Stoney Point Park is a unique rock-based landmark in Chatsworth, Los Angeles, with something for hikers of all levels. While you’re nearby, check out starry sights such as the Corriganville Movie Ranch before rocking up to these restful hotels, bookable via Culture Trip.
This cozy and comfortable hotel in Chatsworth, just minutes from Stoney Point Park, soothes from the start with a charming freeform outdoor pool and a hot tub ensconced in the lush gardens, backed up by the restaurant dishing locally sourced, Italian-American food. Wake up to mountain views when you book cream-colored studio suites with balconies before toasting your good fortune with a negroni at the Caprese Bar or sitting in the pretty courtyard.
This sleek hotel in Calabasas offers a clean, contemporary slice of California life. Hikers and climbers will love the well-thought-out modern interiors, perfect for winding down after a long day of strenuous activity. Relax sore muscles in the sizable outdoor pool, or sip a craft beer in a cosy cabana. Relaxing rooms mirror the sky and sand of nearby beaches with blue and sand-hued decor, and the hotel sits just a five-minute walk from the Commons at Calabasas.
Gorgeous views of the Santa Monica Mountains and the San Fernando Valley from the private balcony of your minimal room or suite mean that you can admire the scenery while eating an A-lister-style healthy egg-white omelette breakfast – perfect if you’re a health-minded hiker or star in the making. Sparkling indoor and outdoor pools and a glass-ceilinged restaurant keep that star-studded feeling going all day.
Situated in the heart of North Hollywood near Universal Studios, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better-positioned hotel than this glass-fronted hotel with a surprisingly industrial-style interior. Light, airy rooms dressed with cream or caramel leather headboards and fresh lime-green details are the perfect place to decompress after a hard day’s hiking and horseback riding. Some rooms have balconies, so you’ll be able to watch the famous Californian sunsets from the comfort of your own space. Hit the outside bar space to mingle with a burger and a just-mixed mojito.
Over in Santa Paula, a 45-minute drive west in Ventura County, the Glen Tavern Inn has bags of rustic charm. Built in a Tudor-Craftsman style, the property has the feel of old Hollywood about it – perfect when you’re looking for an iconic stay amid California nature. If you’d rather stay somewhere with small town charm rather than big city buzz, this hotel’s for you, with hardwood floors and ornate but comforting bedspreads in rooms.
If you love the high life, this serene hotel in Westlake Village, about 20mi (32km) southwest of Stoney Point Park, is for you. Light-filled rooms woo with floral headboards, polished marble, glass and brass, but the view of the 20-acre (8ha) exotic gardens and waterfalls can top fancy fittings any day. Nibble sushi in the Japanese restaurant before the vast wellness center and spa envelops you in a world of elliptical machines, followed by a spell in the Greenhouse, with a warm foot soak in water collected from the Pacific, sound therapy and a botanical massage.
Tucked into the Santa Monica Mountains in Malibu wine country, these cottages, bungalows and rooms bring you right back to nature in the most luxurious way possible with natural tones and textures – and it’s pet-friendly, so no need to leave fido at home. With both a 250-acre (100ha) ranch and a separate private mid-century-style beach club on the Malibu coast to explore, you might struggle to venture out sightseeing, especially with soba noodle salads and parmesan reggiano fries on the room-service menu.
Want to feel like a real Hollywood star? Then head over the hill to the Westside, about 25mi (40km) southeast of Stoney Point Park, and check into the Hotel Bel-Air. This hotel has a rich history and has been serving guests what they didn’t even know they needed since the 1950s. The gardens are gorgeously lush, the rooms exceptionally well furnished with chic white decor and Art Deco details, and there are four resident swans on site. You don’t even need to leave the property to enjoy a fabulous meal, with the Hotel Bel-Air restaurant managed by celebrity chef extraordinaire Wolfgang Puck dishing steak tartare and Kaluga caviar.
You can’t get more classic Hollywood than this landmark hotel in the beating heart of Los Angeles, right by the iconic Hollywood Walk of Fame. The whitewashed façade belies the charming Spanish Colonial Revival-style interiors with wrought-iron chandeliers and soft leather sofas. We suggest dining beside the see-and-be-seen rooftop pool before a late-night massage in the massage garden to soothe muscles made sore from hiking trails. Just be aware that Stoney Point Park is a 25mi (40km) drive, so be sure to avoid LA’s notorious rush hour traffic.
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