Los Angeles City Guide

Where to eat, sleep, visit, shop, getting there and getting around

Los Angeles City Guide

Where to eat, sleep, visit, shop, getting there and getting around

 

TOURIST BOARDS:

The Los Angeles Convention & Visitors Bureau
Los Angeles Address
333 South Hope Street, 18th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071
T: +1 213 624 7300
F: +1 213 624 9746
W: www.discoverlosangeles.com

 

AIRLINES:

United Airlines
W: www.united.com

Flies to Los Angeles from (worldwide destinations) – daily flights from London Heathrow to LAX, one direct.

 

TOURS:

Esotouric
T: +1 323 223 2767
W: www.esotouric.com
Contact: Richard Schave

They’re not your ordinary tour bus company. Their routes veer off into fascinating, neglected neighbourhoods. Expert guides are passionate, brainy and hilarious. Tour themes are provocative and complex, but never dry, mixing crime and social history, rock and roll andarchitecture, literature and film, fine art and urban studies into a simmering stew of original research and startling observations.

Even snack stops are unique: a Chinese dumpling picnic in a garden of concrete sea monsters, homemade mint lemonade and cookies at the site of the first UFO sighting in the Southland, or Black Dahlia and Nicotine flavoured gelato at Scoops in East Hollywood.

When you climb aboard for an Esotouric bus adventure, you’re guaranteed an intelligent, unpredictable ride into the secret heart of the city. Tours are recommended for natives, tourists and anyone who likes to dig a little deeper and discover the world beyond the everyday.

Las Angelitas del Pueblo: Docents of El Pueblo de Los Angeles
Visitor’s Center in the Sepulveda House
622 N. Main Street
Los Angeles
CA 90012.
W: www.lasangelitas.org

Free historic walking one-hour tours of the area where Los Angeles was founded, every Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon. Tours are available on Mondays, from January 2 through June 30 and, on Mondays, upon request and availability of docents from July 1 through December 30. Groups of 10 or more should reserve by calling El Pueblo’s Visitor Center at (213) 485-8437 or by completing the form on the website.

The free historic walking tours covers the 4th and 5th grade LAUSD curriculum requirements regarding early California history and the missions. It is an ideal way for not only school children to spend a morning, but for people of all ages in order to learn about our great city’s beginnings and to view the historic buildings of El Pueblo’s past.

Paramount Studios Tour
5555 Melrose Ave
Hollywood
CA
T: +1 323 956 1777
W: www.paramount.com/paramount.php

LA Conservancy Walking Tours
523 W Sixth Street
Suite 826
Los Angeles
CA 9+14
T: +1 213 263 2489
F: +1 213 623 3909
W: http://lac.laconservancy.org

The Los Angeles Conservancy, the largest membership-based local historic preservation organisation in the country, is dedicated to the recognition, preservation, and revitalisation of the architectural and cultural heritage of greater Los Angeles.

Established in 1978, the Conservancy grew out of the community-based effort to prevent demolition of the Los Angeles Central Library. The organization has grown to a membership of more than 8,000 households, including more than 400 volunteers. With a two-fold mission of advocacy and education, the Conservancy works to preserve existing architectural resources by developing preservation strategies and by raising public awareness of the value of those resources through tours, lectures, publications and major programmes such as Last Remaining Seats.

Off ‘N Running Tours
T: 
310-246-1418
E:offnrun@westworld.com
W: www.offnrunningtours.com

Join Off ‘N Running Tours, founded in 1994, for the most unusual and enjoyable tours in Los Angeles! More than a sightseeing tour, more than a workout, they take you to some of the most interesting, scenic places L.A. has to offer. Their runs and fitness walks are designed to be fun, stimulating workouts for the mind and body. Create a wonderful memory for yourself or your group – they specialise in events and tours for conventions, meetings, corporate functions, and small groups. Get out of the car and on the street, and let Off ‘N Running Tours show you the way!

“Running from the Paparazzi” invites you to experience an exciting 4-mile run fromWilshire Boulevard to glamorous Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, through Hollywood and past eclectic shops on Robertson Boulevard. Grace the streets of Beverly Hills in record time, doing some quick window-shopping and Celeb watching, while avoiding the forever-flashing paparazzi! This popular tour is becoming famous, so book your time and date. Don’t be left out of the headlines!

The cost for this 4-mile adventure is $60 per person, which includes an exclusively designedRunning from the Paparazzi T-Shirt, bottled water, fresh fruit, and ends with a rewarding frosted cupcake! Only a celebrity would do that!

 

ACCOMMODATION:

WHERE TO STAY – LOS ANGELES (DOWNTOWN)

Expensive

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles
506 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles
CA 90071-2607
T: +1 213 624 1011
F: +1 213 612 1545
W: www.millenniumhotels.com

Moderate

O HOTEL (featured in Globe Trekker Los Angeles)
819 South Flower Street
Los Angeles
CA 9+17
T: +1 213 623 9904
F: +1 213 623 8010
W: www.ohotelgroup.com

The historic 1920’s hotel re-opened its doors to a refreshing launch in 2007. The O Hotel is a serene haven for the business traveller and urbanite and out-of-towner. It offers 68 deluxe rooms with upgraded comforts, and gracious and efficient service expected of well-tended boutique establishments.

Located in the heart of the city’s Financial District and part of the ongoing revitalisation of downtown Los Angeles, O Hotel is two blocks from the LA Live/Nokia Center, the sports arenaStaples Center and the Los Angeles Convention Center. The O Hotel is 17 miles from Los Angeles International Airport and 15 miles from the Burbank Airport.

