From Santa Barbara to Palm Springs, These New Hotels Are the New Kids on the Block
Written By: Charlotte Farrell New Hotels Southern California
Trust us on this one…book the Deluxe King Suite at the Shade Hotel in Redondo Beach. Aside from the stellar amenities like a rooftop aquadeck and relaxation pool, complimentary beach cruisers, yoga and more, the rooms are in a league of their own. The King Suite, in particular, features a deep bathtub on the patio so you can watch the sunset while soaking your aches and troubles away (or close the curtain for more privacy), two televisions, a Tempur-Pedic mattress and a sleeper sofa. Munch on drool-worthy California coastal cuisine next to the marina from their onsite restaurant, Sea Level. It is one stay you won’t soon forget.
Shade Hotel Redondo Beach
655 N Harbor Dr
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
The luxury-style, intimate hotel in the Century Corridor is the perfect place to rest your weary head before an early morning takeoff. The H Hotel is a part of the massive LAX expansion that is happening at the moment, and don’t expect the usual airport hotel. The H has 168 rooms and features a high-design concept that will provide travellers with a more unique and memorable experience. Enjoy ultra-high room ceilings, panoramic runway views and the only open sky deck which overlooks the incoming planes and runways. The H Hotel wants to change the way you think about airport hotels, as they are also investing heavily into a major program for artists who have been given the challenge of creating art using the location and theme as a starting point for their work. Sounds like a stroke of genius!
Native Knowledge: Lest we forget, the hotel has distinctive features such as a transfer lounge and relay robots—yes, you read that correctly—that deliver goods and services to guests.
6151 West Century Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045
We know Santa Barbara is right on the border of central and southern Cali, but we like to claim it as ours! Located next to the legendary Funk Zone in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, the highly anticipated Hotel Californian is a refreshing new addition. Celebrity A-list designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard was the creative genius behind the spot, combining bespoke elements with the quintessential California Spanish Colonial architecture. The 121-room coastal retreat includes beautiful gardens and open plazas with water features, a stunning rooftop pool and event deck with unobstructed views of both the coastline and the Santa Ynez Mountains, a luxury Moroccan-inspired spa, fashion boutique and casual yet distinctive dining options. Sign us up!
Native Knowledge: The hotel is just walking distance from the Pacific Ocean and the Amtrak Station.
36 State St
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Although the Lido House hotel is in the middle of some finishing touches, it will be an amazing addition to the area. The poppin’ Lido Marina Village is within walking distance, and the legendary beaches of Newport are just a beach ball’s throw away. The Cape Cod-inspired design will take you to a whole new level of upscale coastal living. Sit back, relax, eat some fine fare at the onsite restaurant, The Mayor’s Table, get a massage at their Boost Spa and let your troubles drift away.
Native Knowledge: Here comes the bride! Their meeting space, event pavilion and rooftop lawns offer picturesque ocean-views, amazing for a gala or wedding.
3300 Newport Blvd
Newport Beach, CA 92663
As the tallest building west of Chicago, The InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown is a sight to behold. Seventy-three stories make up this glistening behemoth, with a sophisticated edgy design that fits just right in the buzzing urban atmosphere that is so iconically DTLA. Take a dip in the pool, work off some extra calories at their fitness center or set yourself amidst the clouds at rooftop bar Spire 73, the tallest open-air bar in the western hemisphere. The culinary scene is undeniably top-notch as well. We’re talking a steakhouse, sushi spot, a farm-to-fork international marketplace and a luxurious lobby lounge for light bites. Bon appetit!
Native Knowledge: Experience their complimentary luxury car service, which is on deck to drive guests to any location within one and a half miles of the hotel.
2151 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Palm Springs is booming, and the Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs is just another gorgeous addition to the Downtown scene. After spending the day exploring the town or the gorgeous, mountainous scenery, head back to the hotel to take in some of the amenities that will make your experience especially restorative. The spot boasts the only rooftop bar and pool, so you can get that California tan with an upscale twist. Be sure to check out the two onsite restaurants, 4Saints and Juniper Table, led by Executive Chef Stephen Wambach in his effort to bring even more dynamic flavors to desert.
Native Knowledge: Forgot something? Just ask! The hotel will provide you with necessities like a phone charger, deodorant, nail clippers and more.
100 W Tahquitz Canyon Wy
Palm Springs, CA 92262
It’s been open for only three months now, but The Dream lives up to its name. Trendy doesn’t begin to justify how cool and oh-so-LA this hotel is, and it is something you have to experience for yourself to truly understand why celebs are flocking to this spot. A gym designed by celebrity -trainer Gunnar Peterson? The Highlight Room and rooftop pool scene? Pet-friendly rooms? Four uber-cool onsite dining options? The Insta-opportunities are endless.
Native Knowledge: Midnight munchies? They offer 24-hour in-room dining!
6417 Selma Ave
Hollywood, CA 90028
Hollywood gets another addition to its list of gorgeous new hotels. Just blocks away from big attractions in the area, The Kimpton Everly is a swanky locale made for anyone who wants to have the ultimate Hollywood getaway in this urban oasis. Get your swim on at the rooftop pool, ride around in style on a complimentary bike, get some delicious fare at Jane Q and have a cocktail at the Ever Bar. It’s the perfect way to take in the sights like a star!
Native Knowledge: Get some zen, as each room comes with a yoga mat.
1800 Argyle Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028
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