A friend of mine was looking for superb LA hotels for her son’s spring break, so I compiled a list of some of the best and thought I’d share it here (You are welcome!).
My first suggestion is to stay close to the beach if you are vacationing at LA with a child. My all-time favorite hotel in LA is the Sunset Tower in Hollywood, but I’ve never visited as a “vacationer.” Most times when I go, I’m trying to squeeze in some quality time with friends who all live and work in the city. But that’s beside the point, this hotel is terrific in the true sense of the word. My friends and I love the bar and restaurant which serves as our central meeting point. Be that as it may, I wouldn’t recommend it for family vacations. So, where would I recommend? Any nice rental property or hotel in Santa Monica or Venice is just perfect — because they are just a few steps away from the beach, the Santa Monica Pier, and the Abbot Kinney (which harbors some of my favorite places to eat) .
Venice Beach Eco-Cottages: Second on my list are these charming and captivating one-bedroom cottages with a 3 night minimum offering. Prices range from $215-250 per night. There is a wonderful farmer’s market you can shop groceries from and cook a fantastic meal at home.
Shutters: Next on my list is Shutters, which though, a people’s favorite, is my least desired spot in LA. It costs a fortune to stay here and it is mostly unavailable (ever the most sought-after hotel). A great alternative to Shutters and the Venice Beach Eco-cottages is the Loew’s Santa Monica. It has a slight advantage over the latter because of its pool. While Loew’s is nowhere near cheap, it is an upscale and massive hotel that offers a mileage program to get a free night (We haven’t actually stayed here yet).
Hotel Oceana Santa Monica: This had to be on my list because of its scenic location and mesmerizing courtyard pool. We lodged here when Clara was a baby and I can tell it has witnessed some significant reformations and upgrades since then. Our friends have stayed here several times and love the relaxed and homey vibe it exudes.
The Viceroy: We stayed here several years ago, so I’m not in the best position to give a current review, but we had the most amazing time while we were there. The location and ambience were nothing short of superb. I particularly love the breakfast restaurant across the street. The hotel is just a street away from the beach and a walk from the pier.
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