When it Comes to Hotels, Boutique is Better

By: Janeleisteiner
Travelers crave unique experiences, something unforgettable that they can attach to their mental photo album. Boutique bed and breakfasts and boutique hotels are like little pictures of vacation perfection. Their smaller size and unique dcor creates a more intimate experience than a plain franchise motel. So on your next trip out to the West Coast, try one of these distinctive boutique hotels.

Los Angeles is a huge metropolitan area, filled with diversity. Drive south and you'll find a quiet harbor town with an ocean view boutique bed and breakfast. Just minutes from the city, you can enjoy seaside access at a historic boutique inn. A short drive inland and you'll find a quaint old-fashioned village with a modern, sophisticated boutique hotel offering plenty of amenities.

If you're looking for a Los Angeles/Bed and Breakfast Boutique experience, the Blue Lantern Inn in Dana Point is sure to fit the bill. The 29-room inn is perched on a bluff overlooking the Dana Point Harbor. Several guest rooms afford sea views, and all of the rooms include a fireplace, whirlpool tub and a sitting area. Each of the rooms has been decorated individually in a romantic-style. The inn's location is ideal, just minutes from Laguna Beach and a mere hour's drive from both Los Angeles and San Diego. There are even several popular restaurants within walking distance. A full breakfast and afternoon wine and hors d'oeuvres are included in the rates.

Located in Santa Monica, just a few blocks from the beach, the Channel Road Inn is a boutique bed and breakfast with plenty of historic charm. The guest rooms are individually decorated and many have a fireplace, jetted spa tub or a private patio. Each room features fine linens, European bath soaps and DVD players. Guests can borrow movies and books at the front desk. The innkeepers serve a full breakfast, as well as afternoon tea and homemade cookies. Concierge services also are available. Guests can walk or borrow the inn's bicycles and visit local shops and restaurants.

Just east of Los Angeles, you'll find charming Claremont Village and Hotel Casa 425, a modern boutique hotel. Rooms are decorated in contemporary style, opening to the hotel's courtyard. An outdoor living room offers plenty of places to relax, as well as fountains and fire pits. The hotel staff screens movies in this outdoor living room, so you can snuggle up and enjoy the show. The lounge and bar offers a full cocktail menu, as well as selection of fine wines. Claremont Village is loaded with historic ambiance, and plenty of shops and cafes are within walking distance of the hotel.

Boutique hotels and boutique bed and breakfasts are all about personal service and sophistication. These special Los Angeles bed and breakfasts offer everything you'll find at a chain hotel, as well as the charm and unique atmosphere that sets them a world apart from ordinary lodgings.
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