L.A.'s finest family-friendly hotel is also a great choice for anybody looking for comfortable accommodations, an A-1 Santa Monica location, outstanding service, and a wealth of first-rate facilities. Loews isn't exactly beachfront—it's on a hill less than a block away—but the ocean views are fabulous. The dramatic atrium lobby with its playful SoCal style serves as a great backdrop for the spectacular ocean views. Guest rooms have an inviting, contemporary style in light, earthy colors. But the best news is still the top-rated facilities, which include an excellent heated pool, plus the fitness center and spa with a state-of-the-art gym, yoga and Pilates classes, health and fitness counseling, and a full slate of spa and salon services. The Ocean & Vine restaurant offers California farm-to-table cuisine and sushi, plus paired wines. The Lobby Bar is a classy spot for a drink. Resort fee warning: $25 a night.