There's nothing quite like staying in a hotel on the beach. Los Angeles beachfront hotels give visitors the quintessential LA experiences: sunbathing on pristine sand, people-watching from a private patio, cycling along The Strand. Beach hotels in Los Angeles turn vacations and business trips into something magical (like waking up to the smell of the ocean). So where do you start? These eight LA beach hotels are just a stone's throw away from LA's most popular beach spots.
Atmosphere: SoCal casual
What to Do: Ask the hotel to arrange a yoga session on the beach.
Details: The 96 loft-style suites with personal fireplaces, goose down comforters and romantic views of the Pacific Ocean at the Beach House give guests the laid-back warmth that Hermosa Beach is known for. Think amazing sunsets and beach-town atmosphere during the day. By night, hop into the many nightlife venues within easy walking distance of the hotel.
Atmosphere: Mediterranean comfort
What to Do: The concierge can hook you up with a local bait-and-tackle shop for fishing-equipment rentals or sportfishing day trips.
Details: This hotel’s light, soothing decor and optimal location overlooking the Cabrillo Marina make it the perfect place for a relaxing getaway. Just steps away from beach activities such as diving, windsurfing and sailing, the Doubletree Hotel San Pedro is also ideally situated near the Port of Los Angeles, where dozens of the world's finest cruise lines depart from the World Cruise Center.
Atmosphere: Chilled-out Venice hospitality
What to Do: Walk from the lobby to Venice Beach, one block away.
Details: Don't let the laid-back vibe fool you — the staff at this beachside hotel is known for going above and beyond guests' expectations. Relax at the rooftop bar or explore the boardwalk and beach of Venice, as well as the shops and restaurants not far away on Abbot Kinney Boulevard.
Atmosphere: Romantic getaway
What to Do: Take a stroll and enjoy the exclusivity of Carbon Beach in Malibu.
Details: With only 47 rooms, guests choose Malibu Beach Inn for the seclusion and serene luxury it offers. Located in an enclave surrounded by multimillion dollar homes, the hotel provides an oasis for a romantic visit.
Atmosphere: Affordable, but stylish
What to Do: Dine at The Lobster after strolling down the Third Street Promenade.
Details: The Ocean View Hotel offers ocean-view elegance at an affordable price, located just steps away from the beach. Amenities include free WiFi.
Atmosphere: Old-school luxurious
What to Do: Watch the sun go down on King Harbor and keep an eye out for dolphins and sea lions.
Details: After an $11 million renovation, this nautically themed hotel boasts richly appointed rooms and an awe-inspiring lobby. Floor-to-ceiling windows take advantage of the views, while activities on the beach keep you blissfully occupied during the day.
Atmosphere: Sleek and sustainable
What to Do: The hotel’s Green Concierge can suggest eco-friendly shops, fair trade coffee, organic restaurants and more.
Details: The Gold LEED-certified Shore Hotel features a stunning mix of modern and green design throughout the boutique property. Luxuriate in sustainable and locally sourced amenities, and enjoy unobstructed views of the ocean and the Santa Monica cityscape from your private balcony.
Atmosphere: Ralph Lauren-esque
What to Do: After relaxing on the beach, dive into the fun at the Santa Monica Pier.
Details: The rooms at this sunny hotel are filled with personal touches to make you feel at home (a very, very luxurious and comfortable home). Quilts, rich hardwoods, vintage side tables and cozy rugs come together for a sophisticated ambience.
Atmosphere: LA's own Riviera
What to Do: Play a few rounds on the oceanfront golf course.
Details: Set against the backdrop of the beautiful Pacific Ocean, the 582-room resort is where old-world charm meets fine luxury. From spectacular views of the California coastline to scenic hiking trails, the Terranea offers a true getaway from it all.
Atmosphere: Stylishly quirky
What to Do: Rent rollerblades or people watch on Venice’s famous boardwalk.
Details: This historic hotel sits right in the middle of Venice’s bustling array of street performers, artists, vendors and restaurants. The rooms here have turn-of-the-century style, featuring hardwood floors and vintage brick walls. With so many things to do and see, Venice Beach is one of the best places for a family vacation — and Venice Beach Suites fits right into the offbeat fun.