Top choice boutique hotel in Santa Monica

LA's grooviest hotel brand (not named Ace) occupies the 38 rooms, studios and one-bedroom apartments of the 1927 Spanish Colonial Embassy Hotel, with antique-meets-hipster-chic style. Each comfy room is slightly different, but look for picnic-table-style desks and wallpaper with intricate sketches of animals. Most rooms have full kitchens (and we love the coffee mugs with lifelike drawings of fish).

The lobby is fitted out with terracotta floors, beamed ceilings, leaded-glass windows and coffee bar, plus booths, leather sofas and an intimate back garden, and there's a vintage elevator leading upstairs. Continental breakfast is included on Saturdays and Sundays, and it has a fleet of local Linus bikes for rent for the day.

Service could not be better, which is probably why some guests stay for months. Discounts for longer stays. Overnight parking is $39.