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The airport stay is now officially cool.  Bed down near LAX and LA's best beaches in mod '60s style that puts the glamour and fun back in air travel.

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Destination

Custom Hotel LAX

In LA, being by the airport is a good thing. And as the only boutique hotel within a mile of LAX, we have certain bragging rights. Our convenient hub is central to iconic beach towns, landmarks and colleges. The Pacific? A mile and a half away.

Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach

This may be the quintessential LA beach burg. There is a long pier, volleyball nets line the beaches, surfers bob offshore, and the people are, well, good-looking. The town's narrow streets slope down to the ocean, providing great views from nearly every block. The atmosphere is low key and the shops, eateries and bars have a local feel – big chains don't fly here. Beaches include Manhattan County and El Porto.

Marina Del Rey

Marina del Rey

Do you dig boats and fine dining? Welcome to Marina del Rey, the world's largest recreational small-boat harbor that also happens to have a super-high concentration of restaurants. There are nearly as many vessels here as residents, some of whom live on their boats. Sounds romantic, doesn't it? There's serious shopping here, too. Check out Fisherman's Village, where New England meets SoCal.

Venice Beach

Venice Beach

Most people think of Venice Beach as home to a famous boardwalk and colorful street performers and shops. Yes, those attractions (spectacles?) are still here but there's much more waiting to be discovered in this buzzing and diverse area.

Just beyond the boardwalk is a beautiful beach with soft, inviting sand. Check out the action at Muscle Beach (where Arnold pumped iron in his short shorts) or the ever-popular Venice Skate Park (you saw Lords of Dogtown, right?). You can also rent a bike and ride the South Bay Bicycle Trail that stretches from Malibu to Redondo Beach.

The more sophisticated side of Venice Beach can be found in the Abbot Kinney neighborhood. Full of quirky shops, hip cafés and galleries, it's perfect for an afternoon of strolling and shopping. This ‘hood is also home to many of the area's best restaurants.

Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica

Equal parts pier, beach, shopping and eating. The Santa Monica Pier lights up at night with carnival rides that include a roller coaster, Ferris wheel and vintage carousel. Two open-air shopping areas — the Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place — house big-name luxury stores if you're ready to drop wads of cash. And there are dozens of great restaurants in the area to sample, as well.

Dockweiler State Park Beach

Dockweiler State Park Beach

Known for its barbecues, bonfires and location under the LAX flight path, Dockweiler is just a mile and half away in Playa del Rey. Hanging out by the sand on a sunny day, grilling and watching 747s roar overhead, is a local pastime. If that doesn't get your juices flowing, Dockweiler is also home to a hang glider training park.

Also Nearby

Colleges

Shopping

  • Westfield Culver City – A 130-store mall with stores ranging from H&M to Coach to Disney to BCBG.
  • Plaza El Segundo – A "lifestyle" shopping center with cultural and family events and, of course, stores. Banana Republic, J.Crew, lululemon athletic, Whole Foods, Borders.

Public Transportation

Metro stop directly across the street from the hotel.

Extend Your Stay in Southern California

Touring the area? Be sure to visit our other Joie de Vivre hotels and restaurants for a true Southern California experience.