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Ah, Southern California. The land of dependable warmth, bright blue skies and balmy breezes is also home to a crop of charming small hotels and inns. Consider one of these five spots in and around Los Angeles for your next West Coast getaway. Just don’t forget the sunscreen.



A renovated turn-of-the-century building once used as a brothel has been turned into The Rose Hotel, a chic but low-key inn thanks to its fashion photographer proprietor. Request a second-floor room with a terrace to catch some spectacular sunset views.

The Rose Hotel, 15 Rose Ave., Venice; 310-450-3474 or


Marina Del Rey

The newly renovated Marina Del Rey Hotel is your waterfront spot in this sleepy little berg, which is a great place to enjoy the warmth and friendliness of Southern California without pretense (that means never taking off your flip-flops).

13534 Bali Way, Marina Del Rey; 310-946-0762 or


Santa Monica

Velvet upholstery, fanciful wallpaper and lawn bowling are among the draws at Palihouse Santa Monica, where you can enjoy a sophisticated drink in the lobby under soaring beams, then take a five-minute walk to the beach.

Palihouse Santa Monica, 1001 Third St., Santa Monica; 310-394-1279 or


West Hollywood

It used to be a clothing-optional inn, but now the San Vicente Bungalows is an Instagram-worthy oasis complete with courtyard rooms that open to a sweet pool.

San Vicente Bungalows, 845 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood; 310-854-6915 or


Joshua Tree

Sometimes, you just have to get away from it all. And when you do, to drive out into the Mojave Desert and stay at Mojave Sands. This 1950s-era motel has no TVs, to encourage stargazing instead.

Mojave Sands, 62121 Twentynine Palms Hwy., Joshua Tree; 760-799-1603 or

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