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Planning an L.A. vacation? The city is exciting and magnetic, but it can definitely be chaotic. We highly recommend escaping to the beach for a night or two to relax and enjoy the ocean before you head home. And while there are plenty of beaches in the Los Angeles area, you won’t find many with relaxing hotels that are within 30 minutes of the LAX airport.

While the hotels on this list all qualify, keep in mind that traffic in Los Angeles County is some of the worst in the country. These venues are all within 30 minutes of the airport on an average day during times of (slightly) lighter traffic, but rush hour and major events will certainly add some time to the commute.

Inn At Venice Beach


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This Bohemian-style hotel is located near the Venice Beach Boardwalk, and it’s full of charming character. As if being near the beach isn’t relaxing enough, the hotel is currently offering a package with discounted deep tissue massages for two at Chakra Holistic Health and Fitness Spa.

Marina Del Rey Hotel


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Marina del Rey is a peaceful little oasis is Los Angeles County, and this hotel offers a soothing respite from the city. And with the onsite heated infinity pool and full service bar and restaurant, you won’t even have to leave the grounds to have a great getaway.

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel


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Looking for some lavish luxury? The Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel has every amenity you could imagine, from dining and drinks to a beautiful spa. This hotel is the perfect place to end a hectic vacay.

Inn at Playa del Rey


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This beautiful bed and breakfast has been the recipient of numerous travel awards. The location is just a short drive from the airport, but also close to the beach and in a quiet neighborhood. Guests enjoy daily complimentary California wine and hors d’oeuvres  as they watch the sailboats return to Marina del Rey at sunset.

The Ambrose


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The Ambrose is an eco-chic boutique Santa Monica hotel that’s a little off the beaten path from the beach, but still close enough to enjoy all it has to offer. The rooms strike the perfect balance between intimacy and contemporary style.

Jamaica Bay Inn


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Located right on Mother’s Beach, this waterfront hotel is simply stunning. Enjoy a meal at the beachside restaurant, workout in the fitness center or relax by the heated pool.

The Georgian


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This old school Santa Monica hotel has been fully renovated, but it still has a delightful vintage vibe. You’ll be steps from the beach while enjoying life Old Hollywood style.