We spent a lot of time researching these Los Angeles beach hotels and we learned that a lot of places have "beach" in their name but are blocks from the sand, while others boast ocean views but really mean you can see the ocean if you lean out the window or peer over the shrubbery. All of our Los Angeles beach hotels are right on the beach or as close as you can get. Find out how we choose the recommended hotels. They are listed geographically, from south to north.
Malibu: Casa Malibu Inn on the Beach
The Casa Malibu's nondescript 1950s motel facade hides a motel that's a favorite of many. They don't have a website, but their phone number is 310-456-2219, 800-831-0858
Beach hotel next to calm water at the marina.
Beautiful ocean views, at the yacht harbor (not quite on the beach) - be sure you get an ocean view room upstairs.
The Casa Del Mar overlooks the beach and walking path, and is just a short distance from the Santa Monica Pier.
Fully-furnished studio suites in a renovated hotel on the Venice Beach waterfront.