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Historical Traveler Reviews Inn at Playa Del Rey Los Angeles
A Place To Remember
Recently, we had the wonderful experience of staying at the Inn at Playa del Rey. Being a "sister" inn to the Channel Road Inn at Santa Monica, this Bed and Breakfast offers surprising solitude in the middle of the hustle and bustle of LA and within a 10 minute drive from LAX!!
What is referred to as a "view room," our balcony looked out upon a beautiful wetlands/marsh teeming with birds, frogs, and crickets. No bugs, however!!! The fragrances of flowers admixed with the salt smells of the nearby Pacific Ocean filled our room each morning when we opened the doors, allowing all of nature to refresh us. We were always amazed at how quiet life seemed at the Inn, situated in this city of noise and frenetic activity.
Our room was pleasantly decorated and furnished with ammenities, including Jacuzzi tubs. Breakfast, which is either brought to the room or served in the brightly decorated dining area, consisted of fresh fruits and juice, homemade baked goods, and a variety of egg dishes each day. Quite adequate and tasty, no meats such as bacon was offered, although our appetites were well satisfied. Afternoons, cheese and other gourmet appetizers are provided along with wine.
The staff's attention to detail went so far as to place a coffee pot in our room the morning of our departure since an early flight caused us to leave before the dining area opened. Always friendly, the staff even remembered each day that we enjoyed cream with our coffee and brought it to our table. Whenever we ventured out, driving directions were provided with such understanding that we never missed a turn! It's no wonder that the Inn at Playa del Rey has been chosen by Forbes as "One of the nation's Top Ten Urban Inns". A number of good restaurants are within walking distance, including a terrific French bistro where we enjoyed a wonderful dinner and considerably cheaper than the restaurants in Santa Monica. Playa del Rey's quaintness offers the feel of a small village, and we were always so glad to arrive at the Inn after fighting LA traffic and sightseeing each day.
What an awesome find the Inn at Playa del Rey is, at least in our estimation!
Wish we'd had longer there
We were on holiday from the UK. Sadly we could only stay one night at this gem of a B and B as we had to leave early the next morning for the airport. Our room had a wonderful view - we videod the view at dawn with the moon still up and mist rising from the marshes. Our room was large and beautifully furnished, had wonderfully comfortable beds and above all was very quiet. There was a little sitting room, a balcony and a spacious bathroom. The welcome was genuinely friendly and the overall service excellent. There was free cheese and wine in the stylish, comfortable sitting room, again with great views over the estuary.
So many hotels and b and b's are disappointing in one way or another - noisy, uncomfortable beds, nasty decor - but we couldn't fault this place and plan to go back on our next visit to the USA to spend more time there.
Loved the Inn --an oasis in urban Los Angeles
Our experience at the Inn was wonderfully warm and if felt like we were staying at a best friend's beach house or a New England cottage for the weekend.
We stayed 4 nights in mid March with our two children (totalling a party of 4) We stayed 4 nights and paid an average of $220 per night not including tax (the rate was less on the week days, more on the weekend)
We stayed in room 104, which is a junior suite on the main floor they called it the "family room" as it sleeps four. It is a view suite and faces the Ballona Preserve making it extremely quiet, you won't hear any guests in the hall or noise from the street (even when you sit on the balcony). This room DOES NOT have a fireplace. There is a window air conditioning/ heating unit.
The inn recommended this room as it has a small sitting area that houses a sofa. At night the sofa converts to a sofa bed and can be closed off with French doors. THis was perfect for our 6 year old and 9 year old as they were able to go to sleep at 8pm and we could stay up a few hours more without disturbing them. An added bonus was that there is a small TV and VCR (We moved the VCR from our TV to theirs) in this alcove. The only possible negative was that there were a few stains on the upholstery of this white denim sofabed. Nothing too major.
I believe this junior suite also has the largest balcony in the inn. It is equipped with a large patio table and 4 chairs. In the warmer months, it would be ideal to order takeout and eat on your patio, much nicer than trying to eat in your room. The other view-rooms have balconies, but they are small and only accomodate two chairs, so this was nice if you wanted to dine alfresco.
Other amenities of the room where wonderful top quality linens on the king size bed, down pillows and a dreamy down comforter. Everything about the bed felt fresh and clean. Newly finished shiny hardwood floors gave a very clean feel to the room also. The TV was in a well appointed armoire and the alarm is also a unit that plays CDs. THey also have a VCR and a collection of videos to choose from. There were probably at least 60 videos to choose from and many were quite current.
The bathroom is adequate and clean, just not luxurious, remember, this is a cottage experience. If you're expecting marble, expensive fixtures and architectural lighting, you'd be dissapointed. They seem to have a small ant problem in our bath, but it wasn't too bothersome. There is a small fridge in the bathroom under the sink, an odd place for it asethetically, but it does the job. The bathroom is made up of yellow tiles and has a large tub (only space for one) with jets.
Breakfast is served each morning in a sunny breakfast room that is one of the nicer breakfast rooms I've been to over the years. Lots of windows that let in the morning sun and nice tableware.
Each morning, breakfast was pretty low maintenance for the kitchen. They do have a small staff and 21 rooms, so breakfast had to be easy to administer. We were there for 4 mornings. Each day they had some type of egg souffle, small fruit platter, myriad of breads to toast, hard boiled eggs, oatmeal, yogurt ,pastries (scones, muffins or crumb cake), coffee, tea and OJ. They really didn't deviate from this menu. So if you're looking for something special for breakfast, you may be dissapointed. I found it to be just fine.
