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Shutters On The Beach

Shutters On The Beach Rating: 5.0 Pearls

A known celebrity hangout, Shutters on the Beach has an atmosphere of formal opulence, with expensive artwork in its lobby and restaurants, luxe features, and rooms that belong in a billionaire's beach house. Its oceanfront location and doting service are hard to beat, but Casa Del Mar rivals it with a more intimate feel and better amenities.

Hotel Casa Del Mar

Hotel Casa Del Mar Rating: 4.5 Pearls

A true jewel, this historic grand hotel is world-class yet refreshingly unpretentious (unless you count the Hollywood crowd at the popular lobby bar). But there is nothing modest about its spacious elegant rooms, rooftop pool, and commanding location right on the beach -- a rarity in L.A. It's one of the best luxury hotels in town.

Hotel Shangri La Santa Monica

Hotel Shangri La Santa Monica Rating: 4.0 Pearls

A slick and inviting boutique hotel overlooking the Pacific, with 71 exquisite rooms and lustrous interiors in an iconic Art Deco building that displays the curvy contours of an elegant ocean liner. For a modish and luxurious ocean-side getaway, the Shangri-La is mighty close to perfection.

Beach House at Hermosa Beach

Beach House at Hermosa Beach Rating: 4.0 Pearls

The Beach House is a 96-room, upscale hotel that overlooks Hermosa Beach. It's located on The Strand, a 26-mile pathway that runs parallel to the ocean, within walking distance of waterfront cafes, nightlife hot spots, and local surf shops. Frequent guests say that area can get overcrowded in tourist season, creating noise and limiting privacy for those staying on the hotel’s first floor. The best rooms (on the second and third floors) have ocean views and cost extra.

Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows Rating: 4.0 Pearls

Luxurious (though small) rooms, an excellent spa, and a devoted staff make this five-acre, 302-room property one of the best hotels in Santa Monica. The Fairmont is not as intimate as the Oceana, and it lacks the direct beachfront of Casa Del Mar. But with beautiful grounds and a laid-back, private vibe, it's an excellent choice nonetheless.

Viceroy Santa Monica

Viceroy Santa Monica Rating: 4.0 Pearls

It's best known for its sexy bar and pool scenes, but the Viceroy boasts substance as well: friendly service, an environmental conscience, and clean, comfortable rooms, many with ocean views. There's even a library. The competition is stiff in Santa Monica, however, so be sure to check out rates at the many alternatives before booking here.

Hotel Oceana Santa Monica

Hotel Oceana Santa Monica Rating: 4.0 Pearls

Small, intimate, and beautiful, this Santa Monica hotel more than compensates for its lack of on-site features -- no spa, a long walk to the beach -- with great design in its large rooms, a welcoming atmosphere cultivated by personal service, and a relaxed, low-key vibe unmatched by its luxury rivals Fairmont Miramar, Shutters on the Beach, and Casa Del Mar.

The Ambrose

The Ambrose Rating: 3.5 Pearls

This 77-room, midrange boutique hotel is one of the most environmentally focused hotels in Southern California. While it mostly caters to business travelers, if you're an Earth-loving tourist who doesn't mind staying inland, it's a fantastic, Zen-like alternative to Santa Monica's enormous beachfront hotels, like the Loews, Le Marigot, or the Miramar.

The Georgian Hotel

The Georgian Hotel Rating: 3.5 Pearls

Picturesque Art Deco boutique hotel with a commanding view of the sea (from the sunny front porch, but not all rooms), the Georgian is a classy retreat with lovely rooms (last renovated in 2008) and gracious service. But with no pool or spa and a tiny fitness center, it can't measure up to the best Santa Monica small hotels.

Venice On The Beach Hotel

Venice On The Beach Hotel Rating: 2.5 Pearls

The pastel pink Venice on the Beach Hotel is a good budget option for families and couples who want to enjoy a beach vacation in Los Angeles without spending a lot of money or enduring a long drive from the airport. As at many small hotels, there isn't much to do on-site, but the neighborhoods of Venice and Santa Monica are loaded with options and activities. Be warned -- parking is severely limited. The nearby Inn at Venice Beach is definitely more stylish and has private parking, but lacks direct beach access.


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