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

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$213 per night from 30 Sep. to 30 Sep.
Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Boeing Satellite Development Center, Flight Path Learning Center & Museum and ...
4/5Very Good! (3,468 reviews)
"Great location and accessible to the LAX and the metro rail. Plenty of quick cheap eats on Century blvd."

Reviewed on 21 Sep. 2021

Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel
Hilton Los Angeles Airport
Hilton Los Angeles Airport
4 out of 5
5711 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
The price is NZ$218 per night from 12 Oct. to 12 Oct.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Boeing Satellite Development Center, Flight Path Learning Center & Museum and Toyota Sports ...
3.8/5Good! (4,110 reviews)
"Everything was excellent"

Reviewed on 24 Sep. 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$370 per night from 30 Sep. to 30 Sep.
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! (2,404 reviews)
"Great staff and good customer service"

Reviewed on 24 Sep. 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.
Ginosi Metropolitan Apartel
Ginosi Metropolitan Apartel
3 out of 5
5825 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
The price is NZ$182 per night from 25 Oct. to 25 Oct.
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 ...
3.4/5Good! (311 reviews)
"Overall, the stay was pretty decent. I stayed here from Saturday to Wednesday and I had a very small amount of complaints. I booked the panoramic suite and the view was great but the windows on the outside were terrible to look at it so it subtracted from it. Bathroom, kitchen, living/dining area, ..."

Reviewed on 23 Sep. 2021

Ginosi Metropolitan Apartel
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 NZ$225 per night from 3 Oct. to 3 Oct.
Located in North Redondo, this aparthotel is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Lakes at El Segundo and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Toyota Sports Center. Redondo Beach Pier and Manhattan ...
3.9/5Good! (1,006 reviews)
"Clean and relaxing"

Reviewed on 22 Sep. 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 NZ$285 per night from 29 Sep. to 29 Sep.
Offering direct access to the beach, this Venice apartment building is on the boardwalk, steps away from Venice Beach and Venice Beach Boardwalk. Santa Monica ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,268 reviews)
"The Hotel was great, just the outside was a lot of trash, and a lot of homeless sleeping in the beach"

Reviewed on 14 Sep. 2021

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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