The Pilot Crew said: “A warm and welcoming boutique hotel with lovely and friendly staff. The rooms are newly decorated and the queen-sized beds are probably the most comfortable in LA. The location is perfect if you are planning to explore any part of the city, and there are numerous bars, restaurants and snack bars within walking distance. There is a car park next door, but if you choose to get around by public transport, then there is a bus stop outside the door and metro Station 5 minutes walk away.”

WHERE TO STAY – HOLLYWOOD

Expensive

The Roosevelt
7000 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood
CA 90028
T: +1 323 466 7000
F: +1 323 462 8056
W: www.hollywoodroosevelt.com

Moderate

The Standard
8300 Sunset Boulevard
Hollywood
CA 90069
T: +1 323 650 9090
F: +1 323 650 2820
W: www.standardhotel.com

Cheap

The Orbit Hotel & Hostel
7950 Melrose Avenue
West Hollywood
CA 90046
T: +1 323 655 1510
F: +1 655 9510
W: www.orbithotel.com

WHERE TO STAY – BEVERLEY HILLS:

Expensive

The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows
9641 Sunset Boulevard
Beverly Hills
CA 90210
T: +1 310 276 2251
F: +1 310 887 2887
W: www.thebeverlyhillshotel.com

The Four Seasons
300 South Doheny Drive
Beverly Hills
CA 90048
T: +1 310 273 2222
F: +1 310 859 3824
W: www.fourseasons.com/losangeles

Hotel Bel Air
701 Stone Canyon Road
Beverly Hills
CA 90077
T: +1 310 472 1211
W: www.hotelbelair.com

Moderate

Beverly Pavilion
9362 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills
CA 90212
T: +1 800 441 5050
W: www.beverlypavilion.com

WHERE TO STAY – SIMI HILLS (for The Reagan Library)

Moderate

Best Western Posada Royale Hotel & Suites
1775 Madera Road
Simi Valley
CA 93065
T: +1 805 584 6300
F: +1 805 306 0226
W: www.posadaroyale.com

WHERE TO STAY – SANTA MONICA

Expensive

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
1700 Ocean Avenue
Santa Monica
CA 90401
T: +1 866 210 9156
W: www.santamonicaloewshotel.com

WHERE TO STAY – VENICE BEACH

Moderate

Venice on the Beach Hotel
2819 Ocean Front Walk
Venice
CA 90291
T: +1 (310) 429 0234
W: www.veniceonthebeachhotel.com
Cheap

Venice Beach Cotel (that’s right…. ‘Cotel’, not Hotel)
25 Windward Avenue
Venice, California 90291
T: +1 310 399 7649
F: +1 310 399 1930
T: www.venicebeachcotel.com

 

EATING & DRINKING:

HOLLYWOOD

Musso & Frank Grill

6667 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood
CA 90028
T: +1 323 467 7788

The Pilot Crew said: “An absolute must. If you are in Hollywood, plan to stay for dinner and go to the legendary Musso’s. It’s the oldest restaurant in town (opened in 1919) and it’s steeped in history. Favoured nightspot of the start, you may see some at the next table to you, but it’s the food, the service and the Martinis you go for. And the interior, which has been lovingly preserved, is sumptuous. Enjoy!”

DOWNTOWN

Colori Kitchen
429 W 8th Street
Los Angeles
T: +1 212 622 5950
F: +1 213 623 1530

The Pilot Crew said: “A gem of a restaurant that you really need to know about. It’s open Monday to Thursday 11am-3pm and Thursday to Saturday 6-10pm. Authentic Italian food, beautifully served with friendly and quirky staff.”

The Standard
550 South Flower Street
Los Angeles
T: +1 213 892 8080
F: +1 213 892 8686
W: www.standardhotel.com

The Pilot Crew said: “Go for brunch at the downstairs café. Chic and cool though not as cheap as when it first open. If the weather is good, take a table outside and order a pot of Sencha Green Tea and a bowl the crunchy muesli and summer fruits. The staff of aspiring actors are far too attractive to order anything unhealthy.”

The Daily Grill
612 South Flower Street
Los Angeles
CA 9+17
T: +1 213 622 4500
F: +1 213 629 2974
W: http://dailygrill.zgraph.net

The Pilot Crew said: “A good bet for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Great food, great service and even better cocktails. Get there after 9pm for their Happy Hour Cocktail Specials and try the Marked Manhattan (Maker’s Mark & Sweet Vermouth).”

BEVERLEY HILLS 

Milk 
7290 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles
CA 90036
T: +1 323 939 6455

Closed on Monday
Sunday, Tuesday – Thursday: 7:00 am – 10:00 pm
Friday – Saturday: 7:00 am – 11:00 pm

The Pilot Crew said: “Whatever you like, you’ll find something at Milk. A favourite of Beverly Hills’ rich and famous, this sandwich bar/coffee shop/ice cream parlour has something yummy for you. Actually, none of those descriptions does Milk justice. You go, and you decide! Milk also offers breakfast and a nice lunch menu, with the typical fare of sandwiches, salads, and soups. There are handmade treats including the pièce de résistance, the home-made ice cream. The space is attractive and almost industrial, while still managing to hold a little bit of the old fashioned ice cream parlour feeling. There is seating indoors and out.”

Silver Lake
Gingergrass
2396 Glendale Boulevard
Silver Lake, CA 90039
T: +1 323 644 1600
F: +1 323 644 1625
W: www.gingergrass.com

The Pilot Crew said: It’s easy to see why this small Vietnamese restaurant is packed out every night. Sumptuous food, great service, excellent atmosphere and unbelievably cheap prices. Even if you are planning to head up to Silver Lake, it’s worth coming here for dinner. Don’t take our word for it, the hip young things in Silver Lake are here every week.

SHOPPING:

See: Bazaar Los Angeles – Shopping Guide

 

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