There’s a case to be made that the popular image of LA has it all wrong. It’s a vast, sprawling, crowded city, in most places hardly the oasis of mellowness it’s commonly suspected of being. Santa Monica, however, is exactly that oasis of mellowness — it’s got the beach, the pier, the promenade, and it’s got hotels like the newly-refurbished all-suite Oceana.
Here, unlike a lot of urban boutique hotels, you’ll find nothing edgy at all. Colors are sunny and soft, the interiors homey and contemporary, and small comforts are plentiful: huge plasma televisions, plush robes, classic marble bathrooms. Some suites come with balconies facing the Pacific and jacuzzi tubs, and some include work areas and/or well-stocked kitchens; all are spacious bordering upon palatial.
There’s a pool in the courtyard, and the beach is just across the road, something that’s not true of all that many LA-area hotels. On site is the Ocean Lounge restaurant, as well as a fitness center and spa — and nearby is Main Street Santa Monica, as well as the Third Street Promenade, where you’ll find more shops and restaurants than you know what to do with. If it’s edgy and urban you’re after, we know a rooftop hotel bar in downtown LA that’s got your name on it. But if it’s chilled-out Southern California relaxation you’re looking for, you need look no further.
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