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Best Hotels in Manhattan Beach, CA and Fun Things to Do

Nestled in the southwest portion of Los Angeles County is the picturesque seaside city of Manhattan Beach. It lies on the Pacific coast and is one of three major “beach cities” that constitute Santa Monica Bay. Home to attractions from the Manhattan Beach Pier to Polliwog Park, the city is part of the Rancho Sausal Redondo (literally “round clump of willows”).
A bit of history . . . in 1901, George Peck owned the north end of the city, and John Merrill held the southern end. George called his land “Shore Acres” while Merrill called his land “Manhattan” after his previous home in New York City. As they’d reached a stalemate on the name, they did a coin flip. “Manhattan” won. The city later became known as Manhattan Beach on the insistence of the post office.
Today, Manhattan Beach is popular amongst travelers for its fine dining restaurants in downtown, pier, surfing, and beach volleyball. In fact, it is known as the ‘beach volleyball capital of the world’!  Take a bicycle path constructed especially for the beach, and view the scenic coastline and water sports in and near the ocean.


Enjoy your stay at one of the best Manhattan Beach, CA hotels

Choose from a multitude of lodging options in Manhattan Beach, CA. These best hotels are ranked high and are sought after by travelers. They include the Shade Hotel, Manhattan Beach Marriott, Residence Inn Los Angeles/Manhattan Beach, Belamar Hotel, the Best Western Plus, and Sea View Inn.  These hotels in have a broad range of amenities that leave minimal room for disappointment. From pools to free parking, to breakfast buffets and free Wi-Fi, you’ll feel relaxed and comfortable throughout your stay. If you’re looking for pleasure, look no further than theses hotels.

The Shade Hotel 

Are you seeking a luxurious stay at a boutique hotel on the beach?  It's awesome and somewhat pricey, but all the personalized amenities will make your vacation or business travel fabulous.  Once here, you’ll see why Travel and Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, Sunset, and recommendations from guests per Trip Advisor, call out the Shade Hotel for being top-notch.  Just 15 minutes from LAX, the hotel sits just two blocks from the beach.

Select from five fabulous room types including an Executive Studio, a deluxe spa room or a luxurious spa suite. Pay a higher price and enjoy the Napa Suite or Penthouse if you are looking for a romantic trip, celebrating an anniversary, or honeymoon. In fact, contact the event team at The Shade Hotel to start planning your wedding and celebratory events.

The studio is perfect for a business executive in need of an extended stay and featured a built in desk, large sink and wet bar area, and offers a private office and board room table.  Enjoy your separate bedroom and dining/living room area, and relax on a large balcony which overlooks the Metlox Plaza. Or choose from a deluxe spa room or suite with tranquil blues and greens, rich woods, and pleasing furniture. Sleep well on a California King Temper-Pedic ™ mattress in a well-appointed atmosphere with a rolling work desk that can accommodate you from the bed. Both rooms and suites offer Keurig coffee makers and spa-style bathrooms equipped with soothing showers and a spa tub.  These Sanijet ™ tubs provide color therapy to help you relax.  Suite-style rooms sleep four comfortably, offering a sleeper sofa, provide more space for families, and includes a double-balcony.

Book the Napa Suite separately or with the connecting Penthouse suite and receive all the amenities the deluxe rooms provide.  Plus, there is a sit or stand Mr. Steam ™ steam shower, along with the color-therapy Sanijet tub, a queen sofa sleeper, and additional living room space.  Upon arrival, receive two complimentary bottles of red California wine. A step above is the Penthouse Suite consisting of a larger bathroom and living space, an expresso machine, a bar perfect for entertaining guests complete with a cocktail shaker and beer on tap, by request. 

