Just south of the iconic Santa Monica Pier is an even more laid-back LA shore. The South Bay consists of a handful of smaller oceanside communities that have some of the most beautiful shorelines in California without overcrowded beaches. Here’s our pick of the best hotels in Redondo Beach – bookable on Culture Trip.
When they say that the grass is greener on the other side, Bluestem Hotel is the side they’re talking about. Named for the long-grain grass in California, this hotel focuses on sustainability and natural elements. The fresh air and warm flames of the firepits in the courtyard will make you long for California nights for years to come. Your suite, with an extra chaise lounge, will act as your sanctuary for however long you call this Redondo Beach hotel home.
With SoFi Stadium just a 20-minute drive – or a really good punt – north, this Marriott in Torrance is an ideal gameday hotel for Chargers and Rams fans. You won’t need to bunk with your rival; spacious guest rooms are affordable and equidistant to the goal line – also known as Square Bar + Kitchen. If you can let bygones be bygones, the SoCal suite has more than enough space for you both to wear your jerseys with pride and watch the game together.
Forget the other Manhattan. The Belamar is ready to show you that Manhattan Beach on the West Coast is perfect. Snuggle into a cozy robe and a pair of slippers the minute the door closes in your king room with a garden view. Put pants on only to saunter to Second Story for happy hour. Munch on Belamar chips and fish tacos while the bartender helps you conquer the tap wall until it’s time to Uber your way to the shore for a sunset NYC will never have.
Wondering why this Residence Inn is waving you down from LA so soon after your arrival? This Redondo Beach hotel wants to show you the shoreline instead of the skyscrapers. Drop your bags in a studio suite, and find a full kitchen with complimentary grocery service. While someone else does your shopping, you’re free to visit Torrance Beach or work up an appetite on the trails of Palos Verdes Nature Preserve. Alternatively, hang by the pool – you’re on LA time, after all.
The Redondo Beach Hotel is in the heart of King Harbor, just steps from the marina, shops and restaurants. The 112-room hotel has decor reflecting coastal scenery and a heated pool and spa for those who’d prefer an alternative to swimming in the ocean. It’s in the northern part of the city, making Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach easily accessible, as well as LAX.
The Portofino Hotel and Marina is the ultimate Redondo Beach getaway. On a private peninsula, this resort has breathtaking ocean views and a waterside restaurant, BALEENkitchen, offering mouthwatering dishes. As well as a pool and a firepit, the property has a stand-up paddleboard area and complimentary beach cruisers for riding up and down the oceanfront bike path.
The Sonesta Redondo Beach and Marina may be a chain hotel, but it doesn’t feel like it. The upscale property is in a prime location just minutes away from the marina, pier, beach, shops and restaurants, and offers some impressive amenities. Vacationers can unwind on the recreational deck, take a dip in the pool or play a round of tennis on the private court. This Redondo Beach hotel also has a state-of-the-art fitness center when you need to let off some steam.
The Best Western Plus Redondo Beach Inn is a great option for those who want the beach experience without the beachside prices. While it’s a little farther inland, the hotel is still only a mile (1.6km) from the water. The reasonable prices and comfort level are perfect for those traveling with children. Although it’s a chain hotel, it’s chock-full of amenities, including a fitness facility, a pool and even on-site bike rentals.
Slightly outside Redondo Beach is Beach House. The Hermosa Beach property is on a 26mi (42km) paved bike path called the Strand, stretching along the Pacific Ocean, and a 2mi (3km) bike ride, walk or drive from the Redondo Beach Pier. Just steps from the sand, this breezy hotel pairs a laid-back South Bay attitude with an upscale atmosphere. The 96-room property offers studio-style rooms, ocean-view balconies, spa facilities and a relaxing outdoor hot tub.
Nick Dauk contributed additional reporting to this article.
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