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8 Small but Sumptuous Staycation Spots in SoCal That’ll Have You Swooning

Add These to Your Staycation Bucket List

Travelers often fall back on well-worn choices when it comes to where they stay. Chain hotels and their redundant designs feel familiar, but the uniqueness and attention to detail at a boutique hotel may leave you pleasantly surprised. We’ve compiled a list of eight unrivaled staycation spots in Southern California that capture the very essence of local charm. Southern California Boutique Hotels


1 | Neighborhood Nook

ARRIVE Palm Springs

Vibe: Modern, youthful

Hip and millennial-friendly, ARRIVE Palm Springs presents a comfortable stay stripped of stodgy hotel formalities. Everything (including check-in) can be done via text message! And in an effort to keep things current, the property recently received a refresh that included modifications to the property’s stylish pool deck, featuring brand new loungers and cabanas! Kick back and revel in the surrounding panoramic mountain views and take full advantage of the pool’s updated menu of frozen cocktails and tasty bites! And when you’ve soaked up enough sun, retreat to one of ARRIVE’s chic and comfortable rooms, complete with king beds with Egyptian cotton bedding, marble-accented bathrooms, rain showers, plush robes and Malin & Goetz bath products. Guests can even order room service! From the moment you arrive, you’ll know why you picked ARRIVE.

1551 N Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262

Southern California Boutique Hotels

2 | Isn’t It Swell 

The Surfbreak Hotel

Vibe: Coastal, relaxed

This charming hotel in the heart of San Clemente offers staycationers a laid-back, beachy escape. Ocean-esque accents and airy rooms capture the essence of the small “Village by the Sea.” Enjoy a cocktail on your private balcony, then take a stroll down Avenida Del Mar for a taste of local cuisine.

The Surfbreak Hotel
1819 S El Camino Real
San Clemente, CA 92672



3 | Soulful Stay 

Hotel Joaquin

Vibe: Chic, bohemian

Nestled above Shaw’s Cove in Laguna Beach, this petite resort combines craftsman design and coastal, vintage decor for the perfect breezy escape. White walls, wood accents, lush greenery and vinyl record players give this upcycled beach motel a midcentury attitude that you’ll never want to bid farewell. 

Hotel Joaquin
985 N Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Southern California Boutique Hotels

4 | Total Gem 

The Pearl Hotel

Vibe: Midcentury, hip

Built in 1959 by local architect Robert Platt, The Pearl Hotel harkens back to an era of posh, Hollywood glamour. The property’s 23 rooms are outfitted with wood and linen textiles in pastel hues, giving the interior an old-school Cali feel. Take a dip in the iconic oyster-shaped pool and explore the urban delights of nearby Little Italy!

The Pearl Hotel
1410 Rosecrans St
San Diego, CA 92106


5 | Colonial Charm 

The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows

Photography Provided By: JMW Photography

Vibe: 50’s glam, retro

This historic, whimsical hotel oozes old-school charm and once served as a 1940s hideaway for the Hollywood glitterati. Red brick walls and colonial-style pillars define a grand entrance to the lobby, and just one day spent at the famed, Olympic-sized Weissmuller Pool will have you feeling like a star.

The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows
2223 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA 92104

Southern California Boutique Hotels

6 | Easy, Breezy

The Surfrider Hotel, Malibu

Vibe: Stylish, minimalistic

Make yourself at home at this reimagined 1950s motel stationed across the street from the world-famous Surfrider Beach. The airy, light-filled interior is made of natural materials—including limestone and teak—and is filled with local art, making this Malibu spot a must-stay.

The Surfrider Malibu
23033 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265


7 | Ritzy & Refined

Santa Monica Proper

Vibe: Elegant, sophisticated

Situated on sun-drenched Wilshire Blvd, this waterfront resort warmly welcomes guests with sandy, neutral tones and textures of the local coastline. Soak up the sun on the rooftop pool deck, enjoy cocktails at a variety of outdoor eateries and lounges or experience Eastern-inspired wellness at the hotel’s Surya Spa.

Santa Monica Proper
700 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Southern California Boutique Hotels

8 | Desert Delight

Sands Hotel & Spa

Photography By: Sands Hotel and Spa

Vibe: Vibrant, tropical

Royal palms, ceramic tiles and Moroccan-inspired interiors make this Indian Wells retreat oh-so-Insta-worthy. Whether you’re dining at The Pink Cabana, a ‘50s-style Mediterranean restaurant, or you’re enjoying views of the mountains from your balcony, there is so much to revel in at this chic bohemian resort.

Sands Hotel & Spa
44985 Province Way
Indian Wells, CA 92210

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