The Best Los Angeles Staycations Just Got Even Better

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Rooftop sunset at the Fairmont Miramar Beach hotel in Santa Monica, CA

Lisa Romerein

Los Angeles is already the unofficial staycation capital of the country. In the land of perennial summer, sandwiched between mountain and ocean, the temptation to take time away from work is real and forever beckoning along the sun-soaked horizon. Thanks to a series of new openings and offers, your ultimate L.A. staycation is more enticing than ever.

Take a look at what’s happening in Santa Monica these days, for starters. The historic Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows has long enjoyed its status here as a beachside hideaway for locals and tourists, alike. This year the property is celebrating its centennial with the addition of Soko—an intimate sushi pop-up helmed by chef Masa Shimakawa. The 8-seat venue is tucked away in a secluded corner of the hotel’s lobby and will showcase a concise combination of fresh fish specialities including nigiri a la carte and a shareable platter of bluefin tuna. Later in the year, the lobby bar will introduce a martini cart so that you can cherish the ritual of the classic cocktail’s preparation tableside. All of this adjoins an already-vibrant food and beverage scene anchored by FIG, which is lowkey firing up some of the better oven-roasted pizza in the city. And, of course, The Bungalow—a scene unto itself. Room rates start at $409 during the summer season.

A selection of nigiri and handrolls at the newly opened Soko Sushi

Fairmont Miramar Sushi

Just south of Santa Monica, the Venice V recently opened, billing itself as a beachfront lifestyle hotel. Formerly a residence for early 20th Century Hollywood stars, the compound has been restored and re-envisioned as a hub for today’s “digital nomads.” So the Wi-Fi is speedy and the plug-ins a-plenty. Bright rooms with brick facades directly overlook the sand, affording a postcard Southern California view. The most modest rates at the three-star property begin at $209 (sans panorama).

For those seeking to trade shore for the stereotypical L.A. city vibe, it doesn’t get any more hip than The West Hollywood Edition. A modern, minimalist shrine rising gracefully above the heart of the Sunset Strip, it features a rooftop pool with wide views spanning the Hollywood Hills on down into the sprawling cityscape below. An ideal place to drink-in golden hour...with mezcal margaritas in hand, of course. Book your stay starting at $439.

Once the night arrives, you won't even have to leave the property to keep the vibes flowing. Ardor effortlessly stands as one of Los Angeles’ most essential dining oases. It’s like stepping into your own dimly-lit forest fairyland, a mere steps away from the hustle-bustle of West Hollywood. Standouts from Michelin-starred chef John Fraser’s playful menu include tandoor carrots caked in pine nuts, a trio of artfully-rendered ceviches and tender lamb slathered with blueberry mostarda. Don’t sleep on the Japanese-style milk bread starter, either. Nor the agave-focused cocktails conceived by beverage director Amy Racine. Her preparations are each named simply by the color their respective flavors might inspire.

The terrace at Ardor, inside the West Hollywood EDITION

Nikolas Koenig

For many Angelenos these days, the booming downtown scene (DTLA) is providing a novel, cosmopolitan diversion. A slew of new and updated hotel experiences in the area allow them to experience in a more intimate fashion. Hotel Figueroa is a strong example of such. Originally opened in 1926 as one of the region’s only hostels for women, it underwent extensive redesign in 2018, emerging as a stunning hybrid of Spanish Colonial splendor and contemporary class.

This summer the property welcomed a duo of culinary offerings, meant to emphasize the al fresco charm of dining poolside, under the skyline. La Casita and Driftwood Pool & Sundeck are each offering food and drink inspired by the coastal traditions of Baja Mexico—by way of the Mediterranean. Confused? Pair a grilled shrimp taco alongside an ice-cold negroni and it will all make sense. Live music enhances the mood further still. And even if you’re not staying overnight, you can snag your spot under the sun with an afternoon “daycation pass” starting at $55.

If you’re still thirsty for more in the area, wait a few weeks for the highly-anticipated opening of the Downtown L.A. Proper. Originally a private club frequented by Hollywood icons from the Golden Age of cinema, designer Kelly Wearstler preserves this storied past across a 148-room boutique property which will surely resonate with local creatives. And speaking of local creatives, celebrated chef Suzanne Goin and restaurateur Caroline Style will team up to create the latest downtown dining destination.

Whether on staycation or just an old-fashioned vacation, few cities offer the sort of dynamic escapism awaiting you in Los Angeles, right now.

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