1 . Inn at Playa del Rey

Playa del Rey, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (310) 574 - 1920

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Seek respite from the outside world at the Inn at Playa del Rey. A quiet retreat from the fast-paced life and entertainment of Los Angeles, this urban inn still puts you close to the action and attractions. You can do everything – or simply sit back and do nothing – on your Southern California vacation.

We think the Inn at Playa del Rey is the perfect place for couples looking to reconnect on a romantic weekend or old friends on a girl’s getaway. There’s plenty to see and do just steps away; walk, jog or ride to Fisherman’s Village in the nearby marina. Cruise the Venice Beach or Manhattan Beach strips, where funky shops and upscale boutiques are sure to satisfy every shopper’s retail cravings. The inn offers plenty of ways for you to take in Southern California’s spectacular scenery and sunshine! Individually-designed guest rooms and suites at the Inn at Playa del Rey are the epitome of casual elegance. Fine white linens and upscale amenities like fireplaces and Jacuzzis envelop you in extraordinary comfort, while market fresh fruits and scrumptious egg soufflés each morning nourish you from within. Treat yourself to an in-room massage, arranged just for you by the inn’s concierge!

Getting there

From points north or south, take the Marine Freeway west about two miles and exit at Culver Boulevard. Turn left onto Culver Boulevard and proceed about two miles to the inn on your right.

Fun facts

The Inn at Playa del Rey was voted “One of the world’s best places to stay” by Conde Nast’s Travelers Magazine in 2009.

Related Onsite Offerings

Beach bicycle rides, sunbathing gardens, birding guides – plenty of ways to explore the natural side of Southern California.

2 . The Bissell House

South Pasadena, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 441 - 3530

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Each year, couples from California and well beyond flock to the blooming gardens and period-style architecture of the Bissell House for intimate weddings and romantic receptions. And we had no trouble understanding why: the inn’s picturesque private lawn, front porch and pool area are a memorable way to begin any union.

Of course, a wedding isn’t the only way to enjoy the historic charm and romance of this 19th-century inn. No matter what style of Los Angeles getaway you choose, the Bissell House promises to deliver it with style. And we can’t imagine a more appropriate location for a Victorian inn than historic South Pasadena, where you’ll find plenty of evidence of a bygone era in antique and specialty shops, gourmet food and wine stores – even a restored soda fountain and a 1920s movie house! Rooms in the Bissell House are elegantly appointed with period antiques, floral chintz fabrics and Victorian era décor. The private baths attached to each room - with claw foot or Jacuzzi tubs tucked behind French doors - are gems just waiting to be discovered. And so are the majestic mountain peaks and stunning Southern California scenery as viewed from your room in the inn.

Getting there

From the Los Angeles International Airport, take Sepulveda Boulevard toward I-105. Merge onto I-105 East toward Norwalk and onto I-110 North toward Los Angeles. I-110 becomes CA-110 North. Take Exit 31A to Orange Grove Avenue, take a left and proceed to the Bissell House.

Fun facts

This Victorian-style inn was once the home of Anna Bissell McCay, daughter of Melville Bissell, vacuum magnate and a renowned Pasadena philanthropist.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Bissell House offers full-service wedding packages, including exclusive use of the inn and grounds on the day and night of the wedding!

3 . Su Casa at Venice Beach

Venice, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (310) 452 - 9700

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Functional meets beautiful in the Bohemian minimalism of oceanfront accommodations at Su Casa at Venice Beach. More than 200 boutiques, eateries and attractions line the 24-mile Venice Beach Boardwalk – and you’ll have convenient access to them all during your memorable Los Angeles vacation!

Swim in the Pacific Ocean, stroll the shop-lined streets of Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade or hop a roller coaster ride at the pier – Su Casa has create-your-own package deals that highlight it all! The views from the top of the Ferris wheel at Santa Monica Pier are simply unmatched; surprise that special someone with a romantic sunset ride. And Su Casa is home to one of the best restaurants on the boardwalk, Figtree’s Café, where you can savor fresh ingredients, exquisite culinary offerings and panoramic ocean views. Originally built in the 1920s, Su Casa’s studio and one-bedroom suites were recently remodeled, with much of the building’s original character and charm lovingly restored. Modern furniture, state-of-the-art kitchens and eco-friendly elements like organic cotton linens and goose down comforters are just a few of the amenities you’ll enjoy, while touches of beach culture (think brightly-colored surf boards) and works by local artists bring the Southern California outdoors in.

