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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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Lincoln City, Oregon
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166 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A very good value. Walking distance to many attractions and restaurants. Not a luxury resort of course but comfortable and very friendly and relaxing. As with many city hotels the noise may require earplugs for some. I was able to use the cheaper parking across the road and street parking is free at night between posted hours.

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Muttenz, Switzerland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had a nice stay at Hotel California (2 nights). Only 2min. from Santa Monica Pier and 5min. to the Shopping Area, Hotel California has a great location. We were travelling at a time where the weather was not to good but still missed an aircon, but there's a fan.

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Good location near beach, room was a bit tired and dated but perhaps not entirely unexpected given the relatively low cost. My only gripe was parking situation. When I booked online I was informed the charge was $36 per night which I was prepared to accept. Unfortunately there are very few spaces at the hotel and there were none available... More 

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Broomfield, Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took my family here for a one night stay, while driving down the coast. We were so dissatisfied with our experience. Black mold in the bathrooms, no fire alarms in the room ( needed battery, so they just removed them), hair in sheets that clearly looked unclean, water coming through the ceiling, smelled of weed throughout the hotel (possibly coming... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It's easily the cheapest hotel in the area, it's friendly, clean, right by the beach (30 seconds walk), and also 5 minutes from downtown Santa Monica, and the pier. Doesn't do breakfast, and parking is a bit tricky ($36 to park outside the hotel, although all the spaces were already taken, $14 in the lot across the road if you're... More 

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Larvik, Norway
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Let's start with the bad. This hotel was dirty and we even found underwear under one of the chairs and pubic hair on the bathroom floor. There was no AC either, and the internet connection did not work 90% of the time. Now for the good. Location wise it is the best. The staff was very understanding and the service... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We, my son and I are staying at this hotel after having stayed at a neighbouring hotel last week, the difference is amazing, all the staff at the Hotel California have been friendly and helpful, particularly J P, who has been fantastic. We love the facility and location, we will definitely be back and recommend this great facility and staff... More 

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

Thanks so much for the outstanding review! Our goal is to make everyone fall in love with this little gem we call The Hotel California. So happy to see that you and your son caught the fever! Since you will definitely be coming back, make sure to call or email us first! We always offer our returning guests great deals... More 

Encinitas, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Charming, unique, steps from the beach & not too expensive. Friendly staff. Near the business summit I was attending & way less expensive then the other hotels. Loved the decor, comfortable beds. I would stay there again.

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

Wow Meredythe, you really summed our our hotel perfectly! In other words, Best Location, Best Prices, Best Beds. Your review means the world to us and we couldn't ask for anything nicer :) Being a fellow Californian, you now have no excuse but to drive on up and see us again soon! Santa Monica Beach is at it's absolute BEST... More 

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8 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the cutest hotel ever! The front desk clerk was very nice and welcoming and our room was absolutely adorable. It's a very warm and friendly place to stay! The bed and pillows were more comfortable than my own bed!! The location could not be any better and they let us park our car all day after we checked... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place was awesome! Very clean, kind of quirky....just minutes walk time to the beach. Loved the poster of the Attack of the 50' Woman. In comparison with other hotels in this area, it's a real bargain. And if you hit the promo to get the free T-shirt with your reservation, what do you really have to lose? Walking distance... More 

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

Thanks so much for such an awesome review! The 50 Foot Woman is only just one of many in our huge collection of vintage movie posters! After all, we are an arts and music lover's hotel! Glad to see that you recognized our value also! As you know, hotel prices in Santa Monica can be VERY steep. We strive to... More 

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