Traditional bed and breakfasts aren’t always easy to find, but there are still a few charming, family-run options in LA that are keeping the B&B culture alive.
Los Angeles may be known for its glitz and glamor, but staying in a local B&B will offer a slice of authentic LA living. From a relaxing country-style estate to a beachfront surf house, these B&Bs are the perfect home base from which to explore all the ins and outs of Los Angeles.
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 with its many shops, restaurants, bike rentals and surf 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.
This eco-stay promises a wholesome experience that focuses on restoring mental and physical wellbeing. A boutique haven that brings sustainability to the forefront, the property has bamboo toilet paper in the bathrooms, uses organic cleaning products throughout and serves a vegan menu responsibly sourced from local organizations. The Bel Air Treehouse prides itself on a zero-waste approach to living, and the smell of frankincense fills the air frequently. There are four large rooms to choose from, all of which are decorated with pieces from around the world, and you can tuck into a biodynamic continental breakfast every morning like a true Angeleno.
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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 breakfast that often includes freshly baked scones, cinnamon-raisin waffles, crêpes and eggs. This affordable B&B is just five miles from the Pacific Ocean and is minutes away from Malibu Creek State Park, where Planet of the Apes (1968) and M*A*S*H were filmed.
Though located just over the hill from Santa Monica and Beverly Hills, Topanga Canyon Inn Bed and Breakfast feels a world away from Central LA. The rural estate is surrounded by miles of hiking trails and vineyards, and is a short drive from Malibu’s renowned beaches and surf spots. Casa Blanca and Casa Rosa, the two rustic Mediterranean-style buildings, look out over the mountainous and wildlife-rich Southern California landscape. There are a total of eight spacious rooms, which are all elegantly styled with antique furniture and nature photography, and a number of common spaces. 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.
Just a short drive from Downtown LA, you’ll find The Bissell House – a charming bed and breakfast situated in a historic three-story Victorian home, tucked away from the busy city streets. You’ll get to experience a slice of local life by choosing to stay here. Rooms are dressed in antique furniture and decor, with statement floral sofas and plush textured headboards. Victoria’s Room is the brightest of them all, with a wall of windows overlooking the treetops and gardens that surround the house.
If you want to be at the center of the action, book a stay at Elaine’s Hollywood Bed and Breakfast where you’ll be welcomed by the house pup Bijou. Two quaint guest rooms with en-suite bathrooms are available in the snug bungalow, which was 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 such as the Walk of Fame, the Hollywood Sign, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and the adjacent Dolby Theatre – home of the Oscars.
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 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. Built in the 1920s, the Secret Garden offers six modest rooms that open up to the serene fountain-filled garden. Guests can also use the shared kitchen and living areas styled with antique furnishings that emanate a welcoming aura. Nearby is the world-famous Whisky a Go Go, which once played host to rock legends Janis Joplin and The Doors. If stand-up is more your style, walk down to the Laugh Factory, where names such as Howie Mandel, Ellen DeGeneres, Adam Sandler and Robin Williams have performed.