Oceana Beach Club Hotel might be technically close Santa Monica’s vibrant dining and shopping district, but its residential location and timeless style make it a true beach hideaway. A multi-million-dollar renovation completed in spring 2013 by designer Anthony Baratta, along with the opening of hotel-guests-only Tower 8 restaurant by chef Josiah Citrin, who also runs Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Mélisse in Santa Monica, brought the 70-room hotel to a new level of luxury in Santa Monica. With a nod to 1960s beach clubs, the lobby and restaurant feature a fresh, playful spin on midcentury design with lots of organic accents. The courtyard keeps it simple with blue cushioned lounge chairs flanking a heart-shaped pool. Clever vignettes of potted plants and bold geometric tile wall features add style to the peaceful outdoor area, making it as fun as it is relaxing.
Painted in soothing pastel colors, guest rooms and suites call to mind cozy beach bungalows complete with board games and all the requisite technological amenities (plasma HDTVs, iPod docks). Whether lounging poolside, signature basil gimlet in hand, or watching the sun set over the Pacific from your suite, this boutique hotel on the edge of all the action feels like it’s worlds away.