Here, be entertained on the rooftop with yoga each Monday and Saturday morning at 10 AM, take a dip in the sparkling pool, and enjoy cocktails at night as the sun goes to sleep.  The Shade also offers so many dining options to suit family and business travel needs.  Start your day with a complimentary breakfast featuring yogurt parfaits, fresh fruit, lox and bagels, oatmeal, an array of cereals and pastries, juice and coffee. The Terrace & Lounge, with indoor outdoor seating, has a vast range of California wines, cocktails and delicious small bites.  During the week, from 3 PM to 6 PM each Monday – Friday, enjoy half priced, beer, wine, cocktails, and appetizers.  There’s also 24-hour room service so select from lunch/brunch, Shade Hour, VIP to-go dinners and dinner and liquids. You’ll also appreciate yummy cake pops with your turn down service.

Additionally, for just $60, feed a family of four when ordering a personal chef to cook for you Sunday through Thursday evening. Don’t forget your pampered pooch. For a one-time cleaning fee of $125 per stay, you won’t have to leave your loved one behind as the Shade is pet-friendly!  Once you spend time pampered in The Shade, you’ll never want to leave!

Manhattan Beach Marriott

iStock-543591310.jpgStay in one of the 373 rooms or 12 suites in this 7-story property. This hotel is smoke-free and offers the excellent amenities you would expect from Marriott. Public hotel areas including the lobby offer free wireless internet, though you may be charged daily for high speed and advanced high-speed usage in your room. Enjoy either city or golf course views from your comfortable room and play nine holes of golf right on the beautiful hotel grounds.

Business travelers will appreciate the fax and overnight delivery service, two-line phone in-room, dry cleaning, local restaurant delivery, newspapers in the lobby or delivered to your room, per request, and foreign exchange nearby.  Enjoy the concierge level with an exclusive hospitality suite for snacks, light meals, and beverages, and work out at the fitness center.

Portable cribs are complimentary and rollaway beds are available, as are sofa sleepers.  A mini-fridge and small wet bar are common room amenities.  Treat your children to a free breakfast on weekends and enjoy a continental or full American breakfast in the restaurant.
On-site parking is a little steep at $29 daily, $35 for valet, but the hotel does offer six complimentary electric car charging stations for Teslas and universal vehicles.
Would you like to bring along your cat or dog?  The Marriott is pet-friendly and charges a non-refundable fee of $75 per stay.

Residence Inn LAX/Manhattan Beach

Families recommend this Residence Inn as a favored choice.  It portrays a peaceful and quiet atmosphere offering a comfortable experience in the apartment-styled property.  One of the few hotels in Manhattan Beach, CA located relatively close to the beach, easily go for a swim or surf.  If you need to stock up on groceries, the Manhattan Village shopping center is nearby. So is Ralph’s grocery store. The hotel’s staff deserves an honorable mention; they’re professional, helpful and friendly.  And speaking of hospitable, yes --- the Residence Inn is pet-friendly for $100 a stay.

Belamar Hotel

Belamar Hotel is one of the top-ranked hotels that offers a homey feel per travelers and is just a mile from the beach. The hotel has a retro vibe infused with modern styling. Whether you stay at one of the 120 boutique rooms or the seven fabulous suites, be wowed by the stylish décor, comfortable robes, Wi-Fi on the house, and flat-screen TVs.  Once pet-friendly, following a renovation in summer 2017, the hotel ceased allowing four-leggeds to the hotel.

Refresh in a jetted bathroom hot tub or enjoy a breathtaking view of the gorgeous courtyard from the terrace. Make your coffee using the Keurig machine or savor a treat from the mini fridge. Relax on a sunny, hot Manhattan Beach day in the year-round temperature controlled courtyard pooliStock-178093022.jpg
Are you a business traveler?  Host a meeting in the flexible meeting areas to accommodate up to 120 guests. There is also a cozy 2nd-floor meeting area with a kitchen and a communal break-out space. Use the complimentary 24-hour business center or get a great workout in the fitness center.

The Belmar Hotel also offers a full bar to enjoy cocktails and conversation, event catering provided by Second Story Restaurant, room service, and a sundry shop.  Freshly baked cookies and fruit infused water are also a complimentary afternoon delight found in the hotel’s lobby.

