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Oceana Beach Club Hotel
849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica
A pale exterior, mid-century furniture, and a courtyard swimming pool make this 70-room boutique hotel—right across the street from the beachside bluffs at Palisades Park—feel like classic Santa Monica. What sets the Oceana apart, though, are its spacious (and reasonably priced) suites, which include living rooms with queen-sized sofa beds, private balconies, workstations, and well-equipped kitchenettes, making them great for families and extended stays. If you’re going to stay by the beach, Oceana is in a prime location: it’s both a short walk away from the shops on Montana and just removed enough from the chaos of the Promenade. In-suite spa treatments, private yoga sessions, guided hikes of nearby Temescal Canyon, and complimentary Saturday surf lessons sweeten the deal.
Pali Hotel
7950 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood
If you're not inclined to stay right in the thick of it all on Sunset, this Melrose spot is a nice alternative. The first floor is home to Hart & Hunter, a Southern-inspired, hipster-ish restaurant that serves great brunch in the morning and excellent cocktails in the evenings. As for the rooms, they're spacious and simple, with quirky design flourishes like antique portraits and velvet settees adding personality to an otherwise straightforwardly comfortable design. A nice perk: This part of Melrose is very walkable, so you're in easy striking distance of great shopping and restaurants.
Palihouse
1001 Third St., Santa Monica
The concept behind Palihouse (which has locations in West Hollywood and Santa Monica) is genius: Each of the rooms, which range from studios to two-bedrooms, is built for long stays, with a small kitchen and generous living space. So while, like any hotel, you can book them for a few days—the big rooms are especially great for people traveling with kids—they can also be reserved for up to three months. The decor is warm and comfortable, with dark walls, white linens, and mid-century furniture.
Palihouse
8465 Holloway Dr., West Hollywood
The concept behind Palihouse (which has locations in West Hollywood and Santa Monica) is genius: Each of the rooms, which range from studios to two-bedrooms, is built for long stays, with a small kitchen and generous living space. So while, like any hotel, you can book them for a few days—the big rooms are especially great for people traveling with kids—they can also be reserved for up to three months. The decor is warm and comfortable, with dark walls, white linens, and mid-century furniture.
Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey
4375 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey
Granted, the location isn't the most convenient to the center of the city, but this five-star Ritz has its appeals: For one, it's on the Marina, which is a nice backdrop for sunset drinks; for two, it's close to Venice, and the only nice hotel option south of Santa Monica; and for three, you can generally get really great deals on rooms, despite all the luxe amenities (pool, gym, spa, et al). It's a great option for visiting grandparents, as there's plenty there and in the surrounding area to keep little ones busy.
Sunset Marquis
1200 Alta Loma Rd., West Hollywood
From its inception in 1963, when the hotel opened to give entertainers and guests of the nearby Playboy Club somewhere to stay, the Sunset Marquis has been the favorite destination for rockers, writers, and actors visiting LA (hence the underground recording studio). Stay in one of their Mediterranean-style villas which were recently given an overhaul as part of the hotel's $25 million facelift. It's the perfect place to crash after a wild night at Bar 1200 next door.
The Beverly Hills Hotel
9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills
We're always happy to check into the Beverly Hills Hotel. After all, it's also home to the Fountain Coffee Room and The Polo Lounge. At the latter, iconic forest green walls, latticed mirrors, and squishy banquettes are just the beginning of the appeal: It's drawn a great crowd for decades, and the food stands up as well. Meanwhile, digging into a milkshake and grilled cheese at the counter at the Fountain Coffee Room is one of L.A.'s most comforting thrills.
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