Los Angeles

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Los Angeles

From celebrity-spotting to clothes shopping, the fabled heartland of the film industry offers substance as well as style.

Los Angeles started out as a dusty, rural Mexican cattle station situated between the mountains and the ocean. The gold rush of the 1840s and the oil rush a decade later brought the first wave of wealth to this undeveloped part of the American West Coast. Then the film studios arrived with the new century, drawn by the availability of cheap parcels of flat, scrubby land on which to build their extensive backlots. From the Wild West to Hollywood, LA had suddenly transformed itself into the showbiz capital of the world.

The city today takes in over eighty districts, each with its own character. The glamour of the golden age lives on in upmarket residential areas like Bel Air and the shoppers’ paradise of Beverly Hills. Enjoy the al fresco workouts and carnival atmosphere of bohemian Venice Beach and go autograph-hunting in the exclusive celebrity hangouts on Rodeo Drive.

Take the easy route to the stars by following the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which immortalises famous actors and musicians in pavement plaques, or book a tour of Universal Studios for an action close-up of your favourite cinema characters. For family fun, plan a trip to Disneyland Resort.

LA boasts an impressive cultural pedigree, with world-class venues such as the stunning Walt Disney Concert Hall, home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, and fascinating museums housed in landmark buildings. The Getty Center owns a priceless collection of artworks including masterpieces of French impressionism. Families will love the interactive exhibits at the Aquarium of the Pacific, where you can stroke sharks and watch penguins feeding.

Travel to the far corners of the universe at Griffith Observatory and go back in time to the Ice Age among the skeletons at the La Brea Tar Pits. Learn about the part played by the USS Iowa in many important US Navy campaigns, then visit some of the vintage rides on historic Santa Monica Pier, where Route 66 meets the Pacific Ocean.

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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 €128 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! (3,472 reviews)
"Our room that had an LED mirror light.. the room was very clean.. the staff was also friendly and helpful"

Reviewed on 25 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 €130 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! (4,093 reviews)
"The hotel was great for getting us to the airport on time."

Reviewed on 27 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 €222 per night from 10 Oct to 10 Oct
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! (2,408 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 €109 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 €135 per night from 4 Oct to 4 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 €161 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! (1,269 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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