Hermosa Beach is a hidden gem, located in South Bay region of the greater Los Angeles area, beyond the typical Los Angeles hotspots we usually read about. Located right on the beach and just a stone’s throw from the Pacific Ocean is Hermosa’s beautiful Beach House. This beach front hotel offers the perfect home away from home for visitors wanting to experience one of California’s most beautiful stretches of sand. It’s the perfect place to spend a weekend away from the smog of the city and the bright lights of LA.
Lucy Pearson | Cover Image © Beach House
A Warm Welcome to the Beach House
After a busy cross-city drive in the evening traffic, we were somewhat tired and bleary-eyed by the time we arrive at the Beach House. Thankfully, driving down 14th Street to the hotel’s entrance gives you a brilliant view of the sparkling sea and after a quick check in we were led to our Ocean View Suite.
The Beach House has 96 suites spanning the boutique three-floor property. We checked into a suite with a breathtaking ocean view. The suite itself was generous in size and the decor stunning; the sort of place you immediately start taking notes from, in the hope of one day emulating the design in your very own beach side abode. A spacious bathroom complete with Aveda spa products, a deep bath tub and separate shower then led to the bedroom; which included a big double bed, a writing desk, a sumptuous sofa, flat screen TV and beautiful feature fireplace. The balcony was the highlight of the room for me, with uninterrupted views of Hermosa beach, and offered the perfect place to watch the Californian sun set.
A chilled bottle of white wine and two mini bottles of bubbles awaited us in our room, so we took full advantage of the balcony and settled in for an evening of watching the sky turn purple as the sun set, and listening to the sounds of the waves, before curling up in front of the fire.
Breakfast on the Beach
Breakfast is a relaxed affair, and the patio setting just moments from the beach gave us the picture-perfect place to people watch the dog walkers and early morning runners as the beautiful beach comes to life. Guests are able to order in-room dining for breakfast from nearby restaurant Good Stuff which offer a mouth-watering selection of local foodie fare, from the California Quesadilla to the Tropical Green Smoothie. For those wanting to eat on the patio, the hotel’s buffet breakfast includes fresh fruits, yoghurts and cereals and a selection of tasty pastries and breads for those in the mood for something more indulgent.
Staying Active on The Strand and the Sand
The hotel is fronted by about 41 kilometres of paved bike trail known as The Strand, so we decided to take advantage of the discount for hotel guests at a nearby bike rental shop and head out on a leisurely bike ride. We did a 38 kilometre round trip by bike to Marina del Rey, taking in endless stretches of sand and blue skies and were well in need of a couple of hours bathing in the sun on our return.
For those wanting to dip their toes in the sand, there is a volleyball court just footsteps from the hotel, yoga available on the beach. Keen surfers will also love the proximity to the sets that the hotel offers.
Sand Spa is small but sweet, and offers a range of massages, from Swedish to sports massage, and, wanting to help repair my sore muscles. I opted for the deep tissue massage. The therapist used a range of oils as she skilfully worked on my muscles, paying particular emphasis to my back, leaving me feeling both invigorated and refreshed after an hour of serious TLC.
Hermosa Beach sits between two other beautiful stretches of sand; Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach. If you want to catch the typical LA sights during your stay, Disneyland, Universal Studios and the famed Rodeo Drive are conveniently only about 45 minute drive away.
However, the fact that Hermosa Beach is a quiet, lesser-known part of LA was a big part of its charm and partly what attracted us to the stunning Beach House. The area has a village feel and boasts boutique shops in abundance as well as an array of bars and independent, family run restaurants. We left our car with the valet for the entirety of our trip while we set out à pied or on bike to explore the local area. Given the hotel’s unbeatable views, we decided to spend our last night on our balcony, enjoying the fresh sea air and stunning sunset. Hermosa Beach truly is a must-visit spot for anyone hoping for an authentic Californian experience while in Los Angeles and the Beach House feels like your own private beach retreat.
Beach House Hermosa Beach
1300 The Strand, Hermosa Beach, California
Getting there: Beach House is just 10 minutes from LAX
The Fit Traveller was a guest of Beach House Hermosa Beach for this stay. As always, the opinions, words and images are authentically our own.