Updated January 2023
Finding the Best Los Angeles waterfront hotels is well worth the effort. Taking the time to do so will ensure you are able to relax in this bustling oceanfront city. Since Los Angeles is a major port city with cruise ships leaving for the Mexican Riviera, we suggest finding a hotel on the waterfront a couple of day prior to departure to relax and enjoy the city's highlights and tourist attractions!
Tips on choosing the Best Los Angeles waterfront hotels:
• If you are looking for true Los Angeles beachfront hotels please ensure there is direct access to the beach. Crossing a street may be considered waterfront. Beachfront should have direct access to beach.
• Most LA waterfront hotels will have the bike path between them and the beach. This is fully acceptable.
• A Los Angeles beachfront vacation rental is a great way to share expenses for families and friends. Kids love the freedom that a beachfront vacation home provides.
• Keep in mind the location of the Los Angeles Airport (noise).
Los Angeles things to do: Of course Venice Beach is one of the favourite hotspots around. With its eclectic vibe, muscle beach and more! We also recommend taking a day tour around Los Angeles. There are many to choose from but one of the best is this LA highlights tour, where you're whisked to the must-see attractions in Los Angeles. But of course if you are a true waterfront and beach lover you will want to spend time at some of the best Los Angeles beaches.
Safety in Los Angeles: Los Angeles is a large city but it is considered a safe city overall. Staying in the safest neighbourhoods and exercising the general safety rules while traveling will ensure a safe journey. Staying in a reputable Los Angeles Hotel and getting advice from a good concierge is always good to do before venturing out in the city.
Getting around in Los Angeles: Before heading out to Los Angeles, make a good plan of where you want to go and what you want to visit. Then choose your best mode of transportation. Los Angeles Metro Rail Train and bus service are economical and a great way to get around. Uber of course is available. The Uber App is highly suggested and once set up is one of the best ways to get around.
Best time to visit LA: Our favourite is to visit Los Angeles in September and October. The kids are back in school and the air is cleaner. Also... the temperature is in the lower 80's or around 25 Celsius. The tours are more relaxed and the beaches are quieter.
These Los Angeles waterfront hotels are ideal for tourists going on a cruise. They are located close to the cruise ship terminals.
What better way to start your Mexican Riviera cruise than in a cruise ship hotel!
Address: 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, Phone: 1 562-435-3510
With its Mexican theme it won't take long to get ready for your Mexican Riviera cruise from this Los Angeles waterfront hotel!
Address: 700 Queensway Dr, Long Beach. Phone: 1 562-435-7676
The Crowne Plaza Harbor Hotel is extremely close to the cruise ship terminals making it very convenient for those going on a cruise vacation from Los Angeles. They offer round-trip Shuttle Service for a nominal fee for guests going to the Port of Los Angeles World Cruise Center in San Pedro which accommodates most cruise lines. Ship enthusiasts will love being close to the Queen Mary as well as the Battleship IOWA Museum. Guests also enjoy the recently renovated pool area.
Address: 601 S Palos Verdes St San Pedro, Los Angeles, Phone: 1 310-519-8200
Located just two blocks to the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium as well as the World Cruise Center makes this LA waterfront hotel a favourite for families. The view of the Cabrillo Marina from the private balconies is very peaceful. Watching the boats go out to sea from the beautiful Cabrillo Marina while enjoying your favourite beverage is always pleasant. The rooms are comfortable offering the usual amenities. The outdoor swimming pool also offers a whirlpool. Cabrillo Beach is just 1/2 mile away.
Address: 2800 Via Cabrillo Marina, Los Angeles, Phone: 1 310-514-3344
This top rated Los Angeles beach hotel located in Malibu is not on the waterfront but is part of a very large 250 acre property. Why do we then refer to it as waterfront? Simply because guests have exclusive use of their 5.5 acre Calamigos Beach Club just 12 minutes away via luxury shuttle.
At this beautiful beach estate, guests will be able to have full use of complimentary surf boards, paddle boards, beach chairs and more. Here you will also be able to enjoy full dining facilities with incredible ocean views as well as a beach bar. Malibu luxury at its best!
Address: 327 Latigo Canyon Rd, Malibu, CA. Phone: 00 1 818-575-4400
This Malibu waterfront hotel with spa is a winner of the coveted 2018 Conde Nast Traveler Gold list as well as TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. So... enough said about excellence in facility as well as service.
At the Spa you will be able to enjoy Hot Stone Massage, Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Reflexology Massage and of course a Couples Massage. Their skin care expert has over 35 years experience in helping people look their very best. You will also be able to enjoy a guided beach yoga class on their private beach area complimentary to their guests.
The Malibu Beach Inn is located on what is nicknamed Billionaire's Beach. Enjoy a relaxing dinner while enjoying a beautiful ocean sunset.
Address: 22878 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA. Phone: 00 1 424-372-8477
Nobu branded hotels are very luxurious hotels in some of the most expensive cities in the world. The Nobu Ryokan is exclusive to its guests and very private. Hidden behind anon-descript wall along Pacific Coast Highway you will find the intimate oceanfront retreat, instantly taking you away from the hustle of the city and transporting you into a luxurious Japanese hideaway, on the famous Carbon Beach. For fine dining, guests will enjoy the Nobu Malibu Restaurant which serves very fine Japanese cuisine. Guests of the hotel can order meals to be delivered to their deluxe rooms. For the private getaway in famed Malibu this is one of the best.
