It’s easy to forget that Los Angeles is a beach city. After all, it’s got Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and the attractions in downtown LA. But the City of Angels is surrounded by 70 miles of coastline that is speckled with oceanview accommodations. These properties all combine excellent design with near-perfect locations.
Venice on the Beach Hotel
Staying at Venice on the Beach Hotel means you’ll have the excitement of Venice Beach and all it has to offer at your doorstep. The property is located right on the sand next to the Venice Pier, and you can catch the sunset from the amazing rooftop terrace. The rooms have been recently renovated and are comfortable and clean, and the hotel provides beach towels to all of its guests. This isn’t a luxury hotel, but it’s your best bet for reasonable rates.
To book: (310) 429-0234
Malibu Beach Inn
The Malibu Beach Inn is nestled along the strip of coastline called Billionaire’s Beach. It’s just a short drive from Beverly Hills and Santa Monica, but you’ll feel like you’re in a different world. Enjoy the serene sounds of the ocean from your room, book a treatment at the onsite spa and enjoy a meal at the Carbon Beach Club Restaurant, which serves Pacific Coast classics with a Mediterranean twist.
To book: (310) 651-7777
Hotel Casa Del Mar
Fresh from a recent renovation, Santa Monica’s Hotel Casa del Mar offers luxury beachfront accommodations near the Santa Monica Pier. Their onsite fitness center and spa will leave you feeling energized and pampered, and they have two options for onsite dining and drinks. This is a sophisticated hotel, so plan to splurge when you stay here… it’s worth it.
To book: (310) 581-5533
Shutters on the Beach
Also worth mentioning is Hotel Casa del Mar’s sister property (and next door neighbor), Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica. Shutters is truly a destination property, featuring luxurious guest rooms, three onsite restaurants and bars, wine tasting, a fitness center and the decadent One Spa.
To book: (310) 458-0030
You’ll find the trendy Shade Hotel on Manhattan Beach, which sets a new standard for modern luxury. Even their “standard” guest rooms have California king-sized Tempur-Pedic beds, balconies and top of the line bath products. The Terrace Lounge and their rooftop lounge, the Skydeck, offer plenty of things to sip and nibble on, and you can also get 24 hour room service. Shade is a popular wedding venue, and it’s easy to see why.
To book: (310) 546-4995
Live like a local at Hotel Erwin, Venice Beach’s only true beachfront hotel. You’ll be steps away from the Pacific whether you choose a city view room or an ocean view suite. This hotel is perfect for the traveler who enjoys a party but also loves to sleep in. Some of their additional amenities (they’ve got plenty of free ones) include in-room mimosa bars or milk and cookies being delivered to your door. Their onsite rooftop lounge, High, is a favorite spot for locals as well as hotel guests.
To book: (310) 452-1111
The Hotel Hermosa is a laid back gem near Manhattan Beach. They have a year round heated pool and spa, a mini yoga studio and beach cruisers available for rent. But what really sets this hotel apart from the others is “The Yard,” a spacious oceanview sundeck with fire pits, billiards and plenty of places to sit back and relax. Their recently renovated guest rooms and suites deliver both comfort and style.
To book: (310) 318-6000
Honorable mention goes to the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel (top photo).