Generous-size suites, soundproofed windows, an open-air courtyard and pool, and ocean proximity add up to a delightful boutique hotel. There's a distinctly SoCal beach vibe: the welcoming residential feel begins in the glass-covered lobby where guests sit down to check-in. A colorful, designer-perfect lounge is for guests only. Business types like the in-room offices with extra-large work spaces and Wi-Fi throughout. Digital gadgets include iPod docking stations rooms and two plasma TVs in some suites. In-room design was kicked up a notch by world-class designer Anthony Baratta, who inspired a retro beach club vibe made up of sea greens, pale blues, and bright whites. The new restaurant Tower 8 serves market-centric cuisine with stunning ocean views.