Frequently Asked Questions
You may find your question here 😃
How do I get from the airport to my hotel? 🗺️
Your best option is taking a ride with Uber or Lyft or rent a car at the airport. There are a number of shuttles and (public) busses like Supershuttle, Flyaway Bus, Santa Monica Big Blue Bus, etc. Click on these links for more info:
Any restaurant recommendations? 🍔
Which beach should I go to? 🏖️
A trip to Los Angeles is not complete without spending at least a few hours on one of our incredible beaches. Any beach is fine and the sunsets over the Pacific Ocean are stunning, regardless of where you are. Summer mornings and evenings can be foggy and chilly though. These are my favorite beaches:
- Manhattan Beach is very laid-back. I love The Strand, a bike and walk path that winds along the oceanfront between modern mansions and wide stretches of sand lined with volleyball courts. You can view the surfers from the Pier which also features an aquarium. Manhattan is popular with families, surfers, and volleyball players, so in the summertime, it tends to be crowded. Go early in the morning.
- Venice Beach is fun, artsy and good for people watching. There is a lively oceanfront skate park and Muscle Beach is an outdoor gym where you can watch muscles of all kinds. Take a walk on the free-spirited and colorful Boardwalk, but keep in mind that it goes to sleep after dark. Summer weekday afternoons are the best time to visit this beach.
- El Matador Beach in Malibu has a spectacular shoreline and is popular with photographers. It’s one of the most romantic beaches but you won’t have it to yourself though. There are fewer people on the north side of the beach, just keep walking north. At low tide, you can walk through the arches of the giant rock formation on the beach. This beach is only accessible via stairs. Sunsets are particularly spectacular in winter.
Where can I see celebrities? 😎
Celebrities are everywhere in L.A. I ran into Sean Penn, Lionel Ritchie and Victoria Beckham in Beverly Hills and West-Hollywood.
The places where we frequently spot celebrities are Geoffrey’s in Malibu, Il Piccolino en Chateau Marmont in West-Hollywood, The Ivy on Robertson Blvd, Fred Segal on Melrose, The Beverly Hills Hotel, Hotel Bel-Air, The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and don’t forget to keep your eyes open when you arrive at LAX airport.
TLC Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard is the place where many red carpet events take place and where you have a chance of catching a glimpse of the film stars. But you’ll also have to share your space with the paparazzi.
Where should I stay?🛏️
Depending on your budget and style, we like:
- The NoMad https://www.thenomadhotel.com/los-angeles gclid=CjwKCAiAyMHhBRBIEiwAkGN6fCJ2JiGXBu4V-GY5hVVwimM1cqVBQ56uhPvdsrCVH-Jb6-1YggavsxoC4woQAvD_BwE
- Hotel Figueroa https://www.hotelfigueroa.com/
- Hotel Covell, https://www.hotelcovell.com/hotel-covell
- Sixty Beverly Hills https://www.sixtyhotels.com/beverly-hills/?utm_source=local-listings&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=yext-beverly-hills
- Mr. C Beverly Hills https://mrcbeverlyhills.com/?chebs=gl-mrcbh
- The Ambrose https://www.ambrosehotel.com/
What should be on my to-do list (besides a walk with This Way to L.A.)? 🌴
- Griffith Observatory (free) is located in Griffith Park. It offers a planetarium, public telescopes, exhibits and the best views on the city.
- The Getty Center (free), one of the world’s largest arts organizations.
- Take a studio tour at Warner Brothers, Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures…
- Go beyond the Walk of Fame and explore one or more hiking trails. It may come as a surprise but Los Angeles offers plenty of green space, canyons, meadows, deserts, wild rivers, and towering peaks. L.A. County also features the world’s largest urban parkland: the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. I recommend Casey Schreiner‘s book Day Hiking Los Angeles (Mountaineers Books).
- Catch a concert at the iconic Hollywood Bowl or at the Rose Bowl.
- Go on a whale watching cruise in Long Beach or San Pedro.
- Take a ride on one of L.A’s quintessential California scenic drives which are famous from the movies and TV commercials: The Pacific Coast Highway Drive, Palos Verdes Drive, Mulholland Drive, Angeles Crest Scenic Byway, Sunset Strip.
- The Huntington Botanical Gardens and Library. The property covers 207 acres, features 16 stunning themed gardens and has impressive art collections.
- Spend a day chilling or ziplining on Catalina Island.
- Spend an afternoon on the beach and stay for the sunset. 🌅
Where can I shop in Los Angeles? 🛍️
- In downtown: apart from the modern shopping malls FIGat7th, The Bloc and Row DTLA, you can find some hidden gems in the Fashion, Jewelry, Toys and Arts Districts.
- Melrose Avenue is known for its vintage shops and high-end brands.
- Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice is for the boho shoppers.
- On Santa Monica’s famous Third Street Promenade you’ll find many chain stores and the Santa Monica Place Mall which offers dozens of stores plus rooftop dining options with views of the ocean.
- Westfield Century City is my favorite shopping mall. It has some of the best upscale and mid-range shopping on the west side of Los Angeles.
- Adjacent to the world famous and very expensive Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills you’ll find many shopping opportunities on Beverly Drive, Canon Drive, Roxbury drive… Along Wilshire Boulevard are Barney’s, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue.
- The Grove is a glossy open-air shopping mall. Convenient if you want to combine it with a visit of the Original Farmers Market, LACMA, La Brea Tar Pits and Petersen Automotive Museum.
- I also like to shop at the beautiful open-air mall The Americana at Brand in Glendale which offers a range of stylish boutiques, popular global brands, and many dining options.
- Another favorite is the charming and eclectic old town area of Pasadena.