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Did a full day walking tour of LA. Our tour guide Damien was very knowledgeable and passionate about giving us all information in a clear and concise way. The tour was very well planned and organised and was not tiring.
We did the Hollywood tour and loved it! The tour was at a great pace and the guide (Vicky) was very knowledgeable and made the tour fun. Thank you
Booked the Wild Wild West To Now tour, our guide Terry was great! (He) was very knowledgeable and the tour brought us to some really cool DTLA areas we've never been to which was so much fun! Definitely worth the reasonable price. THANK YOU TERRY!
We had an Amazing Murder, Mystery & Ghost tour with Damien and Dante... thank you very much from Italian Girls... very interesting and funny… absolutely recommended!
My boyfriend and I took the Heart of Hollywood Tour and had a wonderful experience with Stuart. Really helpful for personal questions, funny, full of knowledge and a passion for Hollywood. Can't recommend this enough!
Angela took us inside some beautiful Broadway theaters, told us about LA history and was very enthusiastic about her city. The great thing was that she actually took us inside the buildings. Plus after the tour we went for the 35cent cocktails! Great tour and great guide!
I did the Historic Core Tour!!! It was an awesome walking tour and very informative even for this Angeleno!! I am downtown daily and drive past this area and never knew the history of various locations of the city!! This provides that!!
My son and I booked and completely enjoyed a private tour. We had a wonderful evening! Damien took us on a fun, informative tour. My son loves photography, and Damien did not disappoint, as he took over 300 photos!
Where to Stay in Los Angeles
There are lots of options – and that can be the confusing part of deciding where to stay in Los Angeles. With Airbnb becoming increasingly popular you can more or less stay anywhere in the L.A. area, but for most visitors there are 3 main options: near the beach (meaning Venice or Santa Monica), Hollywood or downtown. Each area has its own charm and benefits and it really depends on what you want to get out of your stay here, but we’ve given you a few things to think about below. All of our tours can be reached easily from any of these neighborhoods. With our recommendations know that there’s no financial incentive for us to list them. The places we recommend are simply establishments that we know, it’s not a comprehensive list.
NEAR THE BEACH
A lot of visitors like to stay near the beach when they come to L.A. – and why not? The beaches here are world famous and if you’re here from Spring to Fall, then they’re very nice places to hang out. Santa Monica is well connected to public transport, as it’s the terminus for the Metro Expo Line, so from here you can easily get to Hollywood, downtown or Universal Studios. The Getty Center is also above Santa Monica and therefore easy to get to. Venice is a little cheaper, generally, and a little more grungy (although less and less so as time passes), but nonetheless has a lot of charm.
Hotel Shangri-La – beautiful Art Deco hotel facing the ocean and moments from Santa Monica pier. Lovely rooftop bar.
The Kinney Hotel – exceptionally highly rated funky hotel, right by the beach in Venice.
Palihouse Santa Monica – want to hang out near the beach while you’re in Los Angeles. Why not stay in this very beautiful little place which is in a designated historical building?
Inn at Playa Del Rey – very highly rated B&B, well located near Marina del Rey.
Custom Hotel – the only boutique hotel that we know near the airport they’re well located, near El Segundo (and the beach) and Marina Del Rey. Perfect for that overnight stopover?
The Culver Hotel – lovely historic hotel in downtown Culver, easily accessible on the Metro Expo Line too.
A lot of tourists opt for Hollywood when considering where to stay in Los Angeles, mainly as almost every visitor to L.A. goes there. It’s like going to the Eiffel Tower when you go to Paris or the Houses of Parliament when you’re in London. Because it’s so popular there’s a wide range of hotels and hostels in the area. Another advantage of staying here is that Hollywood’s on the Metro Red Line and so it’s easy to get from here to Universal Studios, downtown, Santa Monica and even Long Beach and Pasadena.
Vibe Hotel – popular with more budget minded travelers and right on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Hollywood Celebrity Hotel – friendly hotel right behind the Hollywood and Highland Center.
Loews Hollywood Hotel – the place to stay when the Oscars come around every year – if you’re an Oscar nominee!
The Hollywood Roosevelt – if you’re going to stay in Hollywood why not stay in the first place ever to hold the Oscars? It’s right in the heart of Hollywood and it has a beautiful Spanish Mission design.
Mama Shelter – A new hotel in Hollywood. Very hip, very instagrammable and with an amazing rooftop bar where you can watch the sun go down on the Hollywood Sign.
Chateau Marmont – Technically in West Hollywood, this L.A. institution is still used by the stars occasionally. And how many hotels have had an entire movie set there?
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES
Ten years ago not many tourists stayed in downtown, in fact a lot of visitors probably didn’t realise we have a one. That’s all changed now. There are a huge number of things to do in DTLA and no list of options on where to stay in Los Angeles would be complete without it. The Lakers, Clippers, L.A. Kings and Dodgers are all based in or near downtown. There are also some fantastic museums: the Broad, MOCA, the Natural History Museum and the Science Center all call the area home. Finally it’s the best-preserved historic downtown of any major city in America and most of the metro and rail lines radiate from here, making it a very convenient jumping off point to see the city. Previously there weren’t many hotels in the area, but now there’s a wide choice and new establishments open almost monthly.
Jerry’s Motel – very well reviewed hotel just a few minutes walk from the heart of downtown.
The Freehand – newly opened boutique backpackers hotel in a historic building right in the center of downtown.
The Los Angeles Athletic Club – a lot of people don’t know that this historic club actually has a small hotel. Now you do!
The Omni Hotel – nice, modern hotel right next to Grand Avenue’s cultural offerings.
The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites – perfect place to stay if you are into 70’s style futurism.
Staying Level – for those who prefer to stay in an apartment, rather than a hotel, but still like a little luxury.
Hotel Figueroa – originally the downtown YWCA this is hotel has been a downtown institution for years, but in 2018 it reopened after a complete renovation.
The Millennium Biltmore – when it opened in 1923 this was the largest hotel west of the Mississippi and was the most glamorous hotel in Los Angeles, hosting the Oscars multiple times in the 1930’s and 40’s. Still a beautiful building.
The Standard Hotel (also in West Hollywood) – one of the first of the hip hotels to open in downtown. Still very cool and with a great rooftop bar.
Ace Hotel – occupying the historic United Artists building on Broadway they also renovated the beautiful 1600 seat theater inside. Check the website to see if there are any events, such as screenings or concerts, when you’re in L.A.
If you have any feedback on our recommendations on where to stay in Los Angeles, or if you have some recommendations of your own, please email us and let us know. We’ll be sure to take it into account.
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