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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.

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Venice

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 therosehotelvenice.com

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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 pacificahotels.com

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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 palihousesantamonica.com

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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 thesanvicenteinn.com

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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 mojavesands.com

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