City Guide Los Angeles, USA

Visiting Los Angeles

Renowned the world over, compliments of the role it has played in the movie making industry, your visit to Los Angeles will show you that it is a city with a great deal more to offer than Universal Studios and the famous Hollywood sign.

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Los Angeles Podcasts

Los Angeles - Ask the locals

Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty takes to the streets of the City of Angels to ask the locals where they like to eat, drink and hang out.

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Walking down Hollywood Boulevard

Colm takes a stroll down LA's famous Hollywood Boulevard

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Los Angeles City Reviews

  • 40%


    Los Angeles - A dying city

    Los Angeles felt like it was dying. Hollywood was less impressive than expected (I wasn't expecting much to begin with), it was tacky, touristy (which you can sort of expect) but just lacks any charm or personality. It felt like the worse that America had to offer, seen as such a cash cow - not a point of pride. The nicest area of LA to stay in would be Santa Monica. It is cleaner and has a better atmosphere. Still, I'd advice heading to San Diego and San Francisco if you have the time.

    Insider Tip:Minimize your time here, do what you have planned but don't lull around.

  • 30%



    Los Angeles is dissapointing if you expect a glamorous city. Hollywood is really run down. If you are plannning a west coast trip, don't spent more than a day there. The walk of fame is just boring and don't do a sightseeing tour. There is nothing to see.

    Insider Tip:Warner bros. studio tour was great, but do it on a weekend. Otherwise they might be filming at all the interesting sets. The Griffith observatory is really nice to. The tickets for the planetarium are just 5$. Really affordable.

  • 70%


    Best Location - Hollywood Boulevard

    Opposite train station, well connected. On the Boulevard. Location is golden. Services are not. Wifi is POOR.

    Insider Tip:Be clear about check and checkout times. Don't be second late, or they'll charge extra. Breakfast is decent. Meet most travelers in the Computer and Dining Area.

  • 80%


    A surprising gem

    I really enjoyed this city. The city centre itself looked a bit run down and scary, as most US cities do. However, the scenery was absolutely stunning. You should rent a car and get out into the hills...and keep on driving til you get to the desert. Not often you find somewhere where you can experience lush hills and trees, beach, and desert! Hollywood is not as great as it sounds, and relies too much on its past. "This is where such and such used to drink" is a usual phrase.

    Insider Tip:Just avoid the city centre and head to the beach and mountains. Public transport is awful so rent a car - they're cheap.

  • 90%


    Los Angeles, USA

    It's one of my fav cities in the US. A little bit difficult to get around but there's lots of culture and it's fun. Lots of great outlet shopping malls will blow your mind away.

    Insider Tip:Rent a car for a day or two with friends! You'll see more

USA: Itinerary

Glitz, glamour and stars galore – you can find it all in the City of Angles. Walk down Rodeo Drive or Hollywood Boulevard and you might be lucky enough to bump into one of your idols! Set aside a few days to explore the Californian capital and you may also be lucky enough to unveil a whole lot more.

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