The new category of staycation travel has encouraged many Angelenos to discover hotel gems in their own backyard, like the Hilton Garden Inn Los Angeles Marina Del Rey, operated by the Pacifica Hotel Company.
Locals who want a break from the ordinary and a spot near the water for a getaway recharger will find this newly renovated boutique property an unexpectedly eclectic and cozy retreat.
The hotel has many unique spaces, including a spacious two-storey hideaway with a loft, known as the Sheik Room, named for the former owner who made the hotel his palace away from home, utilizing what is now the guest parking structure to keep his collection of rare cars.
In all, the hotel boasts 134 guestrooms housed in individual bungalows and small buildings. Each room is charmingly furnished in modern style and designed to allow plenty of natural light. Each room’s décor, layout and size varies, giving the property a truly independent vibe.
Suited to its mix of guests, the hotel equally serves business and leisure travelers. For a work-away escape, the hotel is outfitted with modern office conveniences, like complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and a complimentary 24/7 business center with a remote printing system for wireless printing from a laptop or smartphone.
When taking a work break, guests can enjoy the swimming pool, Jacuzzi, or the fitness center with cardio machines and strength training equipment.
While there are plenty of nearby restaurants, guests who want to stay close to home can dine at the hotel’s Marina Bar & Grill, which features indoor seating as well as a sunny outdoor lounge area, with a fire pit for cool evenings.
The menu offers a combination of beach eats and contemporary fare. Breakfast includes omelets, oatmeal, fruit, breads and the brand’s signature waffle.
Daily happy hour from 4 pm to 7 pm includes appetizers such as Pan Fried Vegetable Potstickers, Wild Mushroom and Smoked Gouda Quesadilla and Grilled Fish Tacos.
Dinner entrees include a little bit of everything, from Fiesta Chicken Cobb salad, Steak and “Shrooms” sandwich, and Fish & Chips, to Tuscan Bucatini Bolognaise.
Guests who venture out will find easy access to local attractions like Venice Beach, Fisherman’s Village, Ballona Wetlands, Santa Monica Pier, and Third Street Promenade. For the adventurous, kayaking, paddle boarding, surfing and sailing, biking and other activities and excursions can be arranged through the hotel reception.
Hilton Garden Inn is located at 4200 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey and can be reached by calling 310.301.2000 or visiting the website pacificahotels.com/hgimarinadelrey. Nightly rates range from $179-$299.