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( Gary Friedman / LAT )
260 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach; (800) 468-4292, www.hotelportofino.com
For a middle-aged gal, she's looking pretty good. At 45, the Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club has emerged from a yearlong, $11-million makeover that has put this Redondo Beach inn back into competition with the other beach babes.
It's the first complete renovation of the 161-room hotel since 1988, when 25-foot waves damaged six guest rooms and shattered the lobby's glass atrium. Noble House Hotels and Resorts, the longtime owners, didn't wait for Mother Nature's cue to freshen up this time; it was more like Father Marketplace. To capitalize on its marina and oceanfront location, the hotel now offers the kind of sophisticated décor and dining that matches the new image it wants to project: upscale destination.
-- Valli Herman
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