Price From $140
'Hood About 8 miles northeast of downtown L.A., South Pasadena is a small, walkable community with a bustling farmers' market and grand Edwardian and Victorian estates.
The Vibe The classic B&B experience. Start with a leisurely breakfast on the wraparound porch, and then admire the English rose garden before heading into the city.
Rooms Every room is done in the style of a painter or school of art: Choose between Gauguin or Grandma Moses, Impressionist or Expressionist. The Van Gogh room is a pitch-perfect reproduction of the artist's "Bedroom" painting.
Plus It's a safe, five-minute walk to the Gold Line of L.A.'s subway—and then a quick 30 minutes into the city's Chinatown neighborhood.
Minus Night owls beware: Breakfast is served between 8 and 9:30 a.m. Get up late, and you're out of luck.
Free Wi-Fi? Yes.
Credit Cards Accepted AmEx, Mastercard, Visa.
Details Doubles from $140, including breakfast.