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Top 10 Best Beach Hotels In Los Angeles

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With Los Angeles full of a myriad of different types of hotels from downtown to the beach, deciding where to reserve a room to rest your pretty little head can be daunting. With many offering terrific amenities, it can be tough to choose the right option. While many come to LA with the goal of seeing the sights and sounds of Hollywood, or the glitz and glamour of Beverly Hills and West Hollywood, there are others who come to spend their time around the beautiful beaches this great city has to offer. Whether you're just visiting, looking for a place for your staycation or simply hanging out at the hotel for brunch, we've rounded up the best hotels in Los Angeles by the beach.

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Shutters on the Beach
1 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 458-0030

Welcome to the ultimate beach house. With it's luxurious California vibe and traditional New England feel, Shutters on the Beach tops the list when it comes to surf side hotels in Santa Monica. The hotel, which sits on Santa Monica Beach, comes complete with sweeping and beautiful views of the beach, bike riders and the famed Santa Monica pier. A Shutters getaway very well could be considered the quintessential California dream escape to those looking for just the right amount of opulence. Whether you come to sit by the pool which overlooks the beach and Pacific ocean, get a spa treatment at ONE the Spa, eat at one of the terrific restaurants overlooking the water and beach, or all of the above, Shutters On The Beach has everything one would ever want from a beach hotel. Complete with Adeline Adeline for Kate Spade beach cruisers, surf lessons with Blue Rider Surf and a Tesla S P85 house car available for complimentary drop offs, chances are you've never seen Santa Monica like this before. Within moments, Shutters is going to become your favorite place to do nothing and everything all at the same time.

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Malibu Beach Inn
22878 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265
(310) 456-6444

There is a calm in Malibu that cannot be explained and it must be felt first-hand. Along the seashore in a section referred to as "Billionaire's Beach", sits the Malibu Beach Inn boutique hotel. Just a short drive from Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and LAX, in under an hour it's possible to be transported from the hustle and bustle of chaotic city life, to serene sounds of the surf and sand. In addition to on-site spa treatments, and hiking trails near the hotel, water sports are available within minutes of the property. Hungry? For a beautiful outdoor dining experience, sit outside on the ocean view terrace at the Carbon Beach Club at sunset which sits directly on the water.

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Terranea Resort
100 Terranea Way
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
(310) 265-2800

Upon arriving onto the 102-acre private peninsula paradise where the hotel sits, it is understandable why Terranea Resort is considered Los Angeles' premier oceanfront getaway. With three sides of the property surrounded by the peaceful waves of the Pacific, this luxury eco-resort offers everything beyond your typical beach property including residential-style accommodations (in addition to traditional guest rooms and suites), a nine-hole, par-three golf course, the Spa at Terranea, three ocean-view pools as well as a collection of eight distinctive restaurants, bars, cafe's and lounges. The California family friendly resort also offers their Aqua-Terra Adventures package where you can explore the world of marine life from a kayak or paddle board. Terranea (pronounced: terra-NAY-a) will even arrange fishing trips, surf lessons, or falconry at your request.

Casa Del Mar Pool

Casa Del Mar
1910 Ocean Way
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 581-5533

Shhhh! Hear that? Not only is it the delicate sound of waves crashing on the beach, but it is mixed with tones of silence, sanity and relaxation. Just a short walk to the Santa Monica Pier, and steps from the sand, guests immediately notice and appreciate the hotel's ideal location. The hotel, which sits directly on Santa Monica Beach, features breathtaking views of the beach and the Pacific Ocean whether you're in your room or eating at one of their terrific restaurants or their lounge. If you want to get outside, choose to lay by their beautiful and relaxing pool which also overlooks the beach or take a stroll to the sand of the Pacific Ocean which is only about 5 footsteps from the hotel. Aside from a select few, Casa Del Mar is one of the only hotels in LA with a pool which overlooks the beach itself. Casa Del Mar makes it possible to have a truly peaceful stay at the beach without having to endure the pandemonium of being in the center of a beach city as well. Delivering an exceptional level of service throughout the hotel, restaurants and Sea Wellness Spa, the true gem are the beautifully decorated guest rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows looking out into the horizon.

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Viceroy Santa Monica
1819 Ocean Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 260-7500

Located on the corner of Swank and Sophistication, the Viceroy Santa Monica is where chic meets British-Regency. This Kelly Wearstler designed refuge is chock-full of luxury in a land of beach-chic. In-room amenities like Beauty Bars featuring full-sized spa products is just one of the many small touches that make this property a must for trendsetters. The Viceroy Santa Monica does charge a small daily fee but it includes a glass of champagne upon arrival, daily Linus bicycle rentals, morning coffee and teas, a 10% discount at Cast, complimentary internet access, seasonal wellness programs and seasonal pool offerings such as towels, and a pool concierge. The hotel is directly across the street from the beach as well which makes it only a small walk. And, if you get a room on one of the mid-level or higher level floors, you'll have the perfect view of the Pacific Ocean.

