The location of this hotel is great if you are wanting to experience Santa Monica but do not let the pictures fool you that this hotel is located ON the beach because it is not. You have to go down an elevator and leave the property, cross the road and walk down a trail to the beach. The photos are taken to look beach front.
The rooms are nice but small. We asked for a deck and we were told we had to pay $50 a day extra for that. Other than that the decks are pretty much non existent. You can barely stand on them. We chose to pay extra for the deck and it was awesome to sit out there in the sun.
The service was great. From pulling up to checking out everyone was wonderful. They should be for $400 a night. Our kids were given kites upon check in to play with on the beach which was a very nice touch. We also got a fruit tray and water for upgrading.
My one complaint is the wifi is not free. It's $12 a day. Come on people wifi is free at McDonalds it's ridiculous to pay $400 a night for a room and not even be given free wifi access.
The pool and hot tub area were great. We met some cool locals in the hot tub who live near by. Local residents can buy a membership to use the gym and pool so we met a few people from the area and they said its not surprising to see a few celebs in the gym or pool because they live near by. I did order a glass of wine by the pool...$15 for that tiny plastic wine glass of California Sauvignon Blanc.
We chose to eat off the property. There are many great reasonably priced restaurants very close by. Great shopping and of course the pier is steps away.
If we return to Santa Monica we would stay at The Loews again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on the Pacific Ocean with the thriving Santa Monica city on one side and the sands of legendary Muscle Beach on the other, the Four-Diamond Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel is a beachfront retreat offering dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean and beyond. Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel has become the first luxury hotel in Santa Monica to receive the Santa Monica Green Business Certification. Offered through a partnership between The City of Santa Monica, Santa Monica Convention and Visitors Bureau, Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce and Sustainable Works, the certification program honors businesses that have taken measurable steps to incorporate sustainable practices into their operations. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Ocean & Vine offers the option to dine fireside or outdoors on a spacious patio while enjoying breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and world-famous Santa Monica Pier. Ocean & Vine's contemporary California farm-to-table cuisine showcases thoughtful interpretations of the familiar favorites. Recently named one of the "Best Hotel Spas" by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler for the second year in a row, Ocean Spa & Fitness offers an array of supremely-relaxing services. From Heated Lava Shell massages to age-defying facials, the eco-friendly Ocean Spa will keep you feeling relaxed...Naturally. An expansive fitness center features state-of-the-art cardio equipment with iPod docking stations and personal televisions. Guests may also take advantage of the full service salon. World-class biking, surfing, dining and shopping are right outside the hotel's door. Offering convenient access to everything Santa Monica has to offer, the hotel is just blocks away from the Santa Monica Pier, Third Street Promenade and the new Santa Monica Place mall. Muscle Beach's 26-mile paved strand offers the ideal setting to bike or blade. Santa Monica also boasts rich cultural history with an abundance of museums and theaters. Working with one of the hotel's Les Clefs d'Or certified Concierges puts all this and more at each guest's fingertips. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Santa Monica Loews