Sorry, couldn't help but blurt that out. There's something about sitting outside on a private veranda, listening to the crashing waves of the Pacific while sipping a lovely rose' (which is so NOT White Zinfandel) wine, with a working wireless access that makes me want to start, like totally like talking in Valley Girl Speak.
In all seriousness, if you're headed to the Santa Monica/Malibu area--you simply must stay at the Casa Malibu Inn. It's inexpensive (128.00 for a room with the view of Malibu Beach--get out!); it's unbelievably charming; the service is impeccable; it's a little slice of perfection. The decor in the rooms is funky, shabby chic, but the sheets are top notch and the owners are wonderfully accommodating, friendly and welcoming. I'm a jaded, road weary traveler, who hates leaving Maine, but this joint is so perfect that I've already started plotting and planning a return trip here with Retired Guy for a bit of a vacation (after summah's over, of course).