With most of its 18 stories serving up views of Santa Monica harbor, The Huntley has it all: location, luxury lodging, spa and restaurant, to say nothing of a recent $18-million renovation, which also included the Presidential Suite (available for $1,900 a night). The New York Times calls this “a destination hot spot.” Rooms with a Pacific vista go for under $320, which includes spa access. (Among those who’ve accessed it: Sarah Jessica Parker.) Zingy cocktails are available in the Penthouse restaurant, which also offers four-star stargazing. The secret is to arrive early (say, 6-ish), when you won’t need a dinner reservation.
1111 2nd St., Santa Monica
310-394-5454
www.thehuntleyhotel.com