A-list LA hideout, yes, but there’s plenty more to love about Pacific Palisades. Culture is covered by The Getty Villa, a museum dedicated to the ancient Greeks and Romans; arts by Villa Aurora, a gallery and artists’ residence; and shopping by Palisades Village, an upmarket collection of boutiques and restaurants. More delights are found south, in the attached neighborhood of Santa Monica.
This 21-room inn is within walking distance of Brentwood Village where you can grab a coffee, dine out or peruse the Sunday Farmer’s Market. The upscale rooms and suites feature custom-crafted mattresses, hypo-allergenic bedding and high-end Aveda toiletries. In the afternoon, enjoy freshly baked cookies and a selection of teas. Mornings are for a relaxed continental breakfast with decadent pastries, fresh juices and cereals.
Once a 1950s seaside apartment building, this trendy all-suites hotel puts you in the middle of Santa Monica. Laze by the outdoor pool on a day bed with a crackling fireplace nearby, hoof it to the exciting Santa Monica Pier for a memorable sunset over the Pacific, or shop the trendy boutiques of the Third Street Promenade. Start your day with a full American breakfast, work out on the hotel Peloton bikes and treadmills and then borrow the hotel car to nip up to Pacific Palisades. End your day at one of the hotel restaurants, before letting the surf lull you to sleep.
Enjoy an upscale coastal inn experience not far from attractions such as Santa Monica Beach and The Getty Villa. All rooms are different – choose one with a balcony or a jetted tub; in the winter, warm yourself in a fireplace room. Start your day with a signature breakfast, think blueberry pancakes, honey-buttermilk muffins and blueberry sour cream scones. You’ll also get a wine and cheese picnic during your stay – borrow one of the hotel bikes to tool around the neighborhood, before stopping off for lunch.
The 20-room Surfrider is a modern Californian beach house right across Highway 1 from the sands. Built in the 1950s, the hotel retains plenty of Californian surf culture while offering modern amenities. Don your wetsuit and head for the breakers with your surfboard and at the day’s end, store it in the hotel. Some rooms offer romantic views of the surf and Santa Monica Pier. Want to explore the area? Grab a complimentary Mini Cooper and head down the highway to sun, surf and quaint beach villages. The Roof Deck Bar and Restaurant overlooks the Pacific; they’ll make an après-surf smoothie or cocktail of your choice. For dinner, try their farm-to-table cuisine, sometimes accompanied by live music.
Located in a residential neighborhood a couple blocks back from Santa Monica Beach, this high-rise hotel is ideal if you’re combining a Pacific Palisades break with an exploration of Santa Monica. After returning from your adventures, head to the rooftop restaurant for a nightcap with a 360-degree view of the ocean and mountains. Settle into your relaxing room – decorated in earthy tones and light oak furniture – to soak in the spa tub.
For a convenient, affordable break, stay at the Gateway where easy-care rooms are decorated in a soft coastal palette. They also come with pillow-top mattresses and flat-screen TVs to make you feel at home. When you’re not exploring, exercise in the fitness center or read a book in the inviting lobby. The attractions of Pacific Palisades are a short drive away.
Known since 1933 as the First Lady of Santa Monica, The Georgian has been a go-to spot for Hollywood celebs through the years. In fact, the basement bar was a genuine speakeasy. Rooms and suites are decorated in classy beiges and grays with vintage touches and ocean and town views. For a Hollywood experience head to the Veranda Restaurant for high tea, craft cocktails or a charcuterie plate in an open-air setting. For dinner, dig into such entrees as hamachi ceviche or a 28-day aged steak.
Palihouse is a 1920s Moorish-influenced Mediterranean revival beach manor, ideal for a long stay. You’ll be impressed with the ornate iron gates leading to meticulously cared-for gardens and a luxurious lobby. Suites will remind you of Europe with large windows and bespoke wallpaper from Abnormals Anonymous. The in-house culinary team provides farm-to-table fare throughout the day and you can schedule a personal tour of the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market.
The Courtyard takes on a surfer vibe with beachy colors and lobby murals of VW bugs and vibrant surfboards. It’s also close to the Santa Monica Place Mall and the Third Street Promenade where you’ll find cafes, boutiques and street entertainers. Stay active with a visit to the fitness center or by splashing in the pool. Grab breakfast or a light bite and drinks at Waterman’s casual eatery in the lobby. The hotel also offers guestrooms and suites, some with a balcony and ocean view.
Offering dormitory-style sleeping, the HI is the largest all purpose-built hostel in the United States. The colorful Santa Monica beach decor mirrors the fun you will have during your stay. You can kick back under the sun in the courtyard or spend the day surfing at the nearby beach. You’re not far from the amazing Santa Monica Pier, either. The LA Light Rail is just blocks away so you can explore LA and Hollywood, too. Want privacy? There are a few private doubles and deluxe queen bedrooms as well.