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Los AngelesUnited States of America

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

Top hotels in 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$148 per night from 29 Jan. to 30 Jan.

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! (4,281 reviews)

"Good quality at fair price.. thank you very much."…"

Reviewed on 24 Jan. 2021

Hilton Los Angeles Airport
Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel
Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel
4 out of 5
6101 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
The price is AU$163 per night from 6 Feb. to 7 Feb.

Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Toyota Sports Center and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Hollywood Park Casino. Los Angeles Forum ...

4.2/5Very Good! (3,675 reviews)

"I like the mattress, I usually can never sleep in hotels but this was a very comfortable beauty rest they had. Everything was very clean I only think the carpet should be cleaned more often."…"

Reviewed on 22 Jan. 2021

Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel
Hotel Indigo Los Angeles Downtown
Hotel Indigo Los Angeles Downtown
4.5 out of 5
899 Francisco Street, Los Angeles, CA
The price is AU$212 per night from 7 Feb. to 8 Feb.

Located in Downtown Los Angeles, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Staples Center and Los Angeles Convention Center. University of Southern California ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,217 reviews)

"The staff was friendly and the room was amazing. There are a variety of places around to eat and the hotel is near a lot of activities."…"

Reviewed on 24 Jan. 2021

Hotel Indigo Los Angeles Downtown
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

Ayres Suites Diamond Bar
Ayres Suites Diamond Bar
3 out of 5
21951 Golden Springs Dr, Diamond Bar, CA
The price is AU$161 per night from 30 Jan. to 31 Jan.

Located in Valle Lindo, this golf aparthotel is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Steep Canyon Trailhead and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Royal Vista Golf Club. California State ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,341 reviews)

"The young guy at night was super nice and friendly, loved his personality. The house keeping lady was really nice and the area is amazing"…"

Reviewed on 24 Jan. 2021

Ayres Suites Diamond Bar
Venice Breeze Suites
Venice Breeze Suites
3.5 out of 5
2 Breeze Avenue, Venice, CA
The price is AU$213 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.

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! (1,157 reviews)

"Whenever I travel to Venice Beach, I wouldn’t stay anywhere else except for Venice Breeze Suites! The prefect location, right on the beach and boardwalk. The rooftop at the hotel is probably my favorite part, great place to catch a tan and people watch!"…"

Reviewed on 22 Jan. 2021

Venice Breeze Suites
Sonesta ES Suites Torrance Redondo Beach
Sonesta ES Suites Torrance Redondo Beach
3 out of 5
19901 Prairie Ave, Torrance, CA
The price is AU$188 per night from 31 Jan. to 1 Feb.

Situated in Torrance, this aparthotel is close to Del Amo Fashion Center, Redondo Beach Pier and South Bay Galleria. Local attractions also include Wilson Park ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,258 reviews)

"It’s was nice and clean. Leo at the front desk was helpful"…"

Reviewed on 8 Nov. 2020

Sonesta ES Suites Torrance Redondo 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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