Santa Monica: L.A.’s Micro City
By Jessica Flint and Amanda Friedman, Departures
Everything that’s new and cool at the beach—now without the traffic to get there
An alternative to big beach hotels, the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows has 31 bungalows, which were redone by interior designer Michael Berman last year. The only cottages on L.A.’s Westside, they are residential in feel. We like the bi-level one-bedrooms, like No. 24; the three-bedroom bungalow No. 1 is ideal for families. Bungalows from $450; 101 Wilshire Blvd.; 310-576-7777; fairmont.com.