10 retro hotels in Los Angeles

Many travelers to Los Angeles are looking for a dose of nostalgia — a magical bygone era that evokes Tinseltown’s golden days. Even better is when you can bring that old-fashioned fun back to your hotel. That’s why we rounded up 10 retro properties in the City of Angels, from a motor hotel with neon lights to a throwback Beverly Hills icon with a beachy color palette. Ready for a time warp? The Standard HollywoodIf style, location and an affordable price tag are at the top of your wish list, welcome to The Standard Hollywood. Design-conscious, cash-strapped guests will get a lot for a little here — rooms that delightfully mix retro decor from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s (think silver beanbag chairs and Warhol flower-printed curtains), a 24-hour restaurant that’ll go easy on the wallet, and a top-notch address in the nightlife-centric Sunset Strip. All of this, plus a pool with a fun atmosphere and nightclub that thumps until the wee hours, draws a crowd made up of mainly singles and couples without children in tow. Hotel Shangri-La Santa MonicaOriginally built in 1939, the Hotel Shangri-La is built for those seeking a stylish oceanside getaway. For starters, the property’s Art Deco exterior resembles an elegant on-land cruise liner, thanks to its curved contours and gleaming white color. The subtle maritime motif makes cameo appearances throughout the hotel as well — the chic outdoor pool area features loungers with striped cushions lining the wooden deck, for example. In addition to the pool, checking into this boutique property will get you access to the well-equipped fitness center, cool rooftop bar, proximity to the beach, and bragging rights that you rested your head in a place where hotshots like Sean Penn, Bill Clinton and Madonna once spent the night. Seaview HotelWith a prime location and palatable price tag, the Seaview Hotel offers the best of both worlds. You can spot the 1950s Continue Reading

Nine Santa Monica hotels for a sunny SoCal experience

When many out-of-towners start California dreamin’, they’re likely imagining the sun, sand and surf of Santa Monica. From the iconic Santa Monica Pier to the abundant shopping and dining options on the Third Street Promenade, this SoCal jewel has long attracted families, couples and entertainment-industry stars. The high-end hotels and elegant coastal retreats have also played a major role in luring travelers. And while Santa Monica offers dozens of solid properties to pick from, here are nine that have particularly captured our attention. Casa del MarSurprising as it may be, Casa del Mar is one of only two hotels in Santa Monica that are located directly on the beach. This rare real estate is further enhanced by a pool with beach views, full-service spa, and opulent rooms with huge jetted tubs and tasteful decor. Another reason it one-ups other hotels in the area: In 2015, Obama White House designer Michael Smith gave the property a major makeover, resulting in a luxe atmosphere with loads of beachy details. But its story dates back much further than that. Originally built as a glamorous beach club in the 1900s, Casa del Mar has been a place where Hollywood A-listers and well-heeled locals have rubbed elbows for a long time (and now you can join the cool club, too). Oceana Beach Club HotelIf you’re searching for a Santa Monica hotel that’s a bit less of a high-powered hideaway for Hollywood hotshots, check into the relaxed and intimate Oceana Beach Club Hotel. A small number of rooms (70) means that staff has the time to offer personalized care for each guest. Expect a porter to take your bags upon arrival, a doorman to hold the door, and everyone to be trained to act as a concierge. Plus, rooms are airy and spacious, with homey touches like coffee-table books and potted plants. It’s this sort of welcoming atmosphere that compensates for the lack of on-site amenities (you won’t find a spa here, and expect to walk 10 to 15 Continue Reading