Other amenities of the Inn were the comfortable living room area complete with views of the Wildlife preserve, a fireplace and books you could borrow off the shelves. This room was cozy to sit in and once again was very clean, no dust on coffee tables, no dirty floors, extremely well decorated and clean upholstery. From 5:30-6:30 each evening they serve wine, cheese, and vegetable and bread dips.
We did take advantage of the hot tub outside as it was chilly the 4 days we were there. The hot tub is positiioned in a pretty area sectioned off by lattice work and you really don't notice the street . They've done some nice gardening around it.
They do offer you use of their computer and connection to the internet which was very reliable. They also have bicycles you can use to bike to the beach. It seemed the beach was farther than I had thought from the brochures. Too far for us to walk. The parking is free and very nice. It is covered parking.
Since this is a bed and breakfast, without room service, I thought they did a good job at collecting take out menus from all restaurants within a 5 minute walk (there are 9). They also had take out menus from restaurants in the surrounding area. They are right next door to a Chinese restaurant. But you don't hear any noise. If you order and pick up takout, they happily allow you to eat in the breakfast room, rather than cramped in your room.
The location can't be beat. Playa Del Rey is one of the more highly desireable beach communities and close to Venice beach --and yet you'd never know you were 5 mins from LAX. You never see planes. You face a wildlife preserve and there were 9 retaurants within walking distance.
The staff was very accomodating. They leave a personal note when you first arrive and fresh baked chocolate chip cookies for you. They were so sweet to my children and really were warm and friendly. This is the perfect place for couples to relax at a slow pace. It isn't positioned as a family Inn, but they have accomodations for families like ours and they really went out of their way to make my children feel welcomed. The night manager (don't remember her name) was absolutely the nicest, most accomodating and genuine person. She made us feel welcomed immediately.
Is is clean? Absolutely. Is it located in a good part of LA? Absolutely. Was the price a fair value? Absolutely. Was the staff accomodating? Absolutely. Would I return? Absolutely.
Small town in big city
We enjoyed 2 nights at the Inn over Valentine's weekend. Although the Inn was full, it didn't feel that way at all. The staff was extremly friendly and accommodating. The Inn is within walking distance of the beach and several restaurants, and very close to the bike/jogging path running along the beach up to Santa Monica, etc. Take advantage of the Inn's bikes. The wine and cheese was relaxing and a great way to meet other guests. The breakfast was excellent and convenient. There is some road noise in the rooms facing the streets and the hot tub is a bit too visible from the road to be relaxing, but overall the house has a charming, homelike feel, and its convenience to major LA attractions (and the airport) make it a great choice. We did not want to leave.
It was beautiful and had free bikes. The hosts' were kind and the snack were great. A bit of traffic noise for rooms on the street side. Rooms on the waterfront side definately worth it. Free internet and videos. I was well rested after a one nighter.
What a Gem!
Our son recently moved to Playa del Rey, and when we visited him we decided to stay in his area rather than stay at a hotel in Marina del Rey. Are we glad we did! The Inn at Playa del Rey was a treasure. Our room on the third floor was decorated in a nautical theme and had the largest king-size bed I've ever seen! The chocolate chip cookies and welcome note were a nice touch, and the wine and cheese every afternoon provided an opportunity to meet the other guests and enjoy the view of the wetlands from the deck. There are very good restaurants within walking distance of the inn. Bikes are provided to guests and we took both a north and south ride -- north to Marina del Rey and Venice Beach was more fun! The staff was most gracious and accomodating. One tiny quibble ... something other than an egg casserole (French toast, perhaps?) would have been welcome at breakfast either of the two mornings we were there. But it is a small gripe, for the inn was truly lovely and a refreshingly change from the large hotels in Marina del Rey.
Great Bed and Breakfast
This is the only place to stay by the beach that's close LAX. We loved it. The rooms are comfortable & nice and the staff are all friendly and knowledgable. We had French Toast one morning that was to die for!
Wedding Night Bliss
Married at Verandas in Manhattan Beach earlier in the day, leaving our families behind, enjoying the happiest day of our lives, we headed to the inn to enjoy each other as husband and wife. The inn is absolutely beautiful! We stayed in one of the romance rooms with the whole package, of course, and it was supreme. Walking in to the room, music welcomed us into a new world of relaxation and beauty. The cookies made us feel at home, and were delicious. The accomodations are extravagant, with plush linens, and a CD player as well. It was the best. The breakfast brought to our room was one of the best we've ever had. Watch for their specials...as the prices are a little high. $400 was worth it as it was the first night of our marriage, but might not be worth it all the time.
Lovely B&B in LA
This is a wonderful B&B with a Nantucket atmosphere in LA and minutes from the airport. We stayed for four nights two of which were in a suite with double jacuzzi and fireplace and two in a king room with fireplace and view of wet lands. The views are wonderful and rooms were very comfortable and clean with nice furnishings, although some updating of carpet and worn items would be nice (shade on lamp in suite was shredded, wall paper peeling in places) However staff was very accomodating and little touches like cookies and personal notes of welcome in room were nice. Evening wine and cheese and afternoon snacks made it feel like home. My only criticism of breakfast was that it was an egg souffle variation for all four mornings...a little variety would have been better.Overall this is such a nice alternative to big hotels in LA and the price is extremely reasonable. I would definitely recommend it and would stay there again on my next visit.
I love this place. breakfast is delicious - cookies, are great - the wine and cheese is something to look forward to. My room was quite pretty, and the staff are so nice. I even borrowed a book from my room, and returned it 6 months later - it wa slike being at a good friends house. It has been two years and they still send me X-mas cards. They made my fiance's birthday very special.