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Bed and Breakfast Boutiques Offer Sophistication, Romance

Aug 24, 2008
Forget cookie-cutter motels and over-the-top resorts; book your next vacation at a boutique hotel or boutique bed and breakfast. These special lodgings combine the first-class service of a big hotel with the charm and intimacy of a bed and breakfast. The West Coast offers an abundance of unique choices.

Visitors to the Los Angeles area will be amazed at the many quaint and quirky towns that fill up this vast metropolis. From seaside harbor towns or bohemian beach towns to inland villages that remind one of a Norman Rockwell painting, you are sure to find something that will suit your needs and tastes.

For a Southern California boutique experience, try the Blue Lantern Inn. Nestled atop a bluff overlooking the Dana Point Harbor, the inn is all about location, location, location. This boutique hotel/bed and breakfast is midway between Los Angeles and San Diego. Famous local hot spots such as Doheny Beach and Laguna Beach are just a few minutes away. Better yet, many of the rooms offer views of the harbor and coastline. All of the guest rooms include both a fireplace and jetted spa tub. Guests enjoy both a full breakfast service, as well as afternoon wine and hors d'oeuvres.

When it comes to Los Angeles bed and breakfasts, The Channel Road Inn in Santa Monica, is hard to beat. This boutique-style inn offers more than a dozen guest rooms, each individually decorated, many with jetted tubs, fireplaces or perhaps a private patio. Most rooms feature a king-size bed, and all the beds are topped with luxurious linens and piled high with fluffy pillows. Guest baths are stocked with European bath soaps and shampoos. The innkeepers will loan DVDs and books, as well as offering concierge service and recommendations for local attractions and restaurants. The inn is just a few, short blocks to the beach, and all the fun of Los Angeles is just a short drive away.

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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