Average temperature

Low 40 degrees, high 89 degrees F.

Getting there

From the Los Angeles International Airport, take CA-I North to Venice Boulevard and turn left. Turn right onto Abbot Kinney Boulevard and then right onto Main Street. Turn left onto Rose Avenue, take another left onto Speedway and proceed to Su Casa at Venice Beach.

Fun facts

Su Casa at Venice Beach is only two doors down from the former home of famed comedian Charlie Chaplin.

4 . The Aurora Hotel & Spa

Avalon, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (310) 510 - 0454

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Relax in sophisticated style and indulge in island luxury at the Aurora Hotel and Spa. Bed and breakfast hospitality meets the upscale amenities of a metropolitan hotel inside this sleek L.A. retreat, while exciting land and aquatic adventures on Catalina Island beckon from outside.

Nothing says “Southern California” like Aurora Hotel and Spa’s rooftop deck oasis, with breathtaking views of Catalina Island and the Pacific Ocean. Unless it’s coastal-inspired pottery, photography and paintings – handcrafted by local artists and showcased in the common spaces at the Aurora. Explore the island with glass bottom boat tours that reveal the exotic marine life that waits below the deep blue waters or indulge in a soothing blend of Swedish, deep tissue and Reiki massage styles with Aurora’s signature Mermaid’s Kiss at the onsite spa. The Aurora’s stunning rooms are appointed with modern furnishings and inspired by the Pacific Ocean and other California treasures. Patterns on the chocolate- and teal-colored textiles mimic waves crashing on the Catalina shores, while custom bath products draw from the pomegranate and citrus fruits that grow nearby. And Junior Suites feature plush sectional sofas, flat screen TVs and platform beds – Zen with a modern twist. Of course, luxury amenities like these come with an upscale price, but if you ask us, the Aurora is worth every penny!

Average temperature

Low 49 degrees, high 75 degrees F.

Getting there

Catalina is only 15 minutes away aboard Island Express Helicopters, which operates two heliports, one in Long Beach near the Queen Mary and one in San Pedro at the Catalina terminal. If you prefer to travel by boat, Catalina Express departs from downtown Long Beach, Dana Point and the Catalina Terminal in San Pedro.

Fun facts

Before the Aurora moved in, the site it sits on was home to the Cloud 7 Hotel and served the island’s visitors for more than 30 years.

5 . Arroyo Vista Inn

South Pasadena, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (888) 927 - 7696

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You deserve to be swept away on your Southern California vacation, and no place does enchanting escapes better than the Arroyo Vista Inn. This traditional bed and breakfast is an affordable way to enjoy classic elegance in historic Pasadena, with gourmet breakfasts and inn-style accommodations starting at less than $200!

Set into the hillside, this classic Craftsman-style bed and breakfast overlooks downtown Los Angeles and South Pasadena. Spacious, luxurious and overflowing with one-of-a-kind finds, there’s nothing corporate about the Arroyo Vista Inn. A soothing color palette of sage, butter and sky reflects old-town Los Angeles and promotes relaxation. And it doesn’t get any fresher than juice squeezed from oranges that grow right outside – yours to enjoy at breakfast each morning, along with tantalizing French toast made by the innkeeper herself! You’ll love the classic elegance that emanates from every beautifully-appointed nook and cranny of the Arroyo Vista Inn. Built nearly a century ago, the inn’s spacious rooms combine traditional furnishings with all the modern touches you’d expect from a full-service hotel, including luxurious 500-thread-count sheets and jetted tubs. French doors open to balconies overlooking the San Gabriel and Arroyo Mountains and lavish baths feature marble floors, claw-footed tubs and chandeliers.

Getting there

From the Los Angeles International Airport, head west on Century Boulevard toward Vicksburg Avenue. Turn left onto Sepulveda Boulevard and take the ramp onto I-105 East. Exit onto 1-110 North toward Los Angeles and continue on CA-110 North. Take Exit 30A, keep right at the fork and proceed on Marmion Way. Turn right onto Pasadena Avenue, cross the train tracks and proceed to Monterey Road and Arroyo Vista Inn on your right.

