Almost straddling the iconic Santa Monica Pier, this contemporary hotel couldn't be better located for a long weekend spent soaking up LA's laid-back beach lifestyle. Epitomising Cali credentials, it's eco-conscious with sustainability at its core, while oceanfront rooms and a cool colour palette are an ode to clean coastal living. This is eclipsed by uninterrupted views of the Pacific, with balconies offering one of the most dramatic sunsets we've ever seen. A violet sky streaked with gold and silhouetted by black palms taught us why everyone goes on about the LA light - and had us shouting "it's LIT" at every opportunity.
Bright and spacious sea-facing rooms surround an enticing ground-floor pool. Inside, aqua tones and orange accents sand-coloured wood, bringing the outside in, which you can also do by opening your retractable glass doors. Sleek, white bathrooms feel fresh and the beds are notably comfortable.
What's for breakfast?
All the usual suspects are supplemented by a plethora of different juices - this is LA after all. Take it al-fresco by the pool and watch Santa Monica shake off its slumber.
How about lunch and dinner?
They don't have a restaurant, but there are plenty of dining options within walking distance. Head to boho darling Flower Child for a healthy breakfast or lunch, while for dinner it's got to be The Misfit, a hip farm-to-table restaurant offering innovative plates and craft cocktails close to the beach.
Is there a bar?
Yes, poolside. It's particularly atmospheric at night when the pool is lit up and surrounded by flares.
Fitness centre, business centre, pool, valet parking, free WiFi.
Things I should know
Every aspect of the hotel is environmentally friendly, using recyclable materials and solar power as far as possible.
Within a short walk I can find…
It really couldn't be better located whether you want the beach or a shopping mall. Rent a bike and cycle along the seafront to Venice Beach (about 2.5 miles) - if you're feeling punchy, get involved with a trapeze class at Muscle Beach.