SANTA MONICA, Calif. ( TheStreet) -- It's one of Southern California's largest and most famous beach towns, forming L.A.'s western front and jutting out into the Pacific with its historic Santa Monica Pier.To the north, the exclusive neighborhoods of Santa Monica Canyon are home to celebrity villas and CEO compounds; in the south its Main Street neighborhoods are home to artists lofts and bohemian yoga compounds. While many pack it into an afternoon visit while in L.A. or just a trip to the beach during summer, Santa Monica has grown into its own travel destination -- especially for those who know how to avoid the tourist masses. Santa Monica has a wide variety of overnight options, ranging from historic to boutique chic, but many don't know it has as many five-star hotels as Beverly Hills. The city's most luxurious hotels are directly on the sand, including Hotel Casa del Mar. Once the city's hottest beach club, it now lures guests with an oceanfront pool, direct beach access -- don't get run over by passing inline skaters and bicyclists -- and hospitality. A cadre of local surfer dude valets offering a "Welcome to Casa del Mar" with each opening of the doors under an iconic brick facade.
|Once the hottest beach club in Santa Monica, Calif., the Hotel Casa del Mar now lures guests with an oceanfront pool.|