The Redondo Beach Hotel in California — Photo courtesy of The Redondo Beach Hotel
When The Redondo Beach Hotel rose in the space that once held the Sunrise Hotel, the change was obvious. The completely renovated hotel took on not only a new name, but also a completely new look and feel as well, bringing that Los Angeles beach community another terrific place to settle in and soak up the sun.
The bright, airy property offers 112 guest rooms and suites and a perfect location for anyone looking to head for the water to get away from it all. Redondo Beach is one of Southern California's lesser-known gems, often taking a back seat to Malibu, Santa Monica or Manhattan Beach when visitors think of coming for a vacation.
But that's actually the beauty of Redondo, for it's a laid-back beach community, filled with plenty of things to see and do, yet completely relaxed – and without the brutal traffic snarls and crowds that often characterize those other SoCal destinations.
One of the comfortable rooms at The Redondo Beach Hotel — Photo courtesy of The Redondo Beach Hotel
The Redondo Beach Hotel sits just steps from the marina and a few short blocks from King Harbor, where there's so much to do that you'll be hard-pressed to choose.
But you might just want to stay at the hotel for the afternoon, as the rooftop terrace has an incredible view. Don't be surprised to see a wedding happening here on the weekends; it's that scenic a spot.
The hotel offers all the staple amenities, too, from free WiFi, a state-of-the-art fitness center and plush bathrobes to a complimentary continental breakfast, complete with a sunny patio where you can slowly sip your coffee and take in the ocean breezes. There's a lovely swimming pool to enjoy as well.
You'll find your own private balcony if you book a room with an ocean view, too.
The fitness center at The Redondo Beach Hotel — Photo courtesy of The Redondo Beach Hotel
The concierge is happy to arrange rental bicycles during your stay, so be sure to take advantage of that. There's a 22-mile-long beach bike path known as "The Strand," which meanders along the Pacific Ocean from Redondo Beach all the way north to Pacific Palisades.
Take an easy pedal north from the hotel, or steer your bike just a short ride south to King Harbor, where favorite restaurants and watering holes with great views (like Kincaid's, Tony's on the Pier, Captain Kidd's and Barney's Beanery) await.
Watch for seals frolicking in the harbor. Keep your eyes open for dolphins, too. And be sure to catch at least one beautiful sunset over the water.
The swimming pool at The Redondo Beach Hotel — Photo courtesy of The Redondo Beach Hotel
You can also take the semi-submersible Looking Glass harbor boat ride (great for kids); rent a stand-up paddleboard for some inside-the-harbor exercise; or charter a sail boat or fishing boat to get out into the ocean.
Look for whale-watching tours from January to April, which allow you to see humpbacks and other whales up close as they head north to Alaska.
The Redondo Beach Hotel is a perfect jumping-off spot for serious shoppers, too. Check out the eccentric shops in Riviera Village (a few miles south), or gear up for some serious retail therapy at the South Bay Galleria, the massive shopping center just a few miles inland.
And if surfing or diving is your passion, then don't miss the famed Dive N Surf shop, literally one block from the hotel. That's the place where the Body Glove brand was born and nirvana for water-sports lovers.
Using The Redondo Beach Hotel as a home base to sun, swim, shop and savor all that Redondo Beach has to offer makes even more sense when you stay for a while; be sure to check out the hotel's special discounts for stays lasting longer than three nights.
The Redondo Beach Hotel is located just steps from the water — Photo courtesy of The Redondo Beach Hotel