The City of Angels needs no introduction, but those in the know are well aware that a successful trip to Los Angeles involves more than a photo at the Hollywood Sign and tickets to a Lakers game. The Port of Los Angeles is a seaside spot with its own attractions and restaurants worthy of a visit. Battleships, sealife and surfing are all within reach when you stay at one of these top hotels near the port, bookable with Culture Trip.
Introduce your labrador to the Long Beach lifestyle at the Westin. This pet-friendly hotel invites you both to snuggle up in a high-floor guest room and watch the sun disappear over the horizon every night. Seaside Dog Zone is right across the street for off-leash fun, though you’ll both agree that a walk along the waterfront is worth strapping on a leash – especially if you make a stop at Tugboat Pete’s Hot Dog Stand.
Give the family a Long Beach experience they’ll love when you stay at Hyatt Regency. Tell the kiddos to slip on their sandals and discover the ocean’s spectacular sea life at the Aquarium of the Pacific, then take your guppies for a swim at Alamitos Beach. If clouds threaten your day, spend the afternoon in the pool; then, head into your double-bed suite for a rainy afternoon with popcorn and movies.
Let’s talk about relaxation at Bluestem Hotel. Make your way in from the port, and let your shoulders drop with your luggage. Embrace the natural elements and color pallets in each room, allowing your mind to fill the spacious suites with nothing except happy thoughts. The colorful courtyard seems to come alive around the fire pit, and you’ll, no doubt, feel the SoCal coastal vibes wash in from the beach only 4mi (6.4km) away. Any lingering stress you might have can be unpacked at an outdoor yoga session.
Unpack your clubs right when you arrive at Ayres Hotel. A morning stretch in the fitness center and a complimentary full American breakfast will get every muscle primed to take on the Old Ranch Golf Course next door. Of course, this is just a warm-up round for Navy and El Dorado Park Golf Courses right around the corner. We recommend spending your post-round in the hot tub at the Ayres to ensure your muscles are ready for at least another 18-holes.
Cycle your way from beach to beach, using a bicycle rental at Redondo Beach Tapestry. Though you won’t necessarily need to pedal the 0.5mi (0.8km) to the pier or Seaside Lagoon, your marina-view room will inspire you to discover more waterside bliss up and down the coast. Our suggestion is to let your nose trace the route to the best seafood on the shore, perhaps sniffing out claws at Redondo Beach Crab House or lobster tails and porterhouses at Chart House.
Get to know every sandy, salty and sunny aspect of the SoCal lifestyle at Portofino Hotel & Marina, which sits on a peninsula jutting out from Redondo Beach. You’ll enjoy ocean views and bay breezes right from your suite’s window. The flavors of the sea are yours to savor, whether that’s clam chowder at the waterside BALEENkitchen or the King Harbor bouillabaisse on your oceanside guest room’s patio. If dining in, don’t let the curated minibar go untouched.
Your magical journey to Disneyland begins at Residence Inn By Marriott, a 30-minute drive east from Mickey’s West Coast abode. Free breakfast and a dip in the pool will get you energized for a day spent meeting Eeyore, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the Disney gang. After a long day, unwind on the outdoor patio, and save a few dollars by cooking dinner in your suite’s fully equipped kitchen.
Looking for more inspiration? We’ve also narrowed down the best historic hotels and the best hotels with pools in Los Angeles so that you can confidently find and book the perfect stay with Culture Trip. For more unique options, discover our guide to the best historic hotels near Hollywood. There’s also plenty to keep you busy, from exploring the best beaches near Los Angeles to finding unique ways to tour Los Angeles. When you’re ready for a break, these top restaurants are the perfect place to stop.
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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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