Los Angeles, CA

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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

Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel
Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel
4 out of 5
6101 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
The price is ¥15,710 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 6
Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Hollywood Park Casino and within 6 mi (10 km) of SoFi Stadium and Los Angeles Forum. ...
4/5 Very Good! (3,531 reviews)
"Perhaps just for the busy weekend there was no housekeeping during the stay, but I could ask for extra towels if needed. Happy with that. No room food service made me sad, but I ate at the hotel restaurant so OK."

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2021

Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel
Loews Hollywood Hotel
Loews Hollywood Hotel
4 out of 5
1755 North Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
The price is ¥26,312 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 19
This family-friendly Los Angeles hotel is located in the historical district, within a 5-minute walk of Hollywood Wax Museum, Dolby Theater, and TCL Chinese ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (2,699 reviews)
"This property is right in the middle of everything it is in a perfect location. Shopping, dining and bus tours was all within walking distance I did not need my car not even one time."

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2021

Loews Hollywood Hotel
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
The price is ¥24,311 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 19
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 ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (2,412 reviews)
"Had such a lovely experience here. It’s safe and clean, the staff are the best and so helpful, it’s quiet and the lobbies are both stunning, rooms are spotless, spacious and convenient. Doesn’t get much better than this."

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2021

InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown, an IHG Hotel
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Ayres Suites Diamond Bar
Ayres Suites Diamond Bar
3 out of 5
21951 Golden Springs Dr, Diamond Bar, CA
The price is ¥15,690 per night from Dec 14 to Dec 14
Located in the heart of Diamond Bar, this golf aparthotel is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Royal Vista Golf Club and within 9 mi (15 km) of California State Polytechnic ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,477 reviews)
"While the property could use an update, it is consistent with the Ayres brand. The room was clean and all the amenities were as expected. The front desk staff were kind and courteous. I woke up too late to take advantage of the breakfast voucher."

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2021

Ayres Suites Diamond Bar
Homewood Suites by Hilton Los Angeles Redondo Beach
Homewood Suites by Hilton Los Angeles Redondo Beach
3 out of 5
2430 Marine Avenue, Redondo Beach, CA
The price is ¥16,030 per night from Dec 29 to Dec 29
Located in North Redondo, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Polliwog Park, Lakes at El Segundo, and Toyota Sports Center. Manhattan Beach Pier and Hermosa ...
3.8/5 Good! (1,069 reviews)
"Beautiful property, but walls in the room were dirty and look kind old"

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Los Angeles Redondo Beach
Venice Breeze Suites
Venice Breeze Suites
3.5 out of 5
2 Breeze Avenue, Venice, CA
The price is ¥21,285 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 6
Offering direct access to the beach, this Venice apartment building is on the boardwalk and within a 5-minute walk of Venice Beach Boardwalk and Venice Beach. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,299 reviews)
"Very good location, free parking around the neighbour hood.Right on the beach and beside a Starbucks👍😊"

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2021

Venice Breeze Suites
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