Famed for its easy-going atmosphere, sun-drenched Muscle Beach, and buzzing boardwalk, it’s easy to see why thousands of visitors to LA flock to Venice Beach. Named for its canals and oceanfront activities, today this neighborhood is home to a selection of cultural curiosities including modern murals, maverick stores, street performers, and famous skateparks. With that in mind, we’ve put together some of the best boutique hotels for you to enjoy between West Hollywood, Santa Monica, and Beverly Hills.
Just off Venice Beach Boardwalk and filled with easy SoCal charm, Hotel Erwin has been the top choice beach hideaway for almost 50 years. A firm favorite with California natives and first-time visitors to the Sunshine State, its kooky yet comfortable lodgings are the perfect jumping-off spot for exploring the city. Beyond its carefully-crafted rooms, Erwin aims to provide nothing but chill vibes with its excellent rooftop lounge, homemade Venice Way pizza, and seasonal cocktail selections.
An intimate hotel a short trip from Venice Beach and everything the wider LA area has to offer, the Inn at Playa del Rey is perfect for respite or an action-packed weekend away. With a premium placed on guest relaxation, this hotel offers a range of creature comforts like complimentary homemade breakfasts, massage services, and wine and cheese mini-picnics available to book. If you’d prefer to get your heart rate racing, a range of hikes, bikes, and kayaks are available for exploring the area’s abundant natural beauty.
The expansive West Hollywood Edition by Marriott does its best to provide a retreat for guests to focus on wellness and beauty from within. Just off West Sunset Boulevard, this hotel is home to 190 expertly furnished rooms, suites, and penthouses, and true to its mindfulness mentality has a fully-fledged spa and fitness center for guests to enjoy. For a truly memorable experience be sure to check out its Roof restaurant at sunset; a peaceful place to take in the amazing cityscape below.
Arguably the most famous hotel in California, the Roosevelt has welcomed some of Hollywood’s biggest names for almost a century. Notable guests to this LA landmark include Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin, and even Clark Gable. Today, this hotel offers every bit of the glamour and glitz that made it famous, with a host of beautifully furnished rooms and suites. If you’re looking for something extra special, why not try one of the Cabana rooms a short walk from the famed David Hockney-decorated pool, and filled with modern luxuries and a refined tropical aesthetic; it’ll be sure to make your stay in SoCal a memorable one.
A stone’s throw from lively Sunset Boulevard, the Beverly Terrace (or BT as it’s known to its friends) provides guests with a refined resting point for discovering the nearby city. The guesthouse has a cozy European sensibility, with thoughtful decor and welcoming staff willing to go above and beyond to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Each room comes decked out with premium toiletries, HD TV, and complimentary continental breakfast. If you’re looking for a bite to eat, head down to the in-house Cafe Amici; it offers a traditional Italian menu which can be enjoyed al fresco on the sun-kissed patio.
Frequently lauded in the press, and touted as the best hotel in Los Angeles, Proper Hotel in Santa Monica offers you an unrivaled stay in southern California. Stretching across Wilshire Boulevard, this luxury offering from the Proper hotel group is just a short stroll from the nearby beach. The facilities here make it hard for guests to leave – with an exclusive rooftop pool, beautiful outdoor restaurant, and world-class Ayurvedic spa offering personalized massages and treatments. Not only this, but it’s also close to a fantastic range of farmers’ markets, premium shopping, and some of the best dining in the city.
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