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Los Angeles, CA
Travel Guide

The beaches of Santa Monica, boutiques along Beverly Hills’ tree-lined boulevards, and Universal Studios’ movie sets set the scene for a perfect West Coast break.

Beneath the iconic “Hollywood” sign, Los Angeles sprawls out over 4,061 square miles (10,518 square kilometers). More than 80 neighborhoods spread up into the mountains, through bustling city blocks and down to the ocean.

Wealth and glamour reign in upscale areas like Bel Air and Beverly Hills, while eccentricity rules in Venice Beach. In the hills high above the city, art and architecture are on display at the Getty Center. For science and history buffs, there’s astronomy at the Griffith Observatory, prehistoric remains at the La Brea Tar Pits and a naval monument at the USS Iowa. A carnival atmosphere pervades Santa Monica Pier, and life beneath the water is the ticket at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

Universal Studios is a good place to see big names in film and television hard at work. You might also see a celebrity practicing retail therapy at the designer boutiques of Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive. Take a stroll along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where the biggest stars of stage and screen have been immortalized with brass plaques on the sidewalk.

Despite the red carpets, velvet ropes and shiny limousines that seem synonymous with the city today, LA has lived through many guises since Mexican settlers founded it in 1781. Once a dusty cattle settlement, the city was at the heart of the gold and oil rushes in the 1840s and ’50s. In the early 1900s, major film studios arrived and the outback town began its evolution into the entertainment capital of the world.

To get a true sense of the city’s past and present, try and cover all bases with studio tours and beach trips, museum visits and fine dining. Even if you don’t sight a major celebrity, you’ll find Los Angeles a star in its own right.

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Where to stay 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
The price is ¥10,291 per night from Apr 1 to Apr 2

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 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,368 reviews)

"Gorgeous hotel. The view from our room was spectacular. What a way to spend my 23rd birthday. Great staff, great facilities, safe, and comfortable. The Westin Bonadventure in LA is now our go-to whenever we’re in town."…"

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2021

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 ¥11,232 per night from Mar 12 to Mar 13

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! (4,001 reviews)

"Nice hotel. Comfortable beds. Airport shuttle. Nice market to get food drinks on lobby level."…"

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2021

Hilton Los Angeles Airport
Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza
Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza
4.5 out of 5
251 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥13,430 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9

Located in Downtown Los Angeles, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of The Broad and Walt Disney Concert Hall. Museum of Contemporary Art and Los Angeles ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,395 reviews)

"Loved my stay. Can’t wait to return. Thanks Omni , very comfortable stay. Lovely service"…"

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2021

Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza
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 ¥15,055 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9

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! (1,172 reviews)

"We loved staying at this place, the staff is so friendly and very helpful the room was perfect the double head shower was amazing as well we definitely recommend staying here"…"

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2021

Venice Breeze 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 ¥14,686 per night from Mar 14 to Mar 15

Situated near the airport, 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. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,953 reviews)

"It was a good place to stag . Specially if you have a big family that wanted to be in one room"…"

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2021

HYATT house Los Angeles LAX/Manhattan Beach
Venice Suites
Venice Suites
3 out of 5
417 OceanFront Walk, Venice, CA
The price is ¥13,972 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9

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! (906 reviews)

"really nice just wished I got the full ocean view not partial but still nice and fun. no parking! and hard to find spots blocks away."…"

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2021

Venice Suites
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

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3/5 - Okay

Taz

Jun 6, 2020

Los Angeles is extremely filthy, but I enjoyed the restaurants in the city.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Jun 4, 2020

It was nice but the price they are charging for the small room wasn't. Door to balcony was extremely hard to open room 703 i believe.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jun 3, 2020

Only because of the riots in the city.

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

everyone was looting and rioting

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

Nice

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 31, 2020

The scenery was beautiful

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