Close enough to LAX to see the runways, the Custom Hotel is a playful and practical redo of a 12-story, mid-century modern tower by famed L.A. architect Welton Beckett (of Hollywood's Capitol Records' building and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion). Playful touches include 1960s-era airline uniforms on staff, and Deck 33, a sociable poolside restaurant and lounge with fire-pit and DJs. Hangar 39 is the hotel's newest place to grab a bite to eat and a fancy cocktail. Practical
details include the soundproofed windows, ample bedside lighting, and free LAX shuttle. Close to all the beach towns with a decent public park across the street, the hotel is a welcome addition to the Westside's often pricey stays.