This charming New England-style B&B is another one for winding down rather than sightseeing. Not only is it about a half-hour drive from Los Angeles’ major sights (though less than 10 minutes from LAX), it deserves your full attention—and you deserve its soothing ways. I found it an ideal recharging station between bursts of frenetic activity in L.A. and points south. The inn stands at the edge of the Ballona Wetlands, a bird sanctuary separating Playa del Rey from Ballona Creek and Marina del Rey just beyond. White linens and slipcovers, along with fresh breezes admitted by the many large windows, create a bright, airy environment. Guest rooms range from standard queens to a grand suite and offer various combinations of marina or sanctuary views, fireplaces, Jacuzzi tubs, and sun-soaked decks. You can walk to the beach at the end of the street or check out a bicycle and follow the nearby 30-mile-long coastal path. Fun fact: The old horse ring slowly being reclaimed by the wetlands just beneath the inn’s windows was used by Elizabeth Taylor while filming “National Velvet.”
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Inn at Playa del Rey
435 Culver Blvd (1.1 mi. west of Lincoln Blvd.,/Hwy. 1), Playa del Rey
Our Rating Neighborhood Santa Monica and the Beaches Transportation From Lincoln Blvd./Hwy. 1, turn west on W. Jefferson Blvd., which becomes Culver Boulevard. Phone 310/574-1920 Prices $205–$385 double; from $335 suite Amenities Bikes; Jacuzzi; business center; free Wi-Fi Units 21 units Web site Inn at Playa del Rey Other Rates include full breakfast and afternoon wine and cheese. Free parking.Book a Room Now
Map435 Culver Blvd Los Angeles
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