I will be driving down the coast with my girlfriend in the second week of June and am looking to use Santa Monica as my home base to explore LA. We are 30 are live in New York City, so we definitely don't want to be surrounded by buildings. Does anyone know if the Shore Hotel, Fairmont, Loews, or any others run specials because I thought a budget of $300 might get me something but apparantly not. All I've seen are rates between 450-500 a night which I just cannot afford. We are considering a bit north called the channel road inn. Has anyone stayed there and can let me know how it is? It seems nice and has bike's for us to ride down toward the pier. Thank you.