Do you need to get away, but not too far? What you need is a staycation, and knowing where to stay in LA makes that tiny trip easy.
Whether you’re planning a relaxing weekend at the beach or a couple nights trying Los Angeles’ hottest restaurants, a staycation close to home is the antidote to the stress and the ho-hum of everyday life.
Shutters on the Beach
Perched just steps from the sand, Shutters on the Beach has the elegant coziness you’d expect from a friend’s beach house. You relax with a glass of coastal Chardonnay in the inviting lobby before heading to your ocean view suite. The decor in each room brings the beach inside, appointed with cool sea tones of blue and green, sophisticated yet comfortable furniture, and shutters that open to sweeping views of the Santa Monica Bay. Although it’s a challenge to leave the soaking tub, you eventually head for a yoga class on the sand before enjoying a shellfish platter at Coast, the hotel’s beachfront cafe.
Casa Del Mar
If you prefer a staycation that’s more like a private club without the membership, Casa Del Mar is where to stay in LA. Here, you begin your lazy weekend lounging by the beach-view pool and enjoying a massage, before heading back to your classically-appointed room to take a nap in the walnut, four-poster bed. The lobby’s Terrazza Lounge comes alive after dark. Your order a Moscow mule and listen to the live music while you share small plates from the raw bar. When you’re in the mood for romantic candlelit dining, you partake in views of the Santa Monica Pier’s Ferris wheel along with your fresh, raw Kumamoto oysters, as the coast surrounds you.
As you head back into town after an afternoon of shopping in Beverly Hills, you check into the Montage. The moment you step into the elegant lobby, you feel the ambiance: vintage Hollywood glamour meets European elegance. You relax in your luxe room—rich in modern comforts and the classic decor of a historic Beverly Hills estate—before heading to the hotel’s spa for a world-class facial treatment. After scoring the perfect dress, you reserve a private poolside cabana, savoring rooftop views of the Hollywood Hills. You and your dining partner order tempura fries, a refreshing salad, and a juicy gourmet burger at The Rooftop Grill to cap off a great day.
The London West Hollywood
For a staycation close to LA’s restaurant and club scene, The London West Hollywood offers iconic glamour and the allure of chic accommodations. You even catch sight of some celebrities at the screening room just off the lobby. Your day starts with the breakfast table at Boxwood Cafe, where you feast on delectable fruits and artisanal breads. You bring your tablet to the rooftop to read by the pool, taking a moment to enjoy the sweeping views of the hills. The concierge made you dinner reservations, and before you head out, you order a refreshing cocktail at The London Bar.
Avalon Beverly Hills
If your style is more boutique hotel with a stylish vibe, Avalon Beverly Hills offers your ideal getaway. The rooms and suites in the hotel’s Olympic, Canon, and Beverly buildings are all appointed with mod, retro furnishings. The adventure begins at Viviane for breakfast, with a Green Goddess smoothie and an egg white frittata. This is LA, after-all! You get in touch with your inner yogi with some poolside classes before booking a guided hike in Runyon Canyon. After a day of athletic fun, you watch the sunset beckon with a Manhattan in hand.