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Most popular areas in Los Angeles for 5-star hotels

Downtown Los Angeles is low on 5-star hotels, but that’s fine – there are plenty of top-end pads elsewhere in this sun-soaked swathe of California. Look to the luxurious streets of Beverly Hills, a neighborhood whose accommodation reflects the deluxe lifestyle of those who reside and shop there. Another good bet for 5-star hotels is West Hollywood, famous for its LGBT culture and the raucous nightlife of the billboard-crammed Sunset Strip, one of the most famous thoroughfares in the US.

Top 5-star hotels in Los Angeles

Mondrian Los Angeles oozes luxury from every angle. Step through the mahogany doors to the grand lobby, before making your way to guestrooms dotted with custom-made furniture and Surrealist decor. Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza is a haven of luxury in the center of Los Angeles, boasting a heated outdoor pool and indulgent spa services. Terranea – LA’s Oceanfront Resort lets you bed down on a peninsula surrounded by the Pacific Ocean. Choose a guestroom or bungalow, then head out to watch dolphins or play a round on the resort’s golf course.

Where to find the best restaurants in Los Angeles

Downtown Los Angeles has grown into a real foodie magnet in recent years. Here, you can see up-and-coming chefs showing off their skills in fine dining restaurants whose dishes can include gleamingly fresh sea urchin and seared foie gras with quince sauce. Over in Beverly Hills you’ll find old-school glamor in steakhouses serving dry-aged beef, while Santa Monica is gaining a reputation for great eating destinations – seafood lovers will relish lobster on toast, or whole roast turbot, served in the local fish restaurants.

The most popular things to do in Los Angeles

Universal Studios Hollywood lets mere mortals emulate A-listers and plunge into the world of the movies. Immersive thrill rides bring blockbusters to life, and you can even go on genuine studio tours to see the soundstages and backlots for yourself. The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center isn’t just notable for its collection of masterpieces by bluechip artists. Situated on a hilltop, this strikingly Modernist building also offers panoramic views, and a sumptuous Central Garden – complete with a natural ravine – to wander. You can’t spend time in LA without going on a pilgrimage to Hollywood, and anyone with a fascination for showbiz will want to follow the stars on the Walk of Fame, and check out the lavish, pagoda-like façade of Grauman's Chinese Theatre. Then, head over to the Staples Center to watch a Los Angeles Lakers game.

Best ways to get around Los Angeles

If you want to make the most of your stay in Los Angeles, it’s well worth renting your own car. This is a part of the country built for driving through, and it really will make life a lot easier – despite the traffic. Of course, there’s also an expansive public transport network, including buses, overground trains, and a subway service, too. And if you want to grab a car without paying over the odds for a cab, make use of an Uber driver while in Los Angeles.

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