Our Visit to the Inn at Playa Del Rey CA
We enjoy an annual visit to the charming Inn at Playa del Rey in the beach community of Playa del Rey, just south of Marina del Rey and west of Culver City in the greater Los Angeles area.
The Inn at Playa del Rey is a very special place for us, a bed and breakfast we discovered perhaps 6 years ago. We have celebrated special occasions there, but in recent years it’s become our tradition in in mid-January.
It’s especially meaningful given how much it reminds us of a Cape Cod Massachusetts inn and the Wellfleet area where we had our beach house. The Inn offers wonderful views of the Ballona Wetlands (some day we’ll do one of the tours), and with Playa del Rey beach homes and the boats moored at Marina del Rey in the distance, the Inn at Playa del Rey is a step back in time. For us it’s where relaxation immediately sets in and we feel like guests in a private home.
There is no doubt you are immersed in a small Southern California beach community, with all the sights, sounds and smells (the ocean, and lots of restaurants) one would expect. The beach itself is just a few blocks away, but with the back of the Inn facing the wetlands you may not want to even leave other than to have dinner.
We’ve eaten in town (Caffe Pinguini is a favorite), in Marina del Rey, and last night headed 15 minutes south to Manhattan Beach. The Inn has a book of menus from the local eateries, or you can be lazy and stay in, ordering dinner from one of the delivery services.
We always stay in the same suite – top floor corner – to enjoy the quiet but also wonderful views any time of the year.
This romantic hideaway is in stark contrast to Los Angeles just minutes away. On a clear day you can see LA skyscrapers, the Hollywood Hills, and mountains surrounding the LA basin and up the coast past Malibu. While presumably the intent is to escape it, city life is not far away, especially for visitors from out of town.
What makes the Inn at Playa del Rey so successful? For us it’s the charm, the views, the amenities (fireplaces, courtyards, free parking, free bikes, books and movies, free wifi, a wonderful living room with fireplace and comfy couches to relax in and enjoy wonderful views), a fabulous breakfast in an attractive dining room with views and fireplace, wine and hors d’oeuvres in the evening, and friendly helpful staff who treat you like personal guests.
It’s well worth a visit (they have wonderful Cyber Monday specials) if you are in the area. The Inn at Playa del Rey is on Culver Boulevard, which has some traffic, so you definitely want the rooms and suites facing north over the wetlands, and preferably on the top (3rd) floor if your budget permits). Each of the 21 guest rooms and suites are unique in size, style and décor.
The Inn at Playa del Rey was truly a wonderful escape, again, and we will definitely be back.
435 Culver Boulevard
Playa del Rey, CA