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Los Angeles
Travel Guide

Los Angeles

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.

Beneath the iconic “Hollywood” sign, Los Angeles stretches out over an impressive 10,518 square kilometres. Its 80 neighbourhoods spread right up into the mountains, via bustling city blocks that run all the way down to the coast.

Wealthy Bel Air and Beverly Hills both ooze glamour and sophistication, while Venice Beach has a more eccentric vibe. Nestled high in the hills above the City, you’ll find the Getty Center, which has both art and architecture on display. If science and history are your thing, Griffith Observatory is a must-visit, as are the La Brea Tar Pits, where you can see the preserved prehistoric remains of the creatures that became entrapped in the sticky bubbling tar. Alternatively, visit a naval monument at the USS Iowa or enjoy the carnival atmosphere of Santa Monica Pier. For something more peaceful, see the calm life beneath the water at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

Universal Studios is a working film and TV studio where you can see stars of stage and screen at work. If you’re lucky, you may get a glimpse of a celebrity enjoying a spot of retail therapy in the designer boutiques in Beverly Hills and on Rodeo Drive. Stroll along the Hollywood Walk of Fame and gaze down at the marble and brass stars inlaid in the pavement that give eternal life to the stars of stage and screen and mark their achievements.

LA isn’t all red carpets, glitz and glamour. It was once at the heart of the gold and oil rushes of the 1840s and ‘50s. It was only in the early 1900s that major film studios arrived and the once dusty cattle settlement began its transformation to the entertainment capital of the world that we know today.

To get a real feel for LA, plan a mix of studio tours, museum visits, beach trips and fine dining. Don’t be disappointed if you don’t get to spot a celebrity. Los Angeles itself is the real star of the show.

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Where to stay in Los Angeles

The Westin Los Angeles Airport
The Westin Los Angeles Airport
4 out of 5
5400 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
The price is NZ$150 per night from 23 Apr. to 24 Apr.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2 mi (3.2 km) from Hollywood Park Casino and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Los Angeles Forum. Loyola Marymount University and ...
4.1/5Very Good! (2,486 reviews)
"Do better at least have what you say you have or provide"

Reviewed on 16 Apr. 2021

The Westin Los Angeles Airport
Hilton Los Angeles Airport
Hilton Los Angeles Airport
4 out of 5
5711 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$164 per night from 18 Apr. to 19 Apr.
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! (3,926 reviews)
"Very clean and everyone was nice"

Reviewed on 16 Apr. 2021

Hilton Los Angeles Airport
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 NZ$289 per night from 2 May to 3 May
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 ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (2,306 reviews)
"Great hotel and also in a great area!! I didn’t have any complaints during my stay would definitely recommend"

Reviewed on 16 Apr. 2021

InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown, an IHG 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.
Venice Breeze Suites
Venice Breeze Suites
3.5 out of 5
2 Breeze Avenue, Venice, CA
The price is NZ$277 per night from 19 Apr. to 20 Apr.
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! (1,188 reviews)
"I liked the old fashion elevator The hotel was real nice"

Reviewed on 14 Apr. 2021

Venice Breeze Suites
Venice Suites
Venice Suites
3 out of 5
417 OceanFront Walk, Venice, CA
The price is NZ$269 per night from 19 Apr. to 20 Apr.
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! (916 reviews)
"I enjoyed my stay,BUT the parking was a nightmare, I feel it's completely unaccepatble to have to pay for parking when you are staying at the facility. Not to mention, you have to walk several blocks back to your room.So people with disabilites or older folks it's a difficult task. The hall carpet ..."

Reviewed on 24 Mar. 2021

Venice 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 NZ$212 per night from 27 Apr. to 28 Apr.
Located in Lairport, 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. Venice ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,981 reviews)
"Good location, could use a little updating but appeared well kept. There is no elevator"

Reviewed on 14 Apr. 2021

HYATT house Los Angeles LAX/Manhattan 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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