Fun facts

Lester Moore, designer of the Arroyo Vista Inn, first became known for his architectural designs starting in the late 1800s.

Related Onsite Offerings

South Pasadena’s Mission District is home to shops and independent restaurants as unique as the rooms in the Arroyo Vista Inn.

6 . Channel Road Inn

Santa Monica, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (310) 459 - 1920

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Traditional architecture, modern luxuries and sophisticated services: the innkeepers who oversee the Four Sisters Inns’ collection of boutique hotels have honed their special brand of hospitality down to a tee. And the Channel Road Inn is no exception. Indulge in country hospitality on your Southern California vacation!

Each Four Sisters Inn site is carefully considered, with only the most unique architecture, history and locations selected. From its powder blue, cedar-shingled exterior to the stunning architectural details and country-inspired décor found inside, each detail at the Channel Road Inn was lovingly chosen with you in mind. It’s no wonder these inns are so popular! And here in the heart of Santa Monica, home to stylish shops and some of California’s most celebrated beaches, you’ll find a host of Los Angeles attractions to explore, including the Santa Monica Pier and surrounding art galleries. Guest rooms in this historic inn have been expertly decorated and arranged to create a relaxing haven on your Southern California vacation. Sink into the fine cotton linens that dress your canopy bed each night and wake to a beautiful sunrise on your balcony and a breakfast buffet. And freshly-baked cookies complete the home-away-from-home feel at Channel Road Inn!

Population

88,050

Getting there

From the Los Angeles International Airport, take Century Boulevard to the I-405 North ramp and head toward Sacramento. Merge onto I-405 North toward Santa Monica. I-10 West becomes CA-1 North. Turn right onto Channel Road and proceed to the inn.

Fun facts

The main character from the movie Forrest Gump ended his famous run across America near the Channel Road Inn at the Santa Monica Pier.

7 . Hollywood Pensione

Hollywood, California

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We’ve always been told that good things come in small packages, but we never really believed it until we found the Hollywood Pensione. This Craftsman home turned boutique hotel has only three rooms – count ‘em, three! Quality – not quantity – is the name of the game at this Southern California escape.

And speaking of star quality, if there was a Walk of Fame for Los Angeles hotels, the Hollywood Pensione would be on it! Not only can you feel great on your Southern California vacation, now you can actually do a little good, too. This eco-friendly hotel features organic mattresses and linens, bamboo towels and all-natural bath amenities for the do-gooder in us all. And with air and water purification throughout, stylish eco-friendly furniture and organic wines and dark chocolate truffles, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort to go green at the Hollywood Pensione. Of course, nobody can be good all the time. You’re probably looking for a little excitement and adventure on your Los Angeles vacation and you’re in luck: the Hollywood Pensione puts you within walking distance of style, glamour and attractions, including the Hollywood sign set high in L.A.’s highest hills! Down below, you’ll find the Walk of Fame, Mann’s Chinese Theatre and a multitude of markets, cafes and boutique shops.

Average temperature

Low 49 degrees, high 78 degrees F.

Getting there

From the Los Angeles International Airport, merge onto Sepulveda Boulevard and head south toward I-105. Take I-105 East to Norwalk and merge onto I-110 North toward Los Angeles. I-110 North becomes CA-110 North. Merge onto US-101 North toward Hollywood and take Exit 8A to Sunset Boulevard. Take the Wilton Place ramp and turn left onto Wilton Place.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Hollywood Pensione has all the comfort and privacy of a hotel with the conveniences of home: perfect for a business traveler or extended stays!

8 . The Avalon Hotel

Avalon, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (877) 292 - 8306

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The architectural details and charming courtyard of this island paradise honor Catalina Island’s rich history, while handcrafted hardwoods and 350-thread-count sheets in its guest rooms are the epitome of modern luxury. Relive California history – and a touch of the contemporary – at the Avalon Hotel.

