Ayres Hotel Manhattan Beach Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Beaches - Santa Monica and Venice, Los Angeles, California

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This 173-room family-run chain hotel a few miles from LAX has surprisingly ornate interiors, extra-spacious rooms, and free perks (parking, breakfast, Wi-Fi), but its drab location 15 minutes from Manhattan Beach near strip malls and next to the 405 freeway makes it less-than-ideal for all except those with an early flight out.

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 Scene

Lavish interiors, but primarily a respite for business people and airline crews

Interiors reminiscent of a French chateau
Interiors reminiscent of a French chateau

At first glance, this 173-room, five-year-old construction, part of a family-owned chain of hotels, is just another cheerless stopover on the way to the airport, which is why its majestic interiors come as a welcome surprise. The Ayres family, multigenerational local real estate developers since the early 1900s, invested significantly in what they dub a "European boutique hotel," and it shows. They draped a 17th-century Belgian tapestry behind the front desk; embellished the courtyard terrace with stone statues; and installed a 400-year-old, stone fireplace from France in the lobby.

Among the opulent crystal chandeliers, hand-stenciled ceilings, and grand staircase, you'll also find a few surprising 21st-century perks: free Wi-Fi, a small, heated pool, a hot tub, a fitness center, an on-site Continental restaurant, free daily breakfast, and great beds with pillow-top mattresses.

You may be fooled by the facade, but don't be duped by the Manhattan Beach address; the four-story hotel is a less-than-inspired, 15-minute drive to the ocean past one sprawling shopping center after another. And while you'll get more space -- unusually large standard rooms are 435 square feet -- they have outdated, staid decor. The extra features for such an inexpensive rate are welcome, but unless you're a flight attendant or need a decent pit stop close to the airport, there's no compelling reason to stay here. For just a bit more per night, you'll be closer to Manhattan Beach at the Belamar. It has smaller standard rooms (340 square feet), but similar amenities, and sits on the edge of a residential neighborhood just a five-minute drive from the water.

 Location

Near Manhattan Beach, a few miles from LAX

Despite its moniker, the Ayres is a disappointingly unscenic, 15-minute drive to Manhattan Beach; other hotels, including the Belamar, are much closer to the water. The hotel is, however, very convenient to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

  • 15-minute drive to Manhattan Beach, with its quiet strip of unassuming bars, restaurants, cafes, and shops, plus public volleyball nets, a pier, and plenty of surfers
  • Around the corner from the 405/San Diego Freeway (Rosecrans Avenue exit)
  • 70-minute drive to Rodeo Drive/Beverly Hills, a bastion of wealthy living and high-end shopping on L.A.'s westside
  • 80-minute drive to Universal Studios Hollywood in traffic
  • 80-minute drive to Hollywood Boulevard, the Walk of Fame, and Grauman's Chinese Theatre in traffic
  • 20-minute drive to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on surface roads

 Bottom Line

This 173-room family-run chain hotel a few miles from LAX has surprisingly ornate interiors, extra-spacious rooms, and free perks (parking, breakfast, Wi-Fi), but its drab location 15 minutes from Manhattan Beach near strip malls and next to the 405 freeway makes it less-than-ideal for all except those with an early flight out.

Things You Should Know About Ayres Hotel Manhattan Beach

Address

  • 14400 Hindry Avenue, Hawthorne, CA, 90250, US

Hotel Is Also Known As...

  • Ayres Hotel Hawthorne
  • Ayres Hotel Hawthorne Manhattan Beach
  • Ayres Hotel at Hawthorne / Manhattan Beach / LAX

Room Types

  • Deluxe Room
  • Executive Suite
  • Junior Suite
  • King Courtyard Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 173
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Beaches - Santa Monica and Venice, Los Angeles
Address: 14400 Hindry Avenue, Hawthorne, CA, 90250, US
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