Home to one of the most popular beaches in the Greater Los Angeles area and, of course, its famous pier, Santa Monica is a picture-perfect enclave. It has miles of pristine beaches open to all, fresh meals prepared straight from the farmers’ market and rooftop bars with stunning panoramic views. No matter where you choose to stay, these eight hotels are perfectly positioned, allowing you to enjoy all that the city has to offer, with options to suit all budgets.
In the heart of Culver City – one of LA’s more laid-back neighborhoods – you’ll find the perfect spot to get to know the real La La Land. The Palihotel is a boutique property popular with trendy media types, and its rooms feature custom-made art and retro dial phones. Some rooms even open out onto a shared courtyard, which is ideal for solo travelers. It doesn’t have a pool or a gym, but you can tuck into unpretentious French cuisine at Simonette, a great spot for late-night oysters.
Sitting on one of the world’s largest man-made marinas, the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey is a waterfront destination hidden away from the hustle and bustle of LA city life. While it’s not on the beach, it’s minutes from Santa Monica, so you can feel the sand between your toes in no time. Its guest rooms and suites are bigger than most in the city, too, all offering mesmerizing views of the ocean, marina or city skyline. Elsewhere, there are tennis courts, a waterfront pool, a spa and a restaurant.
Sitting in a prime position on Venice Beach’s Ocean Front Walk, this beachside bolthole oozes contemporary SoCal vibes. All of the apartment-inspired rooms come with stylish monochrome decor and sweeping ocean views – you’re so close to the Pacific you can basically roll out of bed and onto the sand. Boutique shopping, oceanfront dining and buzzy nightlife are all a stone’s throw away. What more could you want?
Whether you’re in town for a few days or a few months, you’ll feel right at home at Venice Breeze Suites. Studios and one-bedroom suites come with every amenity you could ever need, including fully equipped kitchens, complimentary wifi plus a rooftop terrace with a barbecue, dining tables, sun chairs and stunning views of Venice Beach and the Venice Boardwalk. There’s no better place to soak up the Southern California sunshine.
Icelandic designer Gulla Jónsdóttir is behind the eclectic interiors of Kimpton La Peer Hotel, merging art, fashion and architecture with concrete and leather walls, white oak flooring and bronze columns. In true LA style, rooms feature custom-made furniture, dangling chromatic lights and unexpected touches, such as golden balloon-style rabbit statuettes. Feeling indulgent? Opt for the penthouse and its deep-soaking tub and sprawling private terrace. At night, its patio bar adorned with Gaudí tiles serves up some of the city’s best CBD-infused cocktails.
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Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.
Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.
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