Marina Del Rey is the new Santa Monica
Your weekend getaway is this L.A.-adjacent harbor village
Let’s face it: Santa Monica gets all the love (see Palihouse, The Albright). For a less obvious staycation, we say you give Marina Del Rey a go. Think of MDR as the underappreciated “Jan” to Santa Monica’s more popular “Marcia”; it’s a place better known for its small-craft harbor than celebrity-packed boîtes. And that’s why we like it--especially with the plans we have for the weekend, spelled out here.
Crash at the newly renovated and reopened Marina Del Rey Hotel, which looks more like The Standard than an old-school harbor hotel from the ’60s. Book a room overlooking the marina and pencil in ample infinity pool and sundeck time. Bonus: As part of its grand opening, the hotel is offering rooms for 25 percent off.
13534 Bali Way, Marina Del Rey; 310-946-0762 or pacificahotels.com
Sit on the outdoor terrance and have a drink before dinner--Scottish salmon on a potato emulsion with grilled king oyster mushrooms and tarragon butter--at Salt, the hotel's just-opened farmers’ market-driven restaurant from globe-trotting star chef Mark Gold.
13534 Bali Way Marina Del Rey; 424-289-8223 or pacificahotels.com/salt