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The Hotel California

2.0 of 5 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This hotel is deceiving from the outside, but once inside, you get to see its true charm with lovely courtyards and the beach in sight. The location is unbeatable with steps right to the beach and pier. The room was large with two beds and a sitting area, perfect for families with kids who want to preserve their sanity. The... More 

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Newport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stayed at the Hotel California for two nights in November on the last leg of our two week USA trip, and we couldn't have picked a better hotel to end our vacation on a high. As soon as we arrived the staff were extremely welcoming and friendly, they even had 'The Hotel California welcomes the Howells family from the... More 

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Galway, Ireland
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

James at the front desk was so helpful. He needs to be a bit of a shrink to help sooth nerves after the hassle of trying to park in SM! If you are lucky enough to get a spot in front of the hotel for $36/night take it. Better still avoid bringing a car if you can. The 30+ mile... More 

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Bronte, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Hotel California has got it right. The location, the cosy yet spacious rooms and very importantly the staff. Both James and Sarah are both very kind people- their laid back personality is infectious. All the staff including the nice cleaners contribute to create a positive vibe. Highly recommend to anyone travelling to the Venice/Santa Monica areas.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My two friends and I stayed one night and loved it. Close to the beach , wonderful service and a great comfortable room. The front desk staff was so friendly. We were heading to Burbank and hated to leave! We definitely stay again and recommend to others.

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Campinas, SP
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have nothing but good things to say about this hotel, we stayed in a big room with a kitchen and couldnt ask for more hospitality and friendly staff that treat you so nice and so polite. Thank you Aaron, James and Katie. You guys are awesome, thank you for the great time I had there! Cheers!

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is not a favourable review: Prices of hotels in Santa Monica are stellar and this one is at the low end of high. The studios are large. I was in room 4 - to be avoided. This, because the bedroom is under a wooden staircase. The bed was comfy. It all looks very louche/bohemian. Parking (at $36 per day)... More 

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

Paul, We were very surprised to read your review, and hope to address these concerns. As you can see by our other reviews, these circumstances you mention are not typical. We strive to provide the best possible service, within our limits of course. Our small staff is more than happy to go above and beyond to assist in any matter,... More 

Eugene, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Checked in on 11/19/2014 and out on 11/22/2014. Aaron and James were very accommodating with the reservation and anything else needed - a restaurant recommend, directions, mailing a letter and searching for an article left behind. Always cheery and pleasant. Hotel California is lucky to have these two employees and the rooms were clean also, so thumbs up for housekeeping... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband & I had one night to spend transiting in LA. We decided to stay at The Hotel California - best idea we had! Came in late at night, went straight out for dinner a 5 min walk away and strolled the famous pier to get over our jet lag. The next morning, up bright and early and had... More 

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

Andrea, We appreciate your amazing review! Hopefully next time you will be able to stay with us for more than one night! Santa Monica has so much to offer, and although you guys seemed to hit a lot of the cool spots, there are plenty more that we could show you! Call me directly next time you and your husband... More 

Hockessin, Delaware
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is not your big impersonal glass and concrete hotel by the beach! Guests in all 37 of the rooms are treated like family friends with cheerful service, great local advise and wonderful accommodations. The few rooms facing Ocean Ave have traffic noise, but the suites in back have ocean breeze ventilation and some great views. We loved #37. Parking... More 

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

Hey Gordon! Hope you are keeping warm in Delaware! You can now consider The Hotel California your private beach getaway. We love to hear that your stay was "like staying with friends"! You are right when making sure to highlight how different we are compared to the other hotels in Santa Monica. We definitely have a unique, beachy, cool vibe.... More 

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Address: 1670 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Location: United States > California > Santa Monica
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — The Hotel California 2*
Number of rooms: 36
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Also Known As:
California Hotel Santa Monica
Hotel California Santa Monica
California Santa Monica
Hotel Style:
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Monica
#6 Family Hotel in Santa Monica
#13 Romantic Hotel in Santa Monica

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