Livin’ it Up

Hotel Hermosa gets a stylish summer renovation.

Sitting on the busy corner of PCH and Artesia Boulevard, Hotel Hermosa is a familiar sight to anyone who’s sat at the red light in rush hour. Rather unassuming in drab beige paint for many years, the building recently enjoyed a fresh new coat of coastal white and an 11-month renovation. Also making its debut is a signature pink neon sea monster on façade, greeting oncoming drivers.

Drenched in surf chic, the hotel and its 81 new guestrooms and loft suites aims to be both vacationer hub and local destination spot. The recently christened back patio, The Yard, is outfitted like a grown-up playground with three pool tables, a bocce court, giant Jenga set, fire pits, HDTVs, lounge seating and ocean views.

The former gym has transformed into a mini yoga studio overlooking the Pacific. In the nicely appointed rooms, a “Bat Phone” lets guests order libations from the nearby wine and liquor store on-demand.

Plus the location couldn’t be more perfect, with both the beach and Pier Avenue in walking distance for “off-campus” entertainment. Don’t be surprised if we’re pulling up a chair at Hotel Hermosa all summer long. For more information, visit