Weekend Escapes from Los Angeles

In Los Angeles, one thing you’ll find is that there’s no shortage of weekend escapes. The city looms so large that living on the East end can warrant a holiday on the West. There lies the cultural perk of California, are the range of ecologies you encounter in a short drive. But if intercity commuting is not your style of a staycation, there are plenty of road-trip destinations to choose from: whether you’re sun-seeking out in the desert or craving a cool breeze on Pacific Coast Highway, we’ve mapped out four of the best boutique hotels who’ve mastered the art of the weekend getaway.

WEST

The Surf Rider, Malibu

If your vision of a holiday entails an ocean breeze, a smokey mezcal cocktail on a sun-washed terrace, then Surf Rider Malibu is the perfect place for you. The 20-room boutique hotel is quietly high style, balanced in both that it is intimate yet elevated. The converted motel is minimal and modern, with amenities ranging from complimentary paddle boards to a guests-only terrace that ensures that you have the best seat in the house when it’s time to watch the sunset.

The Surfrider is located on 23033 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

EAST

Korakia Pensione

While Palm Springs properties often play host to pool parties catered to the festival set or the weekend bachelorette, Korakia Pensione is a place where you can seize all the perks of Palm Springs while escaping the noise. It’s the best of both worlds: literally, as the hotel splits between two properties. One section is influenced by the Mediterranean, complete with an outdoor movie theatre, fire pit, and pétanque, while the other is inspired by Moroccan architecture, complete with a courtyard, fragrant passageways, and a daily afternoon tea service offering mint tea and cookies.

Korakia Pensione is located on 257 S Patencio Rd, Palm Springs, CA 92262

SOUTH

Hotel Joaquin

Despite its miles of beautiful beaches and a longstanding arts & crafts community, Laguna Beach doesn’t often fall on the radar for the modern traveler. Perhaps it’s due to the insular nature that surfing communities are notorious for upholding, or maybe it’s the family-outing reputation that “Orange County” can’t seem to shake,  but when Hotel Joaquin opened its doors, it became the first of its kind in South County, a region known more for megaresorts than boutique stays. 

Hotel Joaquin is a space inspired by international design trends blended with Laguna Beach’s philosophy for low-key leisure. While most of the rare objects and furnishings procured come from France, the guest gift shop is curated locally. Best of all: the beach is a stone’s throw away, and the staff are happy to pack you a picnic upon request.

Hotel Joaquin is located on 985 N Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

NORTH

Proper San Francisco

For the restless urbanist who wants a change of pace with a different energy, San Francisco is the golden ticket. Proper San Francisco is a destination for interior enthusiasts reimagined by design doyenne Kelly Wearstler. The hotel’s located in the historic Flatiron building situated between Market St and the Tenderloin, a quirky neighborhood central to Downtown and some of the city’s most iconic landmarks.

Proper San Francisco is located on 1100 Market Street Hotel