11 LA Hotels For When You Need a Staycation Reset

By Lizbeth Scordo and Danielle Dorsey, Thrillist LA

After staying close to home for the last year, not only do we know all of our neighbors by name, but we can now walk our surrounding streets backwards and blindfolded without a problem. Suffice to say, we’re all ready for a change of scenery, and with California preparing to fully reopen, it’s an impulse we can once again act upon.

Thankfully, we don’t need to go far to reset with relaxing ocean landscapes, peaceful zen-like hills, or even a glitzy, over-the-top quintessentially LA stay. And to make it even more tempting to ditch your bed for one you don’t have to make up in the morning, many hotels offer discounts and other incentives for locals in need of a staycation. Whether you’re simply looking for a new neighborhood to prowl or if you’re a tourist who wants to make the most of your stay, here are our favorite hotels around Los Angeles and everything you need to do if you decide to leave your room:

Santa Monica

Think of this famous LA enclave as a quintessential SoCal coastal town on steroids. It’s home to a blissfully big beach, amusement-filled pier, increasingly excellent restaurant scene, live music venues, one of the best farmers markets in all the land, and Larry David. It’s also a nightmare for drivers, but if you take the Expo Line here you can easily go car-free all weekend long.

Where to stay: Fronting Ocean Avenue, the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows has surprisingly sprawling and lush grounds, anchored by the famous fig tree at the stately entrance along with luxe rooms, an intimate pool, and airy onsite restaurant Fig, which boasts a noteworthy happy hour Monday–Friday from 5–6pm where everything on the menu is half off. A couple of miles down the coast is the recently restored Venice V Hotel, Venice’s only beachfront lifestyle hotel that, in its previous iteration as The Waldorf, once hosted the likes of Charlie Chaplin. With picturesque ocean views from each of their rooms and themed suites that range from The Artist to The Athlete to The Sun Lover, The Venice V caters to LA’s creative nomads, providing the perfect setting for a personal artist retreat.

Things to do: You may have noticed there’s a very large beach here, and you can easily fill a whole weekend with boogie boarding, surf lessons, stand-up paddleboarding, or just beach bumming it. For fun on dry land, you can rent rollerblades or bikes and cruise the paved path that parallels the beach. You’ll need a car or Uber to get any hikes in, but they’re worth it; try the always-jamming Los Leones Trail in nearby Pacific Palisades, or the bite-size 2.6-mile Temescal Canyon Loop that gains a good 900 feet. On Saturday mornings, follow the crowds to Santa Monica’s monstrous Downtown Farmers Market, where you’ll see wandering white-coated chefs picking up seasonal produce; it butts up against the Third Street Promenade, which you can stroll afterwards for a retail fix of mainly big national names like Apple and Adidas. Whatever you do, make sure you stop by Santa Monica Pier for fair food, bumper cars, arcade games, and take a loop around the ferris wheel for a stellar sunset view. If you’re still hungry after your farmers market haul, head to Cassia’s historic art deco space for a seafood-driven dinner of Southeast Asia-meets-California dishes, then skip dessert and slip out for a sip and a cheese plate at the adjacent wine bar Esters. A bit further from the beach you can hit up newcomer Fia with a Coastal Cal-Ital Mediterranean menu served on a posh patio that’s covered in a clear tent come winter for dining under the night sky without the chill. Check out our full Santa Monica dining guide for more inspiration.

Source: Thrillist LA

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