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.

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