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Los Angeles hotels: The best hotels by the beach

Looking for a beachfront hotel? From Malibu to Manhattan Beach, here are some of our favorite Los Angeles hotels by the beach.

Courtesy Casa Malibu Inn on the Beach
Casa Malibu Inn on the Beach

If you're looking for Los Angeles hotels, why not find one on the beach? For ocean breezes, crashing waves and only the occasional stray Venice Boardwalk weirdo, Time Out brings you this list of the best beachfront hotels in Los Angeles.

Shutters on the Beach

Critics' pick

Formerly a cool retreat for hot Hollywood stars and now a sister to Casa del Mar, Shutters has a relaxed but decidedly upscale style. Filled with comfortable sofas, club chairs and prints by modern masters such as David Hockney, the lobby mirrors the beach-cottage ambience of the rooms and suites, which in turn feature lovely, dark hardwood floors and the hotel's signature white shutters. Guests who prefer gentle pampering to the myriad outdoor beach activities can spend a day at the spa or sit poolside sipping wine and taking in the ocean views. The luxury is low-key, but it's luxury all the same.

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Los Angeles

Casa Malibu Inn on the Beach

Located on the sand, Casa Malibu is the only hotel on this stretch that has its own beach for exclusive use of guests. Malibu Colony is within walking distance; so is Malibu Pier, where fabulous breaks provide some of the best longboard surfing in Southern California. The inn offers four types of rooms, including two mini-suites with king-size beds, fireplaces and kitchens. The beachfront and ocean-view rooms are coveted, but all have private decks and some include adjacent rooms for families. Considering the location and amenities, rates are very reasonable.

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Critics' pick

This sparkling property hasn't been solely responsible for the regeneration of Manhattan Beach, but its influence has been huge. It's a small property but pretty perfectly formed: slick yet approachable, stylish yet not without a sense of humor. The 38 guest-rooms make great use of the space: Multi-purpose tables can be rolled back and forth over the beds for breakfast or for use as a desk, while all rooms have vast spa-baths, DVD players and color-adjustable chromatherapy lighting. Downstairs is a big central courtyard and the slick Zinc lounge; upstairs is the handsome Skydeck, complete with a bijou pool. If you stay in the penthouse suite, you'll won't need either—it has a beer tap in its kitchenette. An impressive spot.

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Venice Beach House

This craftsman-style inn was built in 1911 by Warren Wilson, the owner of the now-defunct Los Angeles Daily Journal. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, it's been faithfully restored and furnished with exceptional antique pieces; many of the rooms are named after characters with ties to the area (Venice founder Abbot Kinney, sometime local Charlie Chaplin). Each of the nine rooms has its own character and amenities, though four share a common bath. The more extravagant suites offer an ocean view, a fireplace, a patio or a private entrance.

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Hotel Shangri-La

Following a $30 million renovation, this art deco beauty reopened in 2009, just as it turned 70. Thankfully the streamline moderne exterior has been preserved; inside, the rooms have been upgraded with hardwood floors, windows that open (yes, it's a rarity), flat-screen TVs and iPod docking stations. All offer ocean views and many have balconies and kitchenettes. A restaurant and pool have also been added, and, on the rooftop, guests can enjoy a drink at the Suite 700 lounge or a spa treatment.

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Santa Monica