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Traveller's reviews and photos

8
Very good
LA is Marmite. You either love it or hate it! We go out once a year and spend varying amounts of time in the city. It's exciting, noisy, busy and can be difficult to navigate but for a real buzz of movie backdrops, everything you see in movies this is the place.
Robert
France
18 February 2017
10
Exceptional
If you are in the entertainment industry, fashion or music biz, it is Nirvana! A bit of traffic, but UberX is terrific. Fab neighborhoods, interesting restaurants, art and culture. Something for everyone. Weather is exceptional.
Susan
USA
19 February 2017
10
Exceptional
Loved LA - unfortunately 2 days were wiped out due to storms & flash flooding. This meant I didn't get to Disneyland or Universal Studios. So I will just have to come back some day :)
Charmaine
Australia
18 February 2017
8
Very good
I enjoy DTLA.To me its fascinating as there is so much to see.I enjoy walking around an watching the big construction that is always going on.I was particularly interested in the Wilshire Grand Tower project. I walked a lot and ate lunch at Bunker Hill restaurant.
Wm.
USA
20 February 2017
8
Very good
The lacma was very Nice. Cool To see The holywood sign. The sea is Nice, go To venice And The santa Monica! Distances are big and iT is expensive.
Selvetta
Netherlands
19 February 2017

Accommodation and hotels in Los Angeles

Hollywood Travelodge

7.3 Good

Score from 1,355 reviews

£76

Average price per night
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Saharan Motor Hotel

6.6 Review score

Score from 1,653 reviews

£88

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  • “location was great”
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City Center Hotel Los Angeles

5.2 Review score

Score from 1,005 reviews

£71

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  • “location was great”
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Shore Hotel

8.5 Very good

Score from 1,377 reviews

£238

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  • “location was great”
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  • “amazing views”
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Loews Hollywood Hotel

8.5 Very good

Score from 1,297 reviews

£173

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  • “location was great”
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The Hollywood Roosevelt

8.1 Very good

Score from 1,727 reviews

£180

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  • “location was great”
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  • “beautiful building”
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Hyatt Regency Los Angeles International Airport

8.4 Very good

Score from 868 reviews

£104

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  • “good connection to airport”
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  • “excellent quality of food”
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Hotel Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

8.3 Very good

Score from 1,344 reviews

£184

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  • “location was great”
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SIXTY Beverly Hills

8 Very good

Score from 745 reviews

£180

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  • “location was great”
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  • “great pool area”
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Discover Los Angeles

Popular neighbourhoods in Los Angeles

Hollywood

211 properties

Oh, Hollywood: icon of the silver screen and wayward Western dreams. Oscar-winners, critical darlings and aspiring actors walk (or get chauffeured) around these parts. Hike up the hillside trails to the iconic sign or take in a comedy show at Upright Citizen’s Brigade. Art houses, trendy cafés, and city bus tours proliferate in this area.

Venice Beach

91 properties

Seedy, eccentric, and sun-filled: Venice is a mecca of creative oddballs. Explore this quirky beach town with a cup of artisan coffee from Intelligentsia. Yoga studios, vegan cafés, street performers, and boho-chic boutiques demand your attention. Walk the boardwalk and admire the sun-seekers, skateboarders and white-haired surfers.

Beverly Hills

54 properties

For lifestyles of the rich and famous, look no further than this celebrity village. Superstar sightings, mega-mansions, and über-chic attitudes colour these hills. Linger long enough on Rodeo Drive to smell the coffee, plastic surgery lotion, and pricey perfume. Then stop by an ATM and buy a cupcake straight from the machine (yes, it’s possible).

Santa Monica

54 properties

Surf’s up, Santa Monica. Think of this as LA’s tanned, culturally conscious, and ridiculously good-looking best friend. The beachside district’s a haven of millennials, juice presses, palm trees, and industrial buildings-turned-art spaces. With a dash of posh and a pinch of the alternative, these sunscreen-slathered residents are ahead of the trends.

Marina Del Rey

29 properties

Maritime is all the time in Marina Del Rey. Perpetually tanned bodies soak up the sun along the exclusive oceanfront. Boats bob in the harbour and kayaks cut across the still sea. There are plenty of rentals around if you’ve got the urge to sail. Laid back is the way of life here, so grab an iced Americano and head to the nearest gourmet food truck.

West Hollywood

24 properties

Rainbow flags, vibrant folks, and open attitudes colour “WeHo”. Yoga studios, juice bars and raw vegan brunches cater to every new-fangled health trend. Down your ginger shot and let Sunset Strip and Melrose welcome you with their audacity. The locals don’t seem to sleep, so go all-night with cohorts of creative-types and maybe-models.

