The clocks spring forward this weekend and the temperature in LA is already hotting up. We want to be rollerblading down a sunny Santa Monica boulevard so bad, but we’re settling instead for honouring Oceana as our favourite hotel this week…
Style All things bright and beautiful
Setting Parkside Ocean Avenue
Why this week? From now until the end of the year, members can stay four nights and only pay for three. And they’ll still get their offer (free breakfast when it’s usually US$21 and a welcome drink, if you’re interested).
Our favourite bits The whole place is bright, airy and happy. We love the sunny decor of the generously sized rooms, and their games tables set up with chess, chequers and backgammon for rainy days or early nights. Signature Ocean View Suites on the top floor have the lot: deep soaking tubs, rainfall shower heads, private balconies, and enough room to throw your own cocktail party in. The assorted breakfast delicacies are worth taking time over: a bountiful cold buffet of fresh fruit, granola, hand-squeezed juices, salmon and potatoes, as well as hot platters of fresh pancakes, banana-walnut French toast, eggs and bacon.
Mr & Mrs Smith say ‘We’re cruising down the highway towards this Los Angeles boutique hotel, positioned on the palm tree-lined cliffs of Santa Monica, California. Before the engine has a chance to come to a stop, a pair of strapping boys in khakis and polo shirts open the doors and welcome us to the hotel. ‘We’ll take care of the car from here,’ they say in unison. ‘May we take your luggage?’ ‘No, that won’t be necessary,’ I say. They seem surprised, but my week’s luggage consists of a nothing more than a small duffel bag. We are at the beach, after all.
We enter a lift with red-velvet walls, an opal-and-turquoise inlaid stone floor and lighting reminiscent of a recent trip to Amsterdam. It opens on the third floor to reveal a terrace overlooking Oceana’s courtyard, replete with swimming pool, cream-coloured beach chairs and outdoor dining areas. Our spacious Ocean View Suite has sunny yellow walls, lime-green furnishings and a flowery sofa that evokes 1950s beach-party movies – but in a Designers Guild, rather than kitsch, way. Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors in the bedroom and living room lead onto a balcony with sea views…’