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.

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 ¥15,194 per night from May 30 to May 31
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! (3,803 reviews)
"Staff was professional. Hotel was classy. The taproom was an added bonus. Ready to return"

Reviewed on May 17, 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 ¥34,205 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 2
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! (2,586 reviews)
"Great friendly staff."

Reviewed on May 15, 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
The price is ¥15,507 per night from May 30 to May 31
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! (2,391 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 May 15, 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 ¥15,253 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Inglewood. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and onsite parking. Popular attractions SoFi Stadium and Los Angeles Forum ...
3.3/5 (23 reviews)
"The ambiance, amenities, location, look and feel."

Reviewed on May 13, 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 ¥17,795 per night from May 30 to May 31
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 ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,483 reviews)
"Sonesta was great. The staff was friendly and helpful and the property was unkept very well!"

Reviewed on May 23, 2022

Sonesta ES Suites Torrance Redondo Beach
Sonesta ES Suites Chatsworth
Sonesta ES Suites Chatsworth
3 out of 5
21902 Lassen St, Chatsworth, CA, 91311
The price is ¥23,644 per night from Jun 5 to Jun 6
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Chatsworth. Enjoy free WiFi, a free area shuttle, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the breakfast ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (786 reviews)
"Kitchen, living room and vaulted ceilings. Good for families with small children"

Reviewed on May 19, 2022

Sonesta ES Suites Chatsworth
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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