LA: The Ultimate Travel Guide

January 23, 2019

When Coachella festival ended we drove back through the desert to spend a few days in LA. I have visited a few times before and I love it more every time I go. There is something so special about being in a city full of great places to eat, drink and explore and yet being so close to the beach. LA has it all.

Where to stay:

We stayed at the Mondrian Los Angeles, one of my all-time favourite hotels. We were upgraded to a Balcony Suite, one word, wow! Our room was so spacious and luxurious, the balcony overlooked the pool and downtown Los Angeles in the distance. My favourite part of the hotel is the pool (it’s very Instagrammable). It’s such a great place to hang out with friends, drink cocktails by day and eat dinner overlooking the panoramic sunset views of West Hollywood by night. I love staying at the Mondrian, it is such a special place; the rooms are beautiful, the views are spectacular and the location is perfect. This was my second stay at the hotel and it was as amazing as I had remembered. I already can’t wait to return!

The Mondrian is positioned on Sunset Boulevard, in the heart of West Hollywood (or We-Ho as the locals like to call it). It’s central to most of the popular destinations in the area. When visiting LA, be prepared to drive to most places as the area is so vast and spread out, it’s unlike most other cities in this way. We mostly used Uber to get around as it is so convenient out there, it never took longer than a few minutes to arrive and the drivers are super friendly. The Mondrian LA is about a 30 minute drive to Santa Monica, 45 minutes to Malibu and 10 minutes to Hollywood or Beverly Hills. However, the traffic in LA is infamous, so it could take a lot longer especially if you have to travel on the freeway (avoid travelling at peak times if you can).

Mondrian LA pool

Mondrian LA pool

       

Laguna Beach:

On day one in LA, we drove down to Laguna Beach. This had been a destination on my bucket list for so many years (thanks to MTV and Lauren Conrad). Laguna Beach was simply beautiful. There were cobbled streets that led to ice cream parlours and jewellery boutiques, beachside restaurants and beautiful homes immersed in the hills. It was a dream.

We stumbled across the Laguna Village artist community (a collection of beachside galleries) and nestled in between the boutiques was a stunning oceanfront restaurant and bar, The Cliff. This is where we spent the afternoon. We sat in the sun drinking sangria and eating tacos as we watched the surfers down below. I would love to go back to Laguna Beach and stay there for a while, it totally captured the quintessential Californian lifestyle. If you are planning to visit LA, I would definitely recommend renting a car for the day to drive down the West Coast and explore the beautiful coastal cities.

     

To get the most out of your trip I definitely recommend having a plan of what you want to see, do and visit while you’re there. To help with your itinerary I have listed some of my all-time favourite places.

Places to eat in LA:

     

Day trips:

        

Sunset Ranch

LA is one of my favourite places in the world, whether you have a few days or a couple weeks, there is so much to see and explore! I hope this post can help you plan your trip to LA LA Land.

Link to our LA travel video below.

Check out what we did in the next part of our trip in Mexico here.

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