Traditional bed and breakfasts may be hard to come by in big cities like Los Angeles, but there are still a few charming family-run accommodations that are keeping the B&B culture alive. From a relaxing country-style estate to a zero-waste ecolodge or beachfront surf house, these B&Bs are the perfect home base from which to explore all the ins and outs of Los Angeles.
Topanga Canyon Inn Bed and Breakfast
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Enjoy a nature-filled retreat close to the city at the Topanga Canyon Inn Bed and Breakfast | Courtesy of Topanga Canyon Inn Bed and Breakfast/Hotels.com
Though located just over the hill from LA’s busy streets, Topanga Canyon Inn Bed and Breakfast seems like it’s a world away. The rural estate is set within the Santa Monica Mountains surrounded by miles of hiking trails, vineyards and Malibu’s renowned beaches and surf spots. Casa Blanca and Casa Rosa, the two rustic Mediterranean-style buildings, look out over the mountainous Southern California landscape filled with wildlife. There are a total of eight spacious rooms which are elegantly styled with antique furniture and nature photography. Guests can also enjoy all the common spaces including a deck and full kitchen. Long-time residents of the area, the Roché family built the inn in 1987 and continue to host visitors in need of a countryside escape.
This unique bohemian sanctuary in the upscale neighborhood of Bel Air will help you realign your chakras and de-stress after touring the city. Unwind with natural healing crystals, aromatherapy, activated water, eco-friendly paper products, salt lamps, and a daily biodynamic breakfast. Each of the four rooms are extremely spacious and feature unique handmade decor from around the world, adding flair to the space’s luxury bohemian ambiance. Environmentally conscious visitors will appreciate the zero-waste policy, fair-trade vegan cuisine, and organic cleaning products. The Bel Air Treehouse also hosts special events and activities such as sacred numerology, sound baths, and breath retreats. Check their calendar to find out more.
Jani and Michael’s rural ranch house in Malibu Canyon is a dream retreat for oenophiles. The four charming guest rooms – aptly named Chardonnay, Champagne, Burgundy and Vino Blanco – have views of the property’s two vineyards and the surrounding mountain range. When fully occupied, two of the bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms, while the other two share a bathroom. Each morning, Michael cooks his guests a homemade breakfast that often includes freshly baked scones, cinnamon-raisin waffles, crepes, eggs and other dishes. The affordable B&B is just five miles from the Pacific Ocean and is minutes away from Pepperdine University and Malibu Creek State Park, where Planet of the Apes and M*A*S*H were filmed.
If you want to be at the center of the action, book a stay at Elaine’s Hollywood B&B where you’ll be welcomed by the house pup Bijou. Two quaint guest rooms with en-suite bathrooms are available in the cozy bungalow that was originally built in 1910. Each reservation includes a continental breakfast to get you fueled up for a day of sightseeing. You’ll be smack dab in the middle of Hollywood, close to restaurants, nightclubs and popular tourist sights like the Walk of Fame, the Hollywood sign, Grauman’s Chinese Theater and the adjacent Dolby Theater – home of the Oscars.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Venice Beach House is the seaside retreat we all need. It’s literally steps away from the beach and the lively Venice Boardwalk filled with shopping, restaurants, bike rentals and surfing schools. Constructed in 1911, the boutique B&B has nine stylishly designed rooms – ask for the one with the ocean view – and a lush garden that has been deemed “The Oasis of Venice Beach” by visitors. Five of the suites have private bathrooms, while four bedrooms share two full bathrooms, all of which are styled in welcoming neutral tones.
As soon as you set foot on the tree-lined estate, you’re greeted by the colorful and eclectic vision of artists Nina and William. Their quirky space is furnished with handmade artwork and pieces discovered at auctions, yard sales, antique shops and flea markets. The home has six cozy bedrooms that each has a flair of its own, some with a private veranda, others with a workspace and kitchenette. Outside, you’ll find an avocado tree overhanging the art deck and a swimming pool, as well as an al-fresco yoga oasis. The early 20th-century residence is minutes away from numerous Hollywood attractions, hiking trails and the metro, with stops in Downtown and Universal Studios.
Located between the Hollywood Hills and the infamous Sunset Strip, this tranquil B&B is a central base from which to explore the entertainment capital of the world. The Secret Garden was built in the 1920s and offers six modest rooms that open up to the serene garden and fountains. Guests can also use the shared full kitchen, computer room and living areas styled with antique furnishings that emanate a welcoming aura. Nearby are the Viper Room and the world-famous Whisky a Go Go, which once played host to rock legends like Janis Joplin and The Doors. If stand-up is more your style, walk down to The Laugh Factory, just steps away, where nearly every well-known comedian has performed, including Howie Mandel, Ellen DeGeneres, Adam Sandler, Robin Williams and many more.