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The Huntley Hotel
1111 Second Street
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 394-5454

Tuffed headboards, breathtaking ocean views, BVLGARI bath amenities, and chic decor make this the perfect place it's for jetsetters to stay and play at The Huntley Hotel. When we say play, of course we mean enjoying the views from on top of the world at The Penthouse Restaurant & Lounge. With breathtaking views of the ocean, The Penthouse Restaurant & Lounge is the quintessential setting to experience views of the Pacific where you can enjoy a sunset dinner or Sunday morning champagne brunch. In addition, enjoy The Huntley's "Suite Escape" package which comes complete with a generous food & beverage credit for each night you spend, unlimited in-room movies and late-check out. Guests of the non-smoking hotel also enjoy the benefits of a 24-hour concierge team, complimentary daily newspaper and shoe shine service.

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Shade Hotel
1221 N Valley Dr
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 546-4995

Manhattan Beach is quickly becoming a trendy vacation hotspot in LA, and Shade Hotel is where those "in the know" are booking their next stay. The area's only luxury boutique hotel, Shade Hotel is only two blocks from the the beach and minutes from the Manhattan Beach Pier and The Strand. With a concierge that is ready and willing to help make all your requests become realities throughout your stay, including, assisting with reservations, tours, transportation and suggestions of what you must experience while visiting Los Angeles this summer, it's no wonder why more and more are flocking to experience this great beach hotel.

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The Shore Hotel
1515 Ocean Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 458-1515

With unobstructed views of the Santa Monica Pier from the balcony (or glass enclosed shower,) of your room, The Shore Hotel on Ocean Avenue, delivers eco-conscious luxe accommodations. The hotel, which sits on the north side of Ocean Ave., comes complete with terrific views of the beach as well as luxury amenities. The LEED-certified hotel offers modern guest rooms, with state-of-the art amenities across from the sand and walking distance to downtown Santa Monica. Once the sunset arrives, enjoy a cocktail poolside before having a bite at Mexican restaurant, Blue Plate Taco. But make sure not to leave before ordering a fried fresh churro with crema and caramel because it is great.

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Hotel Erwin
1697 Pacific Ave
Venice Beach, CA 90291
(310) 452-1111

Located in Venice Beach with terrific views of the beach and ocean, the colorful Hotel Erwin is exactly what you expect (and hope for) when you are planning to spend a few nights in Venice Beach. Promising a stay "filled with surprises, from check-in to check out," including complimentary fitness passes for Gold's Gym, YAS Fitness Center and Exhale Mind Body spa, you really can't pass up one of their suites or ocean view rooms. Aside from sweeping views of the glimmering water of the Pacific from the High Lounge, rooms in the hotel also offer similar breathtaking views. Additionally, the property perfectly captures the personality of the Venice Beach culture in every room, and the staff is ready to jump at the chance to help curate a one-of-a-kind "VB vacay". Side note: Barlo Kitchen & Cocktails is a fantastic spot for burgers, but High Rooftop Lounge is where you'll want to be come happy hour.

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Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows
101 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 576-7777

Impressing even the most seasoned travelers, it is hard to pass up the specialty suites and bungalows at Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows. While the hotel is not on the beach, it lies directly across the street on Ocean Avenue and features stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. And, unlike other beach hotels in the area, The Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows offers a unique amenity for its guests. Complimentary and available only to hotel guests, the hotel offers guests the opportunity to enjoy all the activities the Santa Monica beaches have to offer in their own private area on Santa Monica beach exclusive to the hotel. Providing complimentary games and activities including beach volleyball, boogie boards, as well as buckets and pails for kids to build their ultimate sand castle, the Miramar Beach Club is the perfect amenity for any beachside hotel. Once you've been escorted from the hotel to the beach in the hotel's top-less Jeep Wrangler, you'll enjoy the sun by sunbathing on lounge chairs under yellow and white striped parasols while you eat from the hotel's full beach menu. Each room in the hotel with it's own style and energy, truly define California living at it's finest. And then there is Bungalow One, a 2,500 sq. ft. newly renovated bungalow complete with 3 bedrooms and 3 3/4 baths, overlooking Miramar Gardens. The three-bedroom suite comes with limited custom designed Michael Berman furniture throughout and also features art collections by Joanna Burke, personalized Le Labo bath amenities and ViSpring beds with Shetland wool, raw silk and cashmere bamboo.

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Nicole Standley a.k.a. JetSet Mom, is a social influencer + lifestylist covering luxury travel, fine-dining, fashion & pop culture for The JetSet Family. Follow her latest travels and escapades on Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.
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