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“Nostalgic digs, fun Santa Monica location” 4 of 5 stars
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Sea Shore Motel
2637 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405   |  
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Ranked #10 of 34 hotels in Santa Monica
Miami, FL
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Nostalgic digs, fun Santa Monica location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

This old-fashioned motel is a surprise, right in the middle of Santa Monica. It is in the midst of funky and charming little restaurants and shops and just a couple of blocks from the beach. Walking around the neighborhood, you feel like you are a part of it, rather than a tourist. Not fancy but serviceable rooms, and a convenient laundromat right next door. Very helpful management, and it is an exceptionally good deal for this pricey area.

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Barrington, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

The hotel is from antoher era and the rooms are OK. This is not new high count threaded sheets nor are the beds newer either. It is doable for the price which was under $200 for the area. "A Good deal" I was only there one night and it was fine for that purpose. I would be hard pressed to stay a week at this hotel. If I was coming from out of the country, you would be most likely OK with this budget hotel. Clean and on the waterfront super convenient to the LA airport and Santa Monica. Go for it, the price is right.

Room Tip: This hotel is not about being in the room, it is about the location. The room is fine for doing ever...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Valla, Australia
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

We stayed 3 nights in this quaint,extremely well situated motel in the heart of Main St Santa Monica.Very clean, staff willing to go that little bit extra to help you, the only downfall might be the
noise on certain nights(make sure trojans or bruins arent playing). Sunday mornings a great farmers market right across the road, an abundance of great bars,restaurants and shopping at your doorstep I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel to my heavysleeping friends, and to the lightsleepers bring earplugs All sorted.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

Stayed 2 nights in room 5.
The Motel is in a good location on Main Street (ie old Santa Monica), handy to the Farmers Market held across the road. The staff were helpful and the linen and pillows were very good.
The bathroom was clean but the shower curtain was too small for the opening of the shower which resulted in water on the bathroom floor.
Sleep quality was poor on the basis that there was a party nearby on the first night which went until around 2.30am in the morning. Can only speculate that this was on the upstairs terrace – could not see from our room.
The room is adjacent to the car park and driveway on the ground floor which meant it felt exposed with little privacy – we had to keep the blinds closed.
The air conditioning unit was very noisy (not optimal to use at night) and ill positioned in the room.
There was only one bedside table which is petty but annoying.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Buddina, Australia
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

This is the second time we've stayed at this motel now and both times have found the staff very helpful and friendly, rooms very clean and location excellent. The first time we stayed in a motel room near reception, second time in a suite/apartment. I would highly recommend this motel. Special thanks to Tom at reception.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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cheshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012 via mobile

We drove through santa Monica last year and I thought to myself that this would be a good place to stay after arriving from the uk. Last time we stayed at one of the airport hotels and it was so bland. We were not wrong. It was wonderful to drop the cases and go for a walk along the beach, just what you need after a long flight. We wanted a light meal and were spoiled for choice, there are so many excellent places to eat within strolling distance. The next morning we took a taxi to collect the hire car in Avis Santa Monica, we discovered that they would have delivered it to us at our motel. We will be doing this next time we fly into LAX.
We were awake early and the coffee at Amelia's, right next door was wonderful. In fact we returned there for breakfast and the owner phoned for a taxi for us.
A perfect start to our holiday.

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Kettering, United Kingdom
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18 hotel reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

A lovely stay in this Motel at the end of our route 66 trip. Due to a change in our booking at the last hour, we managed to stay in both the suite and the smaller room. We were very happy with both, along with the friendly staff. The only downer I would mention is that on a couple of occasions, the bar across the road got a bit noisy and wild too late into the evening. The Motel is aware of this, and the surrounding residents have been trying to shut it down, so for any light sleepers, this may be an issue. Otherwise a great stay in a really nice part of town.

Room Tip: perhaps keep away from the main road (as this is near the club opposite)
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Sea Shore Motel

Address: 2637 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Location: United States > California > Santa Monica
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Santa Monica
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Monica
#12 Family Hotel in Santa Monica
#16 Romantic Hotel in Santa Monica
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our rooms feature terra-cotta tile floors, refrigerators, air conditioning, cable TV, granite counter tops and more. We have a sun deck and an on-site restaurant and Laundromat. All our rooms are non-smoking. We offer free parking in our own parking lot. We are located within walking distance to all Santa Monica attractions and within a 1/2 hour drive to all Los Angeles attractions. Plus, we're only TWO SHORT BLOCKS from Santa Monica's famous white sand beach. Along historic and charming Main Street are numerous restaurants, art galleries, museums, dress shops, coffee shops, and more. A 2 night minimum stay is required on weekends and holidays. ... more   less 
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