Historic District

18 properties

The heart of the “City of Angels”. This area thrives on young, go-getting and progressive folks that seem to survive on champagne and ambition rather than sleep. Nightclubs never stop, high-end lounges sell higher-priced cocktails, and theatres produce shows to rival the country’s best. This district is a buzz that keeps on buzzing.

Universal City

7 properties

Itching to be entertained? Universal Citywalk provides endless opportunities to do just that! Watch any movie under the sun, shop for eco-cosmetics, or sing along with Howl at the Moon’s live musical entourage. Skip over to Universal Studios, where movie madness comes to life. Get behind the silver screen with a studio tour – guaranteed to impress!

Century City

6 properties

Suits and nine-to-fivers crunch through their corporate lives in Century City. It’s strictly business in this district: unless of course you’re coming to pay homage to Lady Marilyn Monroe who is laid to rest in nearby Westwood Cemetery. Just a stone’s throw from the stomping grounds of UCLA students: there’s a bit of youth in the air.

Fairfax District

6 properties

Fairfax welcomes art monsters and indie-geeks. The literati should shop at Family: a bookstore curated to perfection with paperbacks and zines. Stop by for epic readings by well-known authors. Spend a morning munching on doughnuts, fresh berries and handmade nut-butters from the Farmer’s Market, or sample your way through the stalls.

Local tips for Los Angeles

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Shawn by Shawn

At home, Shawn is a full-time mommy who loves finding unique attractions to enjoy with her family.

My family and I love going to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) to check out their amazing exhibits. Kids can get a free membership that includes a free pass for one adult, so it's a very affordable activity. They also have complimentary painting classes every Saturday.

  • 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
  • www.lacma.org
  • Open Monday-Tuesday 11:00-17:00, Thursday 11:00-17:00, Friday 11:00-20:00, Saturday-Sunday 10:00-19:00
Diddy Riese
Juan by Juan

Juan’s passion is travelling and discovering the hidden gems in each city that he visits.

If you love ice cream and cookies, then head over to Diddy Riese. You can pick any two cookies of your liking and slab your favourite ice cream in between. Voila, the perfect ice cream sandwich! Despite the long queue, it’s well worth the wait – and it gives you time to make your choice.

  • 926 Broxton Ave, Westwood, CA 90024
  • diddyriese.com
  • Open Monday-Thursday 11:00-00:00, Friday 11:00-01:00, Saturday 12:00-01:00, Sunday 12:00-00:00
Laugh it up in Hollywood
Geri by Geri

Geri has been laughing her way through LA’s best comedy clubs for more than a year.

My fiancé and I enjoy spending date nights at improv and sketch shows, and Hollywood has a great selection of comedy venues. Some of our favourites include Upright Citizens Brigade, The Second City, iO West and The Groundlings. And at USD 5-10, tickets are fairly cheap!

The Greek Theater
Bret by Bret

Bret takes every opportunity to spend time with family in the outdoors.

The Greek Theater in Griffith Park is the BEST place to enjoy a concert. Modelled after a Greek Temple, music performances occur year-round. I have seen some of my favourite musical acts performed here, and have never been disappointed. The prestige of this place enhances the performances.

  • 2700 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
  • www.greektheatrela.com
  • Open Monday-Friday 12:00-18:00, Saturday 10:00-16:00
J. Paul Getty Museum
Dana by Dana

A native to LA, Dana’s passions include travel, photography and art.

The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center is a great place to spend the day exploring art dating from the eighth through the twenty-first century. In addition to the exceptional art, you’ll discover dramatic architecture, tranquil gardens, and breathtaking views of the city.

  • 1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049
  • www.getty.edu
  • Open Sunday-Friday 10:00-17:30, Saturday 10:00-21:00
Entertainment at LA Live
Erica by Erica

After 9 years in LA, Erica loves the city’s spectacular sports and entertainment venues.

LA Live is one of my favourite entertainment complexes to catch a sports game, attend a concert or enjoy an array of restaurants, my favourite being Katsuya. Situated right in the city centre, it’s walking distance from rooftop bars, shopping and tons of dining options.

  • 800 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015
  • www.lalive.com
  • Check website for details.
Vegan in LA
Stacy by Stacy

Stacy is passionate about great food and finding delicious vegan options.

There are some amazing vegan restaurants in LA. Gracis Madre, one of my favourites, serves plant based food inspired by the kitchens of Mexico. They have a bar as well as a gorgeous patio for dining al fresco. With their seed saving initiative, they serve heirloom corn grown on their farm.

