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Los AngelesUnited States of America

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

Top Hotels in Los Angeles

AC Hotel by Marriott Los Angeles South Bay
AC Hotel by Marriott Los Angeles South Bay
3.5 out of 5
2130 East Maple Avenue, El Segundo, CA
The price is ¥10,071 per night from Nov 30 to Dec 1

Located in the heart of El Segundo, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Campus El Segundo and Toyota Sports Center. Sony Pictures Studios and Venice Beach ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (802 reviews)

"Great very nice and understanding staff ! This is a place I would recommend"…"

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2020

AC Hotel by Marriott Los Angeles South Bay
Millennium Biltmore Los Angeles
Millennium Biltmore Los Angeles
4 out of 5
506 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA
The price is ¥7,989 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 14

Located in Downtown Los Angeles, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pershing Square, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and The Broad. Grand Central Market ...

4/5Very Good! (2,033 reviews)

"It was clean and a really comfortable bed. Overall I had a pleasant experience"…"

Reviewed on Nov 25, 2020

Millennium Biltmore 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 ¥9,679 per night from Dec 18 to Dec 19

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! (3,615 reviews)

"It was very comfortable, felt safe to be there, people were very helpful"…"

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2020

Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel
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.

Vacation Rentals in Los Angeles

Ginosi Metropolitan Apartel
Ginosi Metropolitan Apartel
3 out of 5
5825 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
The price is ¥11,034 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7

Located in Hollywood, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Hollywood Palladium and Pantages Theatre. Melrose Avenue and Hollywood and Vine are also ...

3.7/5Good! (206 reviews)

"I loved the sled check in and the all the gated access made me feel safe"…"

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2020

Ginosi Metropolitan Apartel
Ayres Suites Diamond Bar
Ayres Suites Diamond Bar
3 out of 5
21951 Golden Springs Dr, Diamond Bar, CA
The price is ¥11,346 per night from Dec 3 to Dec 4

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! (1,321 reviews)

"Everything was fine. I was just disappointed that the property didn’t have any grounds. I also enjoyed the fact that there was a gym. However, some of the free weights were missing ( one 5 pound weight and both 20 pound weights)."…"

Reviewed on Nov 4, 2020

Ayres Suites Diamond Bar
Venice Breeze Suites
Venice Breeze Suites
3.5 out of 5
2 Breeze Avenue, Venice, CA
The price is ¥16,550 per night from Nov 30 to Dec 1

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! (1,140 reviews)

"The PERFECT place to stay when visiting Venice. Directly on the beach/boardwalk, couldn’t have asked for a better location! Beautiful rooftop, gorgeous room with everything I needed for a comfortable stay. Already planning my next trip! :)"…"

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2020

Venice Breeze 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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4 - Good
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3 - Okay 18.94868390221042%
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2 - Disappointing 3.1555104272436147%
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1 - Terrible 1.9292353354682497%

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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