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Los Angeles
Travel Guide

Los Angeles

Relax on the beaches, be thrilled at the theme parks and experience culture in the museums and art galleries of this sprawling Southern California city.

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.

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Where to stay in Los Angeles

The Westin Los Angeles Airport
The Westin Los Angeles Airport
4 out of 5
5400 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
The price is AU$138 per night from 23 Apr. to 24 Apr.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2 mi (3.2 km) from Hollywood Park Casino and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Los Angeles Forum. Loyola Marymount University and ...
4.1/5Very Good! (2,480 reviews)
"Very very clean, great staff and with secured parking garage."

Reviewed on 15 Apr. 2021

The Westin Los Angeles Airport
Hilton Los Angeles Airport
Hilton Los Angeles Airport
4 out of 5
5711 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
The price is AU$152 per night from 23 Apr. to 24 Apr.
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! (3,922 reviews)
"Everything"

Reviewed on 15 Apr. 2021

Hilton Los Angeles Airport
InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown, an IHG Hotel
InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
900 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Free cancellation
The price is AU$268 per night from 2 May to 3 May
Located in Downtown Los Angeles, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Bloc and Pershing Square. Grammy Museum and Staples Center are also within ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (2,305 reviews)
"Great weekend getaway. The standard rooms are good. Hotel has great customer service."

Reviewed on 12 Apr. 2021

InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown, an IHG Hotel
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.
Venice Breeze Suites
Venice Breeze Suites
3.5 out of 5
2 Breeze Avenue, Venice, CA
The price is AU$256 per night from 22 Apr. to 23 Apr.
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! (1,188 reviews)
"I liked the old fashion elevator The hotel was real nice"

Reviewed on 14 Apr. 2021

Venice Breeze Suites
Venice Suites
Venice Suites
3 out of 5
417 OceanFront Walk, Venice, CA
The price is AU$249 per night from 22 Apr. to 23 Apr.
Nestled on the beach, this Venice apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Venice Beach Boardwalk and Venice Beach. Santa Monica Beach and Abbot Kinney ...
4/5Very Good! (916 reviews)
"I enjoyed my stay,BUT the parking was a nightmare, I feel it's completely unaccepatble to have to pay for parking when you are staying at the facility. Not to mention, you have to walk several blocks back to your room.So people with disabilites or older folks it's a difficult task. The hall carpet ..."

Reviewed on 24 Mar. 2021

Venice Suites
HYATT house Los Angeles LAX/Manhattan Beach
HYATT house Los Angeles LAX/Manhattan Beach
3 out of 5
810 S Douglas St, El Segundo, CA
The price is AU$196 per night from 10 May to 11 May
Located in Lairport, this aparthotel is 5.5 mi (8.8 km) from Redondo Beach Pier, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Los Angeles Forum and Sony Pictures Studios. Venice ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,980 reviews)
"Good location, could use a little updating but appeared well kept. There is no elevator"

Reviewed on 14 Apr. 2021

HYATT house Los Angeles LAX/Manhattan Beach
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
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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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