time to touch every base, you will be rewarded with an unforgettable trip.

Los Angeles Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Los Angeles

Hollywood featuring night scenes and signage

Hollywood

4/5Very Good!(294 area reviews)

Travellers love Hollywood for its popular shops, and you can see more of Los Angeles by jumping on the metro at Hollywood - Vine Station or Hollywood - Western Station. You might spend time checking out top sights like Hollywood Walk of Fame and Dolby Theater.

Hollywood
Downtown Los Angeles featuring a city

Downtown Los Angeles

3.5/5Good!(119 area reviews)

Walt Disney Concert Hall and Staples Center are top sights in Downtown Los Angeles, and you should be sure to explore the great live music. Hop aboard the metro at Pershing Square Station or 7th Street - Metro Center Station to see more sights in the area.

Downtown Los Angeles
Koreatown, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Koreatown

Travellers choose Koreatown for its abundant dining options. Hop aboard the metro at Wilshire - Normandie Station or Wilshire - Western Station and check out top sights like Wiltern Theatre.

Koreatown
Bel Air - Westwood

Bel Air

You'll appreciate the restaurants during your time in Bel Air and you might want to plan a stop by Getty Center and J. Paul Getty Museum while you're in the area.

Bel Air
Chinatown showing signage

Chinatown

Travellers choose Chinatown for its abundant dining options. Hop aboard the metro at Chinatown Station or Union Station and check out top sights like Los Angeles State Historic Park.

Chinatown

Top hotels in Los Angeles

The Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites, Los Angeles
The Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites, Los Angeles
4 out of 5
404 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$262 per night from 16 Nov. to 17 Nov.

Located in Downtown Los Angeles, this romantic hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Walt Disney Concert Hall, Staples Center and Microsoft Theater. L.A. Live and Los ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,203 reviews)

"Love staying here great room and view. Will definitely be coming back"…"

Reviewed on 26 Oct. 2020

The Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites, Los Angeles
Hilton Los Angeles Airport
Hilton Los Angeles Airport
4 out of 5
5711 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
The price is AU$169 per night from 21 Nov. to 22 Nov.

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Toyota Sports Center and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Los Angeles Forum. Hollywood Park Casino is 2.4 mi ...

3.8/5Good! (4,422 reviews)

"I don’t have any comments, Hilton is good service, clean,"…"

Reviewed on 22 Oct. 2020

Hilton Los Angeles Airport
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham LAX
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham LAX
3 out of 5
5249 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
The price is AU$137 per night from 12 Nov. to 13 Nov.

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Hollywood Park Casino and 2.5 mi (3.9 km) from Los Angeles Forum. Loyola Marymount University and ...

3.8/5Good! (3,962 reviews)

"it was clean, good AC, quiet, comfortable, did the job!"…"

Reviewed on 18 Oct. 2020

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham LAX
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Los Angeles

Venice Breeze Suites
Venice Breeze Suites
3.5 out of 5
2 Breeze Avenue, Venice, CA
The price is AU$254 per night from 5 Nov. to 6 Nov.

With direct access to the beach, this Venice apartment building is on the boardwalk and within a 5-minute walk of Venice Beach Boardwalk, Venice Beach and Abbot ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,134 reviews)

"The PERFECT place to stay when visiting Venice. Directly on the beach/boardwalk, couldn’t have asked for a better location! Beautiful rooftop, gorgeous room with everything I needed for a comfortable stay. Already planning my next trip! :)"…"

Reviewed on 30 Sep. 2020

Venice Breeze Suites
TENTEN Wilshire - Official
TENTEN Wilshire - Official
4 out of 5
1010 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
The price is AU$843 per night from 1 Nov. to 2 Nov.

Located in Downtown Los Angeles, this residence is within a 15-minute walk of Good Samaritan Hospital, Pershing Square and Grammy Museum. Staples Center and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (43 reviews)

"It felt just like home. I loved it and will definitely be returning soon"…"

Reviewed on 26 Jul. 2020

TENTEN Wilshire - Official
Ginosi Metropolitan Apartel
Ginosi Metropolitan Apartel
3 out of 5
5825 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
The price is AU$172 per night from 16 Nov. to 17 Nov.

Located in Hollywood, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Hollywood Palladium and Pantages Theatre. Melrose Avenue and Hollywood and Vine are also ...

3.8/5Good! (201 reviews)

"I loved the sled check in and the all the gated access made me feel safe"…"

Reviewed on 26 Oct. 2020

Ginosi Metropolitan Apartel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Los Angeles

3.9

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
129
5 - Excellent 25.748502994011975%
4 - Good
236
4 - Good 47.10578842315369%
3 - Okay
113
3 - Okay 22.55489021956088%
2 - Disappointing
19
2 - Disappointing 3.7924151696606785%
1 - Terrible
4
1 - Terrible 0.7984031936127745%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

9 May 2020

Was only at the airport and the Hyatt Regency during a transit from New Zealand to Honolulu but it was a positive experience!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

29 Feb. 2020

Alot of homeless everywhere.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

12 Feb. 2020

Be carful of the crackheads. Especially at night. Also drinks when bars close.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

8 Feb. 2020

Plenty to do for 2 was

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

24 Jan. 2020

Transport Good & great shopping

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

18 Jan. 2020

There’s a few options for shopping including outlet shopping. Santa Monica is nice but in the winter it doesn’t seem like theres too much going on in LA. It seemed pretty quiet. The weather was also not very wintery - 23 Celsius and sunny.

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