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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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Idaho Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I stayed at Hotel California with my boyfriend to celebrate my birthday by the beach. It was fantastic! The hotel is a cute little shabby chic hotel with a very unique style. You find out what true customer service is at this hotel. The staff really goes out of their way to get to know you. James did every thing... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

OK, tough trade-offs going on here, bottom line: one of the cheaper non-dive hotels in a white-hot great location right next to hotels that are 75% more expensive (but THC charges $36 parking - cheaper public parking is almost never available). Ex: Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel on left in attached photo. The main downsides we experienced were: - not... More 

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Dortmund, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

....see in this hotel but I just want to say no, not again. It would be OK for a low budget, hostel style hotel but what you get for the price is far away from acceptable. It must be peoples memory or romantic to judge as good, I haven't had any surfer or rose-colored glasses on and just want to... More 

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Basel, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a suite of sorts as travelling with a teenage daughter (she got the best room!). The back bedroom was a bit dark and cramped but it served its purpose. The decor of the main bedroom was nicer (surf board head rest, quotes from Red Hot Chilli Peppers written on the wall, large mirrors) being airier and allowing some... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It can be a gamble when you find hotels that are listed as "retro" and "quirky" and other descriptors that can be code for "'not good"...but this place was as quirky as they get. However..it was quirky in a really outstanding way. Funky surfer/guitar themed decor (we stayed in the Junior suite with the extra room), very clean, good shower,... More 

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Austin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If all you can afford to spend is 309.00 then I suppose this is the best you can do. The location is great. It's a kitschy surf themed hotel. It's cute. Our room was one of the closest to ocean ave. Although upon check in it seemed convenient, it's loud at night when you are trying to sleep. Also it's... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Welcome to the hotel California , what a lovely place. Truly a great hotel location, location , location just metres from Santa Monica pier . Do yourself a favour and spend some time here and enjoy the atmosphere and friendly service . Everything Santa Monica has to offer is just around the corner easy walking and lots to see. Rooms... More 

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woodside, california
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I do not even know where to begin except to say that James and company helped my daughter to have the best birthday ever! This is what my daughter had to say about The Hotel California, "It was the best trip I could've asked for, it was better than I even imagined." Thanks again James and supporting cast for everything!... More 

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

Dr. Frank! We're so pumped that we helped make your daughter's special trip even that much better! The girls were a pleasure to have and seemed to make the best of their visit to the beach! Be sure to call me next time you and your family decide to make the journey down the coast! I'll take awesome care of... More 

Sacramento, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I took my son to the beach for the day and my husband got stuck at work so we had to stay the night. It turned out being such a sweet trip for my little boy and myself. Thank you James and Brianne for all of their help and for being so great :)

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

Thanks for the great review Jess! So glad that you stumbled upon us while hanging at the beach :) Hopefully you were able to spend some amazing extra time with your son while here. Those unexpected trips are the best ones! Next time bring the whole family! We'll be sure to get you a great return-guest discount, along with a... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I loved how this place had art from local artists for sale in their lobby and for the beautiful mural painted outside, but the quality of the room isn't the best. The room was very outdated and wasn't appealing at all. Also parking was a tight fit.

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Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers, roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica pier spins high above the water, while park revelers scream with delight riding the roller coaster. Inland from the beach, Third Street Promenade bustles with shoppers and street performers, where every block seems to have a musical or acrobatic act drawing crowds giving Santa Monica both the feeling of a laid-back beach town and a major commercial hub.
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