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Inn at Playa del Rey, CA : Great Stop for Business Travelers
by Courtney Caldwell

Santa Monica is quickly becoming one of the hottest spots in Southern California. And we ain’t talking weather.

Inn at Playa del Rey

Over recent years all of the major Hollywood studios have escaped the broken down buildings and streets (not to mention moral decay) of the once infamous Hollywood Boulevard. Most have opted for real estate and restaurants by the balmy beachside community and more eclectic melting pot of millions for making zillion dollar deals.

All this is well and good except that now it has turned the once quiet passive beach community of Santa Monica into a hustling bustling town of major moguls and outside visitors from around the world, leaving places to stay in Santa Monica at a severe shortage.

While comfortably accommodating tourists to the area all year long, it seems that the hotel industry has had difficulty keeping up with the increased business traffic, leaving nearby town hotels at full capacity, especially during film festival weeks. After all, Southern California is the motion picture capital of the world so such events are frequent.

This recent overflow has been especially good for the Bed & Breakfast community, a once inconspicuous and silent breed of room and board providers. Now it seems they’re everywhere and southern California is no different.

We recently had the opportunity to stay at the Inn at Playa Del Rey on Culver Blvd., approximately 6 miles from Santa Monica. Built in 1995 by a woman business owner and currently run by an all-female staff, the three-story building comes with a wide variety of rooms and suites all decorated in a very down-home sort of way. If you didn’t know better, you’d feel like you’re at grandma’s house in Pennsylvania when visiting this property.

Breakfast Room at the Inn at Playa Del Ray

There’s a fabulous sunshine yellow breakfast room that no doubt cheers up even the grouchiest of night owls in the morning hours. Breakfast includes choices of fruit, cereal, muffins and juices. And let’s not forget plenty of coffee.

An adjoining archway connects the dining area to a lovely living room full of overstuffed sofas and chairs, a fireplace and plenty of windows for sunset lighting. Speaking of which, this bed & breakfast serves wine and cheese to its guests, daily, creating its own little happy hour.

This property is very accessible from the 405 freeway, hovering on the Culver City/Play del Rey city lines, and only minutes from LAX. It’s also very close by to Marina Del Rey and Santa Monica, making it a great place to stay if you’re there on entertainment-related business.

And while it’s only about a mile from the Play del Rey beach, we strongly recommend beach-goers to head north towards the Santa Monica, Venice or Malibu beach areas especially if you’re a people watcher. Playa del Rey is a one-street town with little going on.

While the location is easily accessible and there’s plenty of free parking, as well as tight security for building entrance, the Inn at Playa del Rey doesn’t have much of a view and can be pretty noisy during the day due to passing traffic. We think it’s a great place for business travelers but not a first choice for a romantic getaway. Unless of course, you plan to spend the entire time in your room doing who knows what.

Rooms run from $185 to suites at $385, which includes free parking, breakfast, and wine and cheese at dusk. If they are not fully booked, the management staff will even allow you to see the rooms and choose from what is available. An elevator is available for those in need. But remember, it is a B&B, not a hotel, so there’s limited help with luggage and no room service. With that in mind, the Inn at Playa del Rey is a great stopover if you’re doing business in the area.

For more info visit the Inn's website or call (310) 574-1920.