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Los Angeles
Travel Guide

Los Angeles

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

Hilton Los Angeles Airport
Hilton Los Angeles Airport
4 out of 5
5711 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
The price is HK$823 per night from 23 May to 23 May
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! (4,008 reviews)
"it was very clean very peaceful"

Reviewed on 16 May 2021

Hilton Los Angeles Airport
Loews Hollywood Hotel
Loews Hollywood Hotel
4 out of 5
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is HK$1,623 per night from 18 May to 18 May
This family-friendly Los Angeles hotel is located in the historical district, just steps away from Hollywood Wax Museum and Hollywood and Highland Center. Dolby ...
4.4/5Excellent! (2,536 reviews)
"We liked the hotel was on Hollywood Blvd. cause once we got out we saw the Stars and there were coffee and fast food and some quick small shopping. Unfortunately there was no direct elevator from parking lot to hotel since the parking lot is part of the shopping center area and being Covid, luggage ..."

Reviewed on 16 May 2021

Loews Hollywood Hotel
The Westin Los Angeles Airport
The Westin Los Angeles Airport
4 out of 5
The price is HK$727 per night from 19 May to 19 May
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! (2,574 reviews)
"Nice property"

Reviewed on 15 May 2021

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.
HYATT house Los Angeles LAX/Manhattan Beach
HYATT house Los Angeles LAX/Manhattan Beach
3 out of 5
The price is HK$1,100 per night from 19 May to 19 May
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! (1,989 reviews)
"Staff was very friendly, and accommodating. There is plenty of grass patches for dogs. Very clean, safe, and comfortable. Would highly recommend"

Reviewed on 8 May 2021

HYATT house Los Angeles LAX/Manhattan Beach
Ayres Suites Diamond Bar
Ayres Suites Diamond Bar
3 out of 5
The price is HK$924 per night from 23 May to 23 May
Located in the heart of Diamond Bar, 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 ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,374 reviews)
"The hotel was nice and clean everyone was helpful there is onsite free parking which was great. The room was nice and clean one of the beds was really squeaky and made noise every time you moved. The room amenities in terms of toiletries were horrible. I think its great that they offer a free breakfast ..."

Reviewed on 30 Apr 2021

Ayres Suites Diamond Bar
Ginosi Metropolitan Apartel
Ginosi Metropolitan Apartel
3 out of 5
The price is HK$1,095 per night from 30 May to 30 May
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 ...
3.6/5Good! (249 reviews)
"The Ginosi Metropolitan Apartel was spacious with a full kitchen, living room, and dining table. It had great lighting with lots of windows. My only complaint is there were individuals loitering outside the entrance, almost every time we left and came home which was slightly uncomfortable. Definitely ..."

Reviewed on 8 May 2021

Ginosi Metropolitan Apartel
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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5/5 - Excellent

DrTariq

7 Mar 2020

Beautiful weather with a wide variety of beaches, Activities, entertaining, dinning, shopping and culture experiences available around you to keep you going on and on.....

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

30 Jan 2020

As it says in the song ' LA is a great big freeway'. No further comment.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

28 Jan 2020

Perfect city to understand the extreme highs and lows of American and Western culture. The extremes of wealth and privilege sit alongside horrific poverty and destitution.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

27 Jan 2020

Too many homeless people with mental/drug issues. Feeling unsafe

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

19 Jan 2020

Different to what i expected

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

18 Jan 2020

Great experience but watch out for the rip offs on venice beach tried to charge 5 dollars for a bottle of water when up the street it was q dollar