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Los AngelesUnited States of America

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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Top hotels in Los Angeles

Hilton Los Angeles Airport
Hilton Los Angeles Airport
4 out of 5
5711 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
The price is NZ$159 per night from 22 Jan. to 23 Jan.

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! (4,276 reviews)

"Overall a great experience! Parking was a breeze charge was $30 a night."…"

Reviewed on 11 Jan. 2021

Hilton Los Angeles Airport
Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel
Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel
4 out of 5
6101 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
The price is NZ$161 per night from 29 Jan. to 30 Jan.

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! (3,666 reviews)

"Very clean. Beds were comfortable! Staff was nice. Convenient to LAX. Would stay here again"…"

Reviewed on 17 Jan. 2021

Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel
Millennium Biltmore Los Angeles
Millennium Biltmore Los Angeles
4 out of 5
506 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA
The price is NZ$154 per night from 23 Jan. to 24 Jan.

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 ...

3.9/5Very Good! (2,115 reviews)

"Beautiful historic building. Nice stay. Generally safe area of downtown. I felt comfortable walking two blocks to a CVS."…"

Reviewed on 6 Jan. 2021

Millennium Biltmore Los Angeles
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Holiday Rentals in Los Angeles

Ayres Suites Diamond Bar
Ayres Suites Diamond Bar
3 out of 5
21951 Golden Springs Dr, Diamond Bar, CA
The price is NZ$173 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.

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! (1,338 reviews)

"This hotel is very friendly for family! Everything works good."…"

Reviewed on 2 Jan. 2021

Ayres Suites Diamond Bar
Venice Breeze Suites
Venice Breeze Suites
3.5 out of 5
2 Breeze Avenue, Venice, CA
The price is NZ$211 per night from 25 Jan. to 26 Jan.

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! (1,156 reviews)

"The staff were very friendly and helpful.The suite was okay, but had hard time finding parking spot even it wasn’t weekend."…"

Reviewed on 2 Dec. 2020

Venice Breeze Suites
Sonesta ES Suites Torrance Redondo Beach
Sonesta ES Suites Torrance Redondo Beach
3 out of 5
19901 Prairie Ave, Torrance, CA
The price is NZ$186 per night from 25 Jan. to 26 Jan.

Situated in Torrance, this aparthotel is close to Del Amo Fashion Center, Redondo Beach Pier and South Bay Galleria. Local attractions also include Wilson Park ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,258 reviews)

"It’s was nice and clean. Leo at the front desk was helpful"…"

Reviewed on 8 Nov. 2020

Sonesta ES Suites Torrance Redondo 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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