Credit: Hotel Milo
Credit: Hotel Milo

From Santa Monica to Seattle, Here’s Where to Stay This Summer For Every Type of Traveler

These 5 West Coast Hotels Are Summer Staycationer’s Dream

From warmer weather to longer days, summer is the ultimate season of travel, adventure, and new experiences. While some enjoy immersing themselves in nature with a classic camping trip, others prefer a more upscale and luxurious vacation. No matter what kind of traveler you are, the West Coast is full of dynamic cities and amazing hotels. From relaxing beachside retreats to modern city escapes, here are our top picks for where to travel and stay this summerWest Coast Luxury Hotels


For the Young Professional

Stay: The Ambrose Hotel


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Santa Monica is a beautiful coastal town in LA with exciting nightlife, an amusement park on the pier and wide stretches of sand. Young professionals will find it easy to mix business with pleasure at the peaceful and low-key Ambrose Hotel. Since The Ambrose is located in a more residential area, guests are able to escape the hustle and bustle of the touristy areas of Santa Monica while still staying close enough to take part in all of the fun. After enjoying an upscale dinner at Rustic Canyon on Wilshire, head to The Bungalow for drinks and dancing by the beach.

Local Insight: Stays from June through August can experience the special Bee A Local summer campaign, where guests will receive a curated passport with special offers from surrounding local businesses. 

Location: Santa Monica, CA

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For a Luxe Beach Getaway

Stay: The Sanctuary Beach Resort

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If you’re seeking a relaxed yet upscale beachside experience, Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea are the perfect places to enjoy great wine, great food and stunning views. The Sanctuary Beach Resort in Monterey Bay blends the relaxed, coastal lifestyle with lavish amenities, resulting in a breathtaking hotel that immerses guests in nature without skimping on luxury. The cozy rooms offer an ocean view, fireplace and private balcony, allowing you to feel right at home while on vacation. After checking out the iconic Monterey Bay Aquarium, head to Fish Hopper for dinner and enjoy oysters, prawns and award-winning clam chowder while looking out over the Pacific.

Location: Monterey Bay, CA



For a Leisurely Couple’s Getaway

Stay: Hotel Milo

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From paddleboarding on the harbor to wine tasting in the Funk Zone, Santa Barbara is the ultimate romantic summer travel destination. The timelessness of Hotel Milo can be seen in the traditional Spanish architecture, turquoise swimming pools and European-inspired patio with mountain views. The rooms are airy and inviting, featuring blue accents and a sophisticated style. Enjoy a sunset sail complete with wine and dolphins for the most magical and unforgettable evening. And when it comes to dining, grab a cozy corner booth at Milk and Honey for Spanish tapas like patatas bravas, manchego y membrillo and bacon-wrapped dates, and then hit Test Pilot for creative craft cocktails.

Location: Santa Barbara, CA

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For a Local Staycay

Stay: Hotel Nia

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Locals looking for a low-key staycation spot near San Francisco should look no further than the elegant and sophisticated Hotel Nia. From the breathtaking murals in the lobby to the cozy fire pits on the patio, Hotel Nia curates a serene atmosphere for guests looking to unwind and live in luxury. Spend your days lounging on the balcony or drive into the city to experience everything from the Golden Gate Bridge to Alcatraz Island. If you don’t plan on heading to the city during your stay, there are plenty of amazing eateries in Menlo Park. Enjoy fluffy pancakes at Stacks for breakfast and authentic Italian cuisine at Trellis Restaurant.

Location: Menlo Park, CA


For a Change of Scenery and Pace

Stay: Pan Pacific Seattle

Credit: Pan Pacific Seattle

Experience the best of the Pacific Northwest with a stay at the sleek and modern Pan Pacific Seattle. Between the surrounding mountains and evergreen forests, Seattle is the perfect place for Californians looking to switch things up and check out the city’s renowned restaurant scene. The Pan Pacific Seattle is right in the heart of downtown, making it easy to experience iconic places such as Pike Place Market and the Space Needle. If you feel like enjoying a night in the hotel, sip a martini by the fire in the lobby before sitting down to dinner at the on-site South Lake Kitchen + Bar, where you can feast on the charcuterie board and savory short rib.

Location: Seattle, WA

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Allie Lebos graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2017 with a BA in Communication. While in school she was a staff writer at The Daily Nexus for nearly two years. Since graduating she has written for The Palisades Magazine, as well as Hidden Hills Magazine. Currently living in Santa Monica, Allie loves to indulge in good food, hot yoga, and daily walks along the beach; writing articles on travel, special events, as well as features on local businesses and individuals.


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