Welcome to LA! You are finally going to this glitzy and modern Southern California city that you’ve seen so many times on TV and in the movies. Hollywood, Santa Monica Pier, Manhattan Beach, and Griffith Park are all places you can’t wait to visit. But first, you need to find yourself somewhere to stay.
If this is your first visit to Los Angeles, you must book somewhere fabulous with easy access to the sights and entertainment you will be discovering. LA has an excellent transportation system and you can easily rent a car, but it is a huge city (the second biggest in the USA) so getting from A to B can take time. It will be perfect if your accommodation is in an area you plan to spend a lot of time in.
Here is a handy guide on LA accommodation to get you started.
Hollywood is a great place for first-timers to LA. There are so many tourist attractions like the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the iconic Hollywood sign, Universal Studios Hollywood and Griffith Park. There are also awesome restaurants, bars and shopping and nightlife. You might even spot an A-list celebrity as you explore the glamorous streets of Hollywood.
The swank neighborhood of Beverly Hills is home to many rich and famous people who love shopping on Rodeo Drive. After your shopping spree, you can head to the spacious Beverly Gardens Park with pretty fountains and quaint rose gardens.
You will find many wonderful accommodation options in Beverly Hills, and it makes a great base for sighting. You are never far from beaches, mountains and interesting areas. Public transportation is easy to find.
Downtown Los Angeles
Don’t miss downtown LA that has Little Tokyo, the arts district and bustling Chinatown. You also have The Broad Museum, Union Station, Grand Central Market and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. It’s a vibrant area with heaps to see and do.
We have to give special mention to the Freehand Hotel in the former Commercial Exchange. The funky hotel is so retro and cool with decor that is unique and colorful. The rooftop swimming pool, surrounded by bright pink sun loungers and umbrellas, makes a refreshing tropical paradise in the inner city.
Venice Beach is a very hip and happening area of LA. For beach lovers who love a dash of glam, Venice Beach will be your fancy sandy paradise. There are lots of luxury boutique-style accommodation options and small hotels. From there you can easily hit the beach, stroll along the canals and people watch at the boardwalk and Venice Skate Park. Drop by a hip bar and enjoy some cocktails as the sun goes down, then head out for dinner and a night on the town.
We fell in love with The Kinney Venice Beach that is decorated in fresh, fun colors that are chic and cool. The boutique hotel sets the scene for a fun time with an open-air courtyard featuring a fire pit, deck chairs, jacuzzi and ping pong tables. There is a funky bar and modern spa so you could be forgiven for staying in for the whole day. We love funky accommodation options that stand out as being unique and different.
Santa Monica is a beautiful coastal city with Palisades Park overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Explore the playground of Santa Monica Pier with a fun amusement park and lots of tourist attractions like the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. In the downtown area, there are lots of great places to eat, art galleries, shops and entertainment options. You will never get bored in Santa Monica and it makes a great base if you love the beach and city life.
Malibu has sun, surf and the gorgeous Point Dume with scenic walking trails and sand dunes. When you are not enjoying the stunning natural surroundings, you have plenty of high-quality shopping and delicious eateries. The Shoppes at Westlake Village and The Oaks Shopping Center are great places for a shopping spree Malibu-style.
As you can tell, every neighborhood in LA has its attractions and appeal. You really will have a fantastic time wherever you go. Modern facilities, great transportation, attractions geared towards tourism and great food and drink are all part of the package when you visit LA.
We hope this info helps you find the right place to rest your head in the City of Angels. You can be sure of a fantastic vacation in the exciting city of LA!
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