Good value Malibu vacation rental up to 1499.00 per night. Great for multiple families or just a great bunch of friends!
Have a look at these luxury Malibu waterfront vacation rentals from $1500.00 to much much more! For those who love the extras in life.
The beautiful Santa Monica State Beach is the most family friendly beach in Los Angeles. With its amusement park atmosphere and a beautiful sandy beach, the kids will love it here. So if this is a family vacation, you may want to consider this beach.
This luxurious Los Angeles waterfront hotel offers a beautiful location directly on Santa Monica Beach and only a few minutes walk to Santa Monica Pier as well as Main Street if you wish to do some serious shopping. Built in 1927 and extremely well maintained and updated, it offers architecture and style of days gone by with all the comforts of our day.
The Sea Wellness Spa is focused on making your stay at the Case del Mar just part of a luxurious stay. Here is their menu of spa treatments you may choose from.
Address: 1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica, CA. Phone: 1 310-581-5533
With breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and located on Santa Monica Beach, this hotel's architecture is reminiscent of inviting Cape Cod vacation homes. The waves of the ocean and the beach directly at the resorts doorstep, beckon you to an early morning stroll. Peace of mind finally becomes a reality.
ONE Spa also offers the royal treatment when it comes to a total spa experience. It is considered one of the premier spas in Los Angeles. Here is the menu of spa treatments available at ONE Spa located within Shutters on the Beach!
Enjoy this very luxurious waterfront hotel in Los Angeles!
Address: 1 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA. Phone: 1 310-458-0030
Across the street from the Santa Monica Beach, Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel offers one of the very best pools with ocean views and a pool concierge. Their on site rental shop offers boogie boards, bicycles and more to make your Los Angeles beach vacation as much fun as it can be.
Address: 1700 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA. Phone: 00 1 877-879-4401
Here are some of the most popular waterfront or beachfront vacation rentals in Santa Monica. We always suggest thorough research to ensure the property you are viewing is truly "beachfront" or "waterfront". Many may be separated by roads. Good planning makes for the best vacations!
Have a look at these value priced Santa Monica Vacation Rentals up to 1500.00 per night.
These are some of the more luxurious Santa Monica Vacation Rentals from 1500.00 or more.
Venice Beach is great for people watching with buskers or street entertainers to keep you entertained close to the beach. You will also find all kinds of shops selling all kinds of items. Call it a day at the circus! Very limited choices for Los Angeles waterfront hotels at this Venice Beach. Spa hotel at Venice Beach? Not likely... It's all about the eclectic vibe here.
This hotel is the closest hotel to this beach. Separated from the beach only by a public walking path. It is considered one of two waterfront hotels in Venice, Los Angeles. It has a nice rooftop patio which is great for watching all the Venice Beach activity. It is a well maintained older boutique hotel and suits the area's eclectic crowd beautifully. Breakfast is included with your stay and the rooftop deck is great for sunsets. No Spa.
Address: 2819 Ocean Front Walk Venice, Los Angeles, CA Phone: 1 310-429-0234
This Venice Beach hotel is just 200 feet away from the beach. Rated as a 4 Star you can expect comfort, good service and amenities. People love the only rooftop bar in Venice to go along with the great sunsets. At Hotel Erwin, they love the eclectic atmosphere that Venice Beach projects so you can expect a blend of relaxed feel yet dedicated to customer service. No Spa.
Address: 1697 Pacific Ave Venice, Los Angeles, CA Phone: 1 310-452-1111Venice Beach waterfront vacation rentals courtesy of HomeAway.
Value Vacation RentalsValue waterfront vacation rentals under $1000.00 per night for you to enjoy Venice Beach in Los Angeles.
Luxury Vacation RentalsLuxury Venice Beach waterfront vacation rentals over $1000.00 per night. Great for small groups or multiple families with kids.
Manhattan and Hermosa Beach both offer luxurious beach vacation homes. "Considered the Beverly Hills On The Beach" and birth place of Volleyball you will want to find out more about Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach.
You'll enjoy this waterfront boutique hotel on Hermosa Beach, Los Angeles. Perfect for romantic couples, they include a continental breakfast from their cafe with beach and Pacific Ocean views. For 20 miles (32KM) "The Strand", just outside your door will take you all the way to Venice Beach on your bike available at this hotel. Perfect for an all day affair. Start in early morning, get lunch at Venice Beach and be entertained and then head back for a perfect, romantic sunset.
Address: 1300 The Strand, Hermosa Beach, CA Phone: 00 1 424-353-4121
11 Miles (17Km) South of Hermosa Beach is the luxurious Terranea Resort. Sitting on a plateau overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this 102 acre resort features the 50,000 sq. ft. Terranea Spa and Wellness Centre. The resort also features a small 9 hole par 3 golf course just to keep you entertained. The four oceanfront pools are sure to be a hit with the kids as well. This luxurious Los Angeles waterfront hotel with spa is sure to please the whole family.
Address: 1300 The Strand, Hermosa Beach, CA Phone: 00 1 424-353-4121
Looking for great Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach waterfront vacation rentals? Here they are, courtesy of VRBO.com.
There are two marinas in Los Angeles. Marina Del Rey as well as Redondo Beach. If you love to walk by million dollar yachts and not be too far away from the beach you may enjoy staying at either the Marina del Rey Hotel or The Portofino Hotel and Marina.
Either of these marina hotels in Los Angeles will do the trick for yacht lovers and charters are easily arranged. Enjoy a day out on a chartered sailboat or yacht.