Grand Central Market
Karen by Karen

Although Karen has lived in LA all her life, she loves to travel and discover new local eateries.

Grand Central Market in Downtown LA is a great weekend spot to relax, people watch and enjoy some great local flavours. They have a little bit of something for every palate. Grab some coffee and head across the street to read on the famous bench that was in the film ‘500 Days of Summer’.

Beacher's Madhouse
Blake by Blake

Originally an island boy from Hawaii, Blake moved to the mainland 8 years ago and loves new things.

Beacher’s Madhouse is just that – a madhouse! Located in Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, it’s a crazy bar/club with a very unique atmosphere. One second you could be watching a vaudeville routine, the next you might be taking pictures with Barney or Big Bird, or dancing with an Oompa Loompa.

Japanese Farmers' Market
Erich by Erich

Erich and his family eat vegan and enjoy going to farmers markets and supporting local vendors.

Yamashiro Farmers' Market is great because it’s one of the biggest and oldest in LA. It’s conveniently located right near a great Japanese restaurant, Yamashiro Hollywood, between Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards. Pop over for some fresh produces and yummy local food.

Best WeHo Brunch
Steve by Steve

Living in LA for 5 years, Steven is a self-proclaimed ‘Neo-Nerd’ who fits in perfectly at Comic-Con.

The Waffle Hollywood is the best hideaway brunch spot ever. Located right by the iconic Arclight Dome in Hollywood, they serve breakfast items and savoury appetizers like the Red Velvet Waffle and deep-fried cheese curds; enjoy them over a bucket of 6 beers of your choice.

  • 6255 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
  • thewafflehollywood.com
  • Open Sunday-Thursday 07:30-17:00, Friday-Saturday 07:30-22:00
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Recommendations for Los Angeles

Book a sightseeing tour with a company that offers a "hop on hop off" option. I used LA City Tours and loved me experience. They took me around to all the major points of interest (Rodeo Drive, Hollywood walk of fame, Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Venice Beach (etc). )and gave insightful information on the way.

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Why would you recommend Los Angeles for food?

There are so many different restaurants in and around LA. If you enjoy Chinese or Korean food, this is the place to stay! I actually had friends flew in from north California to LA just to eat in several restaurants for a weekend. Think about it.

There is a pier in Santa Monica's beach It is a pretty nice place to go. The beach a little bit crowded, but is pretty good. Te water was a little cold on August.

Beverly Hills. One can get off and walk down the Rodeo Drive to enjoy window shopping of the most expensive shops in the world.

Explore on your own and check out local unadvertised places. Sometimes the best things in life are free.

Go to the Getty Centre , then to Getty Villa on same day ( same car parking ticket does both

The Grove shopping mall and The Farmer's Market

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Transport

Los Angeles transport

Air - Los Angeles International Airport

Los Angeles International Airport is LA's main airport. The fastest and most convenient way to reach the city centre is by taking a taxi, which takes about 40 minutes and costs USD 46.50 before tips. Taxis can be found curbside on the lower level at a taxi booth, where you will be issued a ticket listing fares to major destinations. Alternatively, you can take the Flyaway Bus to Union Station and access the Metro lines to the city centre for a total of around USD 10.

Air - Bob Hope Airport

Bob Hope Airport is LA’s smaller airport and the only one with an on-site train station, which can be reached by following the signs in the terminal. The cheapest and fastest way to get to the city centre is by taking the Ventura County Line Metrolink to Union Station. The journey will take approximately 30 minutes and cost USD 6.75. Taxis are more convenient, but pricier at USD 62. Taxis line up outside the terminal and will take 30-45 minutes to reach city centre.

Metro

The LA Metro Rail operates daily from about 05:00–00:00 with extended hours to 02:00 on Fridays and Saturdays (service usually operates every 5/10 minutes during peak hours, 10/15 minutes during midday and 20 minutes during evenings). There are 2 rapid transit subway lines (red and purple) and 4 Metro Rail lines (green, gold, blue and expo). You can purchase a fare ticket at any station’s ticket machine; a one-way trip costs USD 1.75.

Bus

The LA Metro buses have varying hours of operation that can be found online. Orange Metro Local buses offer frequent stops on major streets, red Metro Rapid buses offer fewer stops, blue Metro Express buses offer freeway service and silver and orange Metro Busways rapid transits connect major destinations. Stops are marked by Metro signs. One-way fare (USD 1.75) can be purchased at ticket machines in Metro Rail stations or bought with exact change on board.

