Cart is empty
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.
You May Also Like
You know how you have that one incredible friend who knows their city inside out? That’s us. We take the world’s most dynamic destinations, hand-pick the best bits and give them to you in one place. This is the kind of guide that you don’t need to run by a local – it was written by one. Eat your heart out, shop until you drop, drink like a fish, dance your socks off, sleep – then repeat.
Embrace the adventurous appetite of the next generation with an annual subscription. SUITCASE Magazine challenges travel perceptions with thought-provoking photo journals, city guides and articles by award-winning international writers.
We'll tell you where you can find the perfect boutique hotel in Paris for under £150, if you tell us about the best dive bar in your city. Deal? Share your stories and photos with #SUITCASEtravels.