Feel like playing a volleyball game at the beach but don’t want to walk all the way there?  Rent a bike right on-site and pedal it to the beach. The bikes come with a basket, lock, and are a cheery shade of green.  If you arrive by car, note that valet parking is available for $15 per night.

Best Western Plus – Manhattan Beach Hotel

The Best Western Plus is a hotel in Manhattan Beach, CA that travelers adore. From its immaculately clean rooms to the complimentary breakfast buffet, this Cape Cod-fashioned hotel speaks of perfection. Even through times when it underwent construction, it managed to retain its charm. The staff is personable and professional and offers chilled water, Otis Spunkmeyer cookies and gift at check-in. 

An executive will appreciate the business center for having a fax, copy services, modem hookups, outbound mail and shipping services, meeting rooms and conference facilities. Families will enjoy the extra sofa beds, and available cribs, plus several rooms offer kitchenettes with pots and pans for easy meal preparation.  Additionally, the Best Western Plus offers a social hour Monday through Thursday evenings featuring small bites to light meals with beverages including beer and wine.

Find a full fitness center with equipment, weights, and even yoga mats.  Or, if you wish to ride a bicycle on the paved road next to the beach or stride in the sand, it’s conveniently close --- just one mile away. So are restaurants and the modern shopping centers at Manhattan Beach such as Target. Even though the street is busy at times, the guests inside enjoy a peaceful and quiet stay, without disturbance. This one is a “must-stay, ” and it’s just 4 miles from LAX.  


Sea View Inn at the Beach

Looking for an economical hotel offering a place to crash near the beach? Select from options including standard rooms, deluxe, luxury, executive, penthouse suites or for an extended stay, rent an apartment. Every room includes a Simmons Posturepedic ™ mattress, 400 thread count sheets, complimentary Wi-Fi, organic bath amenities, refrigerator, coffee maker, and HD TV.

The Sea View Inn offers fireplaces in select rooms, pool, and complimentary on-site parking.  Also provided by the hotel are beach chairs, beach towels, bikes, beach umbrellas, boogie boards, and beach toys for the kids --- at the right price:  Free!

Try these fun things to do in Manhattan Beach, CA

Beach Volleyball

Given Manhattan Beach is the beach volleyball capital of the world, many local clubs often host classes, practices, and games.  If you are looking to watch, or perhaps get into the action, head to the beach.  Tournaments typically take place on the pier's Southside.
Since 1960, the city plays host to The Manhattan Beach Open.  It's the only professional volleyball tournament allowing amateurs the opportunity to "place into" the tourney via pre-qualifying rounds.  Those winning the competition earn bronze plaques shaped like volleyballs and are placed among the "Volleyball Walk of Fame."  Stroll along Manhattan Beach Pier to view them.
The International Surf Festival is hosted yearly during a weekend and rotates venues.  Co-sponsored by Manhattan Beach and an array of local seaside cities, competitions take place in surfing, bodysurfing, a fishing tourney, beach volleyball, paddle boarding, swimming, lifeguarding and building sand castles. 


Watch the Sharks at Roundhouse Aquarium

Come to this marine studies lab, and find that is it offers great learning opportunities. Kids can see the variety of small fishes in the touch pool area.  There is large aquarium filled with local marine life from sharks to stingrays. Funded as a not-for-profit organization dedicated to research, donate the entry fee of  $2 for individuals and $5 for families towards research. It’s fun and entertaining little place to visit at the end of the pier on Manhattan Beach.

Feed ducks at Polliwog Park and let Fido run free in the dog park

There are plenty of fun things to do in Manhattan Beach, CA. If you have children, feed the ducks and geese at the largest park in the south bay area or take a dip in Begg Pool, open for recreational swimming.  Need a break?   Curl up with a fascinating book in one of the three gazebos adjacent to the beautiful rose garden.  Consider hosting a cookout at the 18-acre Polliwog Park and watch your kids create memories in the lighthouse feature at the play area. There is also a sand area, climbing equipment, and a spiral slide.  Get there early to reserve your place, as it is a favorite spot.
iStock-538591214.jpgWhile here, don’t miss the Manhattan Beach Botanical Garden which is powered by volunteers. Seven interpretive signs help guests navigate through the park, and private tours offered for a nominal fee. Enjoy the meditation garden, Sunday bird walks --- over 130 species have been sighted here.  Also, be sure to look for one of the city’s oldest cottages moved from the beach to the park.  The structure is now used to house the city’s Historic Museum.

