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VENICE If you want a more beachside chilled vibe, look no further than Venice and explore up to Ojai, Ventura, Topanga and Los Alamos. There are so many amazing ways to while away your time in this pocket of California.
THE ROSE HOTEL Owned by fashion photographer Glen Luchford, this hotel is a stone’s throw from Venice Beach. The upstairs/downstairs Californian bungalow-style building, painted in grey and white with simple signage and potted white roses, is not too fancy but beautifully considered, understated and friendly. We first stayed in a downstairs queen room with a share bathroom – great value, simple and stylish. The second night we stayed upstairs in the Abbot Kinney suite with a wide front verandah that overlooks the beach, a perfect spot for sunset cocktails. More of an apartment with a grey pebble fireplace, vintage finds and great curation of furniture. The walls are lined with a fabulous selection of framed art & B&W photography. The cool front lobby has super-friendly staff. For breakfast, there’s a long communal found table laden with flaky croissants, homemade jams and coffee. Hang out, work or read the magazines and newspapers. This street is steeped in history – Charlie Chaplin’s mother’s house is two doors up and still standing. therosehotelvenice.com
PALIHOUSE A very handsome hotel indeed with gorgeous gardens in a landmark Mediterranean Revival building that dates back to 1927. This lovely 37-room hotel feels secret and somewhat hidden away as though you’ve stumbled into another time. The ground floor cafe is open for breakfast