If you could pick one song to be your soundtrack for your Los Angeles vacation, it would have to be Randy Newman’s “I Love LA.” To reach every place that he mentions, you are going to need to rent a car in Los Angeles, to be certain. And—this is the most important bit of advice we can give you—you have to make sure it is a convertible. How else are you going to “roll down the Imperial Highway?” Top down, Wayfarers on, Pacific breeze in your face…it’s the only way to see LA.
Get ready to say hello to the City of Angels, one of the most eclectic places on the planet. Immense and diverse, Los Angeles is an exotic city with a vibrant culture and a colorful history. From breathtaking natural beauty and balmy beaches to high-octane metropolitan sights, your options for exploring in and around the Los Angeles are endless. And thanks to Travelocity’s rental car deals in LA, you can experience every square mile. Before you know it, you’ll be singing the refrain, “Looks like another perfect day. I love LA!”
Where Are the Best Places to Stay in Los Angeles?
La-La-Land is a wealth of attractions and points of interest—from Long Beach to Northridge, and Pasadena to Santa Monica. You really can’t go wrong with any of the great neighborhoods around town, but two jump out as prime real estate for a wise wanderer with a rental car in Los Angeles: Hollywood and the area around LAX.
Not every adventure is going to take you on journeys of self-discovery and spiritual enlightenment. Sometimes you just want to see some movie stars and live it up like royalty. Wear your sunglasses when you check into this Hollywood hotel, and the paparazzi may confuse you with a celebrity:
Loews Hollywood Hotel – Talk about a great location for a hotel! The Loews is right around the corner from the famous TCL Chinese Theatre and a few short blocks from the road trip of your dreams down Sunset Boulevard. Back at the hotel, you’ll enjoy contemporary décor, modern amenities, and luxurious sundries. Gets some laps in at the rooftop pool, or enjoy a therapeutic session at the Exhale Spa. Your rental will be safe thanks to either valet or self-parking options.
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
There is so much more to Los Angeles than the glitz and glamour of the Hollywood Hills. Having a home base close to the airport puts you central to all of the area’s attractions—especially the theme parks and beach towns. We highly recommend the following hotels near the airport:
Fairfield Inn & Suites Los Angeles LAX/El Segundo – Affordable and convenient, the Fairfield is a solid option for a quick trip or an extended stay. Business travelers will appreciate the proximity to a host of corporate offices, and families can take advantage of the short drive to the area amusement parks. And with ample on-site parking, you can get in one last rollercoaster ride, taking comfort in the knowledge that you won’t have to search for a space when you get back to the hotel.
Hilton Los Angeles Airport – You don’t normally expect to find such upscale and modern accommodations so close to an airport. But at a quarter of a mile away from LAX—and with a stylish property and exquisite service—the Hilton checks off both of those boxes. Enjoy food and drinks from four on-site eateries—plus in-room dining. Additionally, if you have an electric rental, you can juice it back up at the hotel’s electric car charging station.
Four Points by Sheraton Los Angeles International Airport – Here’s a little secret: Not only is the Four Points right by LAX, it’s also a few miles from Hermosa and Manhattan Beaches. Put your rental car to good use with a drive up the iconic Pacific Coast Highway, just three blocks from the lobby door. When you get back, toss the keys to the valet or self-park. Next, enjoy a local craft beer as a part of the hotel’s Best Brews program and retire to your well-appointed guest room for a good night’s rest.
Cruising through Los Angeles
Be sure to secure your reservations for one of our LA rental cars prior to arrival. Los Angeles is a very large metropolitan area, and the city's tourist destinations tend to be scattered all over the place. From Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), which is 16 miles from downtown, you can take a shuttle or the Metro Rail to the airport’s car rental agencies, where you'll be able to find all types of Los Angeles rental cars, from luxury sedans to family vans.
After dropping off your things at one of the hotels in LA, it's time to start exploring. Visit major attractions like the Getty Center, do some daytime stargazing in Beverly Hills, or cruise over to the Santa Monica Pier. Drive north to Malibu Beach for surfing or south to Dana Point to shop and eat at the harbor. Want some green to go with the sand and steel? Cruise to Angeles National Forest for a leisurely stroll in the San Gabriel Mountains, or make the trek to the ruggedly breathtaking Los Padres National Forest. You could also create your own culinary tour where you sample Mexican fusion from a taco truck, a burger in Hollywood, barbecue in Koreatown, or Cantonese fare in Chinatown.
Chasing Dreams in Los Angeles
You can save up to $537 by bundling hotels and flights to Los Angeles on Travelocity. Start planning your trip to the West Coast early by booking affordable lodging, airfare, and cheap car rentals in Los Angeles ahead of time with Travelocity. You can even use our easy-to-use app for mobile-exclusive deals. You’ll save time and money, both of which will be better spent living it up in the City of Angels.