If LA is your home, it’s time to think like a tourist. Everyone needs to unplug, unwind and get away – including you. But sometimes, little things like work, money and time get in the way. Luckily for Angelenos, LA is a world-class vacation spot – so, open your mind to staying in the city for some R&R. Here are the best staycation Los Angeles options – bookable on Culture Trip.
A pop-up glamping resort on an eight-acre (3ha) ranch just 2mi (3.2km) from the Coachella grounds, this is the perfect place to stay for festival attendees. Choose one of the furnished or unfurnished tents, or simply pitch your own. Facilities include a beauty bar, flushable toilets, charging stations, a pool and a shuttle service, and the site is even visited by local food trucks – basically everything you could want from your festival crash pad.
Bluegreen Vacations Big Bear Village may only be a two-hour drive from LA, but once you reach the leafy San Bernardino National Forest, you’ll feel a world away. Each of the units in this suite-only hotel comes with a fully equipped kitchen, BBQ and deep-soak tub. The rustic abode has plenty to keep you entertained, too. Visit the game room – with a pool table and video games – before the heated outdoor pool and hot tub.
What’s better than falling asleep to the sound of lapping waves? At the Pavilion Hotel on Catalina Island, you can do just that. The beachfront property is a mere 14 steps from pillowy soft sand, while palm trees line the tropical garden and communal fire pit. The restaurant – with an outdoor terrace – is reserved exclusively for guest use and rooms have calming blue palettes. Some come with balconies, too – take in a lungful of fresh sea air.
Overlooking Catalina Island’s yacht harbor, Hotel Metropole feels like its own mini-town within picturesque Avalon. It has its own marketplace full of shops and cafes, and there’s an on-site spa for your indulgence. While every room is sleek, an extra dash of luxury can be had in the two-bedroom, two-bathroom beach house – complete with panoramic sea views, sprawling kitchen and built-in library.
One of the best things about living in LA – besides the endless sunshine and warm weather – is your proximity to the ocean. Make the most of it with a stay at Viceroy Santa Monica. Just steps from the water, this is the perfect hotel for sitting back and taking a breather. Rooms are bright and airy, and there’s a pool with cabanas to laze in along with cocktails from the hotel’s breezy bar. What more could you want from your LA staycay?
With its eclectic decor, uber-friendly staff and fun vibe, Hotel Erwin is the personification of Venice Beach. Set next to the world-famous boardwalk, rooms are modern and minimalist, and some have balconies – perfect for people-watching come sunset. A visit to the rooftop bar is a must, especially during the weekday happy hours of 3pm to 5pm.
This is an updated rewrite of an article originally by Kayleigh Roberts.