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

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 And while you'll get more space -- unusually large standard rooms are 435 square feet -- they have outdated, staid decor.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.


Near Manhattan Beach, a few miles from LAX

Map of Ayres Hotel Manhattan Beach

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

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Key Features
Fitness Center
Hotel Services
Dry Cleaning
Free Breakfast
Rental Car Service Desk Onsite
Room Service
Family Services
Babysitting Services
Kids Allowed
Things to Do
Business Center
Fitness Center
Located on the Beach
Room Features
Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space
14400 Hindry Avenue, Hawthorne, California 90250, United States
Phone (310) 536-0400
Also Known As
  • Ayres Hotel at Hawthorne / Manhattan Beach / LAX
  • Ayres Hotel Hawthorne
  • Ayres Hotel Hawthorne Manhattan Beach
Room Types
  • Deluxe Room
  • Executive Suite
  • Junior Suite
  • King Courtyard Room

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