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The Hotel California

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1670 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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New York
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18 reviews 18 reviews
17 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

You can't beat the location- a block from the beach, the pier, and very close to the promenade. This hotel is right in the heart of Santa Monica for a fraction of the cost of most hotels nearby. We stayed in the double + twin bed room. The beds and the room were very comfortable and we slept soundly. Our... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Got upgraded to a suite when we checked in. James was totally awesome for helping us with all of our questions, and the upgrade! It's really expensive by the beach but this hotel was much cheaper. We will check this place out again next time we go to the beach.

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Woodinville, WA
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are of a certain age and enjoy the kitsch of a truly iconic hotel with tons of character, look no further, unless of course you are a stickler for cleanliness. My husband and I and our two college children stayed over the memorial day weekend. Close to everything. Two room suite with shared terrace, tiny bathroom and loads... More 

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Shanghai, China
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106 reviews 106 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

In question whether it's the famous Hotel California this hotel has a very god location just on the beach of Santa Monica. Yet, some of its rooms are right in the road and the facility it self is nothing special . No breakfast is served and very limited services offered

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Hotel Californi... S, Front Office Manager at The Hotel California, responded to this review

Sorry to see that you woke up on the wrong side of the Beauty Rest mattress! Compare your review to the other reviews on the same day and it's pretty clear that you're the odd man out. Everyone loves our amazing location, unbeatable prices, and incredible beds. We do understand that our hotel is not a fancy, 5 star resort,... More 

London, United Kingdom
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81 reviews 81 reviews
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This hotel is more like a little community than a hotel. It is perfectly placed to walk to the beach, shops and restaurants. We didn't use the car once while we were there. The staff were laid back and helpful and the other guests were very eclectic. It had no air con and sometimes the breakfast bagels (included in the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We just wandered in quite early in the morning knowing nothing about the place and were lucky enough to grab room 5 more or less as the last people vacated it. So lucky as otherwise full. It was actually a suite, perfect for the 3 of us. Gorgeous rooms, light, spacious but also very pretty. Everything we needed, including coffee... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There's "Hotel California" the song, and Hotel California, the Santa Monica hotshot, and--no surprise here--both are enduring hits. I went back again this year for Mother's Day, and found it was just as inviting, just as invigorating, and just as accommodating as before--if not more. The ocean view (ask for Room 32 or 33) was just as tantalizing; the jasmine... More 

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Hotel Californi... S, Front Office Manager at The Hotel California, responded to this review

Jill, We were SO happy to have you back to see us! The Hotel California is like your home away from home, and we love having you as our guest :) You know that you can always call me directly or email me anytime! Please let me know when you'll be back to visit us. I'll be sure you get... More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great location for this motel-style hotel, in a fantastic location in Santa Monica. However, let's be clear, this is a $70 hotel room, in a $400 location, so it is fairly basic. I will grudgingly admit that this passes for 'value' in the area. The rooms could also use some (maybe quite a lot of) modernisation and there is... More 

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Hotel Californi... S, Front Office Manager at The Hotel California, responded to this review

Quirky is a new word that we haven't been described as yet, but we'll take it! It's a little hard to categorize our hotel, but that's really because we are One of a Kind! You seemed to thing that our prices were high, although by doing a little bit of research you will see that our rates are hard to... More 

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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is our second time staying at hotel california, and it is just like I remember! Rooms are decorated with surfer vibe artifacts and movie posters, and grounds really well kept. Wifi was a little slow, but James at the front desk told us it was being upgraded within a few days. James to mention was so nice, just like... More 

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Hotel Californi... S, Front Office Manager at The Hotel California, responded to this review

Thanks for the awesome review Jenny! Glad to see that you came back to visit us a second time. We have so many return guests that it's getting harder and harder for people to book a room these days! I guess you should consider yourself a Hotel California insider, part of a cool club we have going on here! Let... More 

Los Angeles, California
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

For the location and price go to another hotel in Santa Monica. Period! First things first, expect to pay a lot to park your car ( if any of their 8 spots are free). Understand cleanness is a must, but the smell of cleaning product in our room was nauseating. I almost got a 2nd degree burn when trying to... More 

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Hotel Californi... S, Front Office Manager at The Hotel California, responded to this review

Wow, looks like someone woke up on the wrong side of our Beautyrest mattress! Please don't let this review fool you folks, as there is clearly an agenda on this person's mind... As hundreds of other guests have reviewed, our prices and location can't be beat. Our proximity to ALL Santa Monica attractions is incredible, leaving you no need to... More 

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