Train

Metrolink is LA’s commuter rail system, which services the surrounding suburbs and nearby cities. Union Station in the city centre is Metrolink’s hub with 6 of the 7 lines serving it. The station is a historic building with plenty of signage. You can purchase a one-way TAP card for USD 1.75 or a day pass for USD 7 from a ticket machine in the station. AMTRAK also operates out of Union Station with 4 lines traversing the country; tickets can be purchased online.

Taxi

Taxis are convenient and readily available throughout the city, but they can be expensive. LA Yellow Cab is the most popular company, and the bright yellow cabs are hard to miss. You can hail a cab from any street, book a taxi online or download the Curb app to your smartphone to track and pay for your cab. Fares start at USD 2.85 and increase incrementally with time and distance travelled. Tips for exceptional service are appreciated.

Car

Renting a car in LA is a good idea if you plan to visit more than the city centre. It’s most convenient to pick up your rental from the airport. Traffic in the city can be horrendous, especially during rush hour (07:00–09:00 and 17:00–19:00). Parking is expensive throughout the city, with metered street parking being the cheapest option. But be mindful of where you park – you may be fined for parking in neighbourhoods where a resident permit is required.

Food in Los Angeles

Top restaurants in Los Angeles

Good value
Japanese
Orochan Ramen
Cheap 'n' tasty
Mexican
Tacos Tumbras a Tomas
Cheap 'n' tasty
American
Eggslut
  • 317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013
  • Open Monday-Sunday 08:00-16:00
  • www.eggslut.com
Good value
Japanese
Ebisu Japanese Tavern
  • 356 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, California 90012
  • Open Monday 12:00-01:30 and 11:30-14:30 and 17:30-01:30, Tuesday-Friday 11:30-14:30 and 17:30-01:30, Saturday 11:30-14:30 and 17:30-00:00, Sunday 11:30-14:30 and 17:30-22:00
  • ebisu-la.com
  • 001 2136131644
Good value
Japanese
Shabu Shabu House
High-end dining
Japanese
KuGaYa
  • 418 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • Open Tuesday-Saturday 18:00-22:30, Sunday 18:00-22:00
  • 001 2136171016
Good value
Mexican
El Paseo Inn
High-end dining
French
Perch
Cheap 'n' tasty
Cafe
Phillipe's
Good value
American
Cole's
  • 118 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
  • Open Sunday-Wednesday 11:00-22:00, Thursday 11:00-23:00, Friday 11:00-00:00, Saturday 11:00-01:00
  • 001 2136224090
Cheap 'n' tasty
Mexican
Chego
Good value
Japanese
Sugarfish by Sushi Nozawa
High-end dining
American
Faith & Flower
  • 705 W 9th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015
  • Open Monday-Thursday 11:30-14:30 and 17:00-22:00, Friday-Saturday 11:30-14:30 and 17:00-00:00, Sunday 10:30-14:30 and 17:00-22:00
  • www.faithandflowerla.com
  • 001 2132390642
Good value
American
Yard House Restaurant
High-end dining
American
Wolfgang Puck
  • 800 W Olympic Blvd #180, Los Angeles, CA 90015
  • Open Sunday-Monday 17:00-23:00, Tuesday-Thursday 11:30-23:00, Friday-Saturday 11:30-00:00
  • 001 2137489700
Good value
Japanese
Noshi Sushi
Good value
Brazilian
My Grill
  • 3832 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010
  • Open Monday-Thursday 11:30-14:00 and 17:30-21:00, Friday 11:30-14:00 and 17:30-21:30, Saturday 12:00-12:30and 16:30-21:00, Sunday 12:00-12:30and 16:00-20:00
  • m-grill.com
  • 001 2133892770
Cheap 'n' tasty
American
Lemonade
Cheap 'n' tasty
Italian
I Panini Di Ambra
Cheap 'n' tasty
Mexican
Cactus Mexican Food
High-end dining
Seafood
Providence
  • 5955 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
  • Open Monday-Thursday 18:00-22:00, Friday 12:00-14:00 and 18:00-22:00, Saturday 17:30-22:00, Sunday 17:30-21:00
  • www.providencela.com
  • 001 3234604170
Good value
American
Roscoe's House of Chicken & Waffles
Cheap 'n' tasty
Mexican
La Numero Uno Restaurant
Cheap 'n' tasty
American
Juicy Burger
  • 6340 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90028
  • Open Monday-Sunday 11:00-03:00
  • 001 3234658429
Cheap 'n' tasty
American
Stout
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