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.

Where to stay in Los Angeles

Sonesta Los Angeles Airport LAX
Sonesta Los Angeles Airport LAX
4 out of 5
5985 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90045
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$209 per night from 22 May to 23 May
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Los Angeles. Enjoy free WiFi, 4 restaurants and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4/5 Very Good! (3,812 reviews)
"Staff was professional. Hotel was classy. The taproom was an added bonus. Ready to return"

Reviewed on 17 May 2022

Sonesta Los Angeles Airport LAX
Loews Hollywood Hotel
Loews Hollywood Hotel
4 out of 5
1755 North Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 90028
The price is AU$408 per night from 23 May to 24 May
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly hotel in Los Angeles. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (2,593 reviews)
"Great friendly staff."

Reviewed on 15 May 2022

Loews Hollywood Hotel
The Westin Los Angeles Airport
The Westin Los Angeles Airport
4 out of 5
5400 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90045
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$214 per night from 22 May to 23 May
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Los Angeles. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 bars/lounges and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4/5 Very Good! (2,397 reviews)
"Easily assessable to other dining places, and to relatives. Didn't care for not having microwave in room, construction across the main street, and not having access to a hotel computer to print out boarding passes for air travel. I know most use our smart devices for that purpose, but I prefer a ..."

Reviewed on 15 May 2022

The Westin Los Angeles Airport
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.
Sonder Lüm
Sonder Lüm
3.5 out of 5
3900 West Century Boulevard, Inglewood, CA, 90303
The price is AU$197 per night from 22 May to 23 May
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Inglewood. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness centre and on-site parking. Popular attractions SoFi Stadium and Los Angeles Forum ...
3.5/5 Good! (22 reviews)
"The ambiance, amenities, location, look and feel."

Reviewed on 13 May 2022

Sonder Lüm
Sonesta ES Suites Torrance Redondo Beach
Sonesta ES Suites Torrance Redondo Beach
3 out of 5
19901 Prairie Ave, Torrance, CA, 90503
The price is AU$236 per night from 24 May to 25 May
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Torrance. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,476 reviews)
"Tiny bathroom and cleaning service was not provided"

Reviewed on 18 May 2022

Sonesta ES Suites Torrance Redondo Beach
Venice Breeze Suites
Venice Breeze Suites
3.5 out of 5
2 Breeze Avenue, Venice, CA, 90291
The price is AU$404 per night from 23 May to 24 May
Stay at this 3.5-star beach apartment in Venice. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,344 reviews)
"It was the best experience ever! The boardwalk was quiet after about 1030pm most nights and we came on a Friday.. clean and very easy to get to from Uber or just from walking."

Reviewed on 25 Apr. 2022

Venice Breeze Suites
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