On regular trips to visit family in Los Angeles, we usually stay in Santa Monica or Marina del Rey, but our favorites there were especially expensive this time, so we looked around. The Culver Hotel was a happy discovery for us. We enjoyed four nights there last week with our two sons, ages 9 and 5. The hotel is quite beautiful; it's old for LA (1924), nicely refurbished, stylish and interesting. I almost felt hip, though there's no pressure to be so. At every turn the staff were friendly and helpful. We had dinner at the hotel twice and breakfast every day. The food is very good, even excellent, and the outdoor seating was perfect for us and our children, who could wander around the small adjacent plaza and its spouting fountains while we finished our meals. The satisfying continental breakfast (included) was a daily treat for my wife and me; our boys enjoyed pancakes and waffles, and even scored some Lucky Charms from a gracious server. The continental breakfast is served on what the night before was the lobby bar. That felt just right. It's a fairly small hotel; they make good use of space. Night and day the lobby is inviting, comfortable, convivial. It's appealing in the evening, busy and buzzing, sometimes with live music, and also in the fresh light of morning, when we tended to linger. Culver City is burgeoning, it seems, and the hotel is in the center of things, and at certain hours there's some traffic, so we were glad to use the valet parking: just pull up and get out (more than once toting sleeping boys). The valet staff was friendly and efficient. From our room on the plaza side of the hotel (fourth floor of six) we heard only murmurs of the liveliness below. The room was quiet, clean, and comfortable. Stylish, too, in an understated way. For us, the Culver was a total winner.