We stayed in a 2nd floor suit with kitchenette. There were four of us. There is no air conditioning but the cool Pacific ocean provides natural cooling even in summer. There were two good ceiling fans that made the room a comfortable temperature. Our expectations for a hotel in Santa Monica next to the beach in our price range were low, but Hotel California exceeded our expectations. Security seemed adequate. There was a continental breakfast provided with pastry, coffee and juice. It is right on Ocean Boulivard and within walking distance of Santa Monica Pier and the downtown shopping district. We had dinner, lunch and breakfast in nearby restuarants. There was plenty of variety and price range to choose from with 5 blocks of the hotel. Free Wi-Fi.
Parking is somewhat of a issue as the hotel parking lot is very small (12 cars) and there is a $25/night parking charge. It is possible to park in city lots nearby or on the street with meters but there are many restrictions regarding parking hours and time limts. We decided to pay the $25 nightly parking and forget the hassel of moving the car constantly. The posters and art work are truely "vintage California"
We would stay there again for sure on a return to LA area. Great place to experience the Santa Monica and Venice Beach areas.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located steps from the beach and from the famous Santa Monica Pier, this world-famous hotel offers complimentary coffee, tea, fruit, WiFi, laundry room, as well as a private beach pathway! Experience the laid back California lifestyle as it should be. Moments from the shopping and dining, Third Street Promenade, Venice and Muscle Beach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- California Hotel Santa Monica
- Hotel California Santa Monica
- California Santa Monica