We should have known better than to expect anything less from the sister property of our No. 3 spot, the Aurora Hotel and Spa. And this is Catalina, the Island of Romance. But even we were impressed - and a little inspired - by the breathtaking 360-degree views of Avalon Harbor from the rooftop deck. What could be better than these views? The exciting island adventures nearby! Explore hundreds of marine species, including sea lions and bat rays at Casino Dive Park, Southern California’s most popular SCUBA dive site. Sailboats, palm trees and white-washed buildings with red tile roofs surround the half-moon-shaped harbor – and you can see them all through sliding doors in your spacious room. Inside, sculptures and stained glass art pieces by local artists echo the picturesque scenery, while exotic tropical plants, intimate seating areas and a fountain reminiscent of a Mexican villa await you in the Avalon’s secluded courtyard.

Average temperature

Low 45 degrees, high 85 degrees F.

Getting there

Catalina is only 15 minutes away aboard Island Express Helicopters, which operates two heliports, one in Long Beach near the Queen Mary and one in San Pedro at the Catalina terminal. If you prefer to travel by boat, Catalina Express departs from downtown Long Beach, Dana Point and the Catalina Terminal in San Pedro.

Fun facts

The lot where the Avalon Hotel is located was once home to a pre-World War I gentleman's club.

9 . Los Feliz Lodge

Los Angeles, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (323) 660 - 4150

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Quiet. Comfortable. Affordable. That’s what guests are saying about Los Feliz Lodge. But we think there’s so much more to be said about these charming bungalows and villas in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles. Don’t take our word for it – see for yourself on your Southern California vacation!

If you’ve secretly harbored dreams of one day living in Southern California (c’mon, we all have), look no further than Los Feliz Lodge. These vacation rentals, arranged in the style of a Spanish Courtyard, pair modern amenities like flat screen TVs with natural elements like organic cotton and bamboo linens. This eco-friendly L.A. escape is perfect for business travelers and extended vacations; you’ll find everything you need to stay for a week or even a month, including fully-equipped kitchens and a washer and dryer! Hip and modern, each villa and bungalow at Los Feliz Lodge has been thoughtfully arranged by local interior designers and features soothing colors, eclectic décor and unique furnishings like platform sofas and flokati rugs. And French doors open to balconies with breathtaking views of Los Angeles, where you’ll find no end to the shops, bistros and historic movie theaters just waiting to be explored.

Population

9,862,049

Getting there

The villas and bungalows at Los Feliz Lodge are conveniently located along Hoover Street. From the Los Angeles International Airport, take Sepulveda Boulevard to I-105 and proceed east to Norwalk. Merge onto I-110A toward Los Angeles, where I-110 becomes CA-110 North. Merge onto US-101 North toward Hollywood and take Exit 5A to Rampart Boulevard. Take a slight right onto Rampart Boulevard, a left onto Sunset Boulevard and a right onto Hoover Street. Proceed to your villa or bungalow on Hoover Street.

Fun facts

Los Feliz Lodge's villas and bungalows were built in the 1920’s to house the Hollywood film elite.

10 . Topanga Canyon Inn

Topanga, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (310) 600 - 1325

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Tucked into the wilderness of Topanga State Park, with the bright lights of Los Angeles just beyond its borders, is the Topanga Canyon Inn. The quiet location of this Hollywood mansion-style inn means no through traffic, no busy expressways – nothing to come between you and yours on a romantic Los Angeles retreat.

Topanga Canyon’s innkeeper is a retired studio musician turned builder who designed the inn’s glamorous stucco walls and red tile roof – then brought them to life. His wife is internationally known for her stunning watercolor paintings; many grace the walls and halls of the inn. Let their love affair inspire yours in the art deco-era elegance of the Fred and Ginger room, with its white mink comforter, Italian lacquer furniture – even a bidet – that caters to the musically inclined. Capture Southern California’s natural beauty as you paint and draw with the innkeeper, or embark on a horseback ride through the canyon and explore caves in Topanga State Park. A quiet retreat just outside the big city, the Topanga Canyon Inn is only minutes from Malibu and Santa Monica beaches, shopping and more!

Population

5,441

Getting there

From the Los Angeles International Airport and points south, take the San Diego Freeway (405) North to the Santa Monica Freeway (10) and head west. Passing through the tunnel at the coast, the 10 becomes the Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1). Continue north up the coast a few miles past Santa Monica to Topanga Canyon Boulevard and the Topanga Canyon Inn.

Related Onsite Offerings

The innkeepers have thought of it all. A full breakfast is served each morning, while snacks and refreshments are offered throughout the day.

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