The features ample restroom facilities, drinking fountains, numerous park benches, an exercise course, shady areas and a fenced dog run for your energetic pooch. Parking is available curbside along Manhattan Beach Boulevard and Redondo Avenue.

Explore parks and more parks in this coastal paradise!

Another of the Manhattan Beach’s 11 parks is Sand Dune Park, known for a 100-foot high dune.  Traverse trails and switchbacks featuring several options to reach the top and enjoy a picturesque eastern city-facing view.  This three-acre park boasts a merry-go-round, climbing apparatus, and swings for children in a fenced area. Bring your leashed dog for a walk on designated pet trails.

The city’s beautiful parks include 48 total acres of land and feature 18 ball fields, six batting cages, four racquetball courts (pay and play) and 18 tennis courts.  Additionally enjoy five full-sized basketball courts, two outdoor exercise equipment areas, two community centers, and a 1.7-mile jogging trail along Veteran’s Parkway.


Strand House SunsetiStock-476520413.jpg

What better way to enjoy a mesmerizing Manhattan beach sunset than from a table near the glass windows at the Strand House with a fruity cocktail in your hand. Make it special with a loved one, but arrive early as it gets becomes busy due to the spectacular sunset view.

The favorite restaurant is among the best in Manhattan beach and features fresh and sumptuous shellfish tower, charcuterie and cheese plates, and Hamachi Crudo.  Enjoy brunch, lunch, dinner, dessert, hand crafted cocktails, bottle service, and an assortment of great wines


Downtown Manhattan Beach

Farmers Market – Tuesday’s starting at 11 AM – Come and buy some locally grown organic veggies and fruits, along with flowers and plants.  Pick up prepared foods and watch your little ones smile as they revel in having their faces painted.
Shopping - Take a stroll along streets of Manhattan Beach, window shop, or make unique purchases.  From jewelry stores to art galleries, boutiques, beachwear, and casual apparel find great selections.  Have your hair styled at a local salon, get a mani-pedi, buy running shoes, or pick up a new suit.  It’s all here in the downtown area!
Dining – Looking for a tasty, casual meal?  Try El Sombrero, Mama D’s, Old Venice, Pitfire Pizza, or Simmzy’s.  Brunch?  Check out the MB Post, Zinc at the Shade Hotel, Rock N Fish or Love and Salt.
Nightlife – Cocktails, exquisite wine, and craft beers are all plentiful, as well as live music.  Visit the Strand House, the Shade, or Shark’s Cove to hear local bands.


The Strand Bike Ride

The Marvin Braud Bike Trail runs along the coast and is a fun way to get a workout.  Enjoy the breathtaking panoramas of the Pacific Ocean while riding.  The trail is concrete and allows access not only to cyclists, but to walkers, inline skaters, and is wheelchair accessible.  Check out additional bike trails in this area too.


Paint the Pier at Paint and Pour

If you consider yourself artistic, now’s your chance to prove it. Try and paint the MB Pier at the Paint n Pour. You’ll wake up the inner Picasso in you as soon as you get started on your masterpiece. Plan a date celebrate with a bachelorette party, schedule a girl’s night out or just have fun.  Pay $40 to secure your seat (it’s $45 as a drop in if space allows), and purchase beer and wine ($4/serving), buy a bottle of wine ($18) or bring your bottle and pay a $5 corkage fee.  Leave with your 16 x 20 painting to display in your home, office or to give as a gift.
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Pier at Sunset - choness
Promenade - LordRunar
Cake Pops - RuthBlack
Golf Course - valio84sl
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Business meeting - Monkeybusinessimages
Beach Volleyball - Meinzahn



Topics: California