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“Good budget hotel close to everything” 4 of 5 stars
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Santa Monica Motel
2.0 of 5 Motel   |   2102 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405   |  
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Ranked #28 of 34 hotels in Santa Monica
London
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7 hotel reviews
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“Good budget hotel close to everything”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013 via mobile

Good location, only 10 minutes walk from the restaurants and bars of Main Street and 15 minutes from the beach and promenade.
Room was a little small for 2 queens, but perfectly adequate for our needs and everything was nice and clean.
Wifi was slow but that's to be expected and it was free so not much to complain about there.
Would recommend this hotel to anyone looking for somewhere to rest their head for the night in a good clean hotel close to everything. If you want luxury, go somewhere else (that will be a LOT more expensive!)

Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Fort Worth, Texas
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9 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

I travel on business to work in the area often. I have stayed here twice and plan to stay again. This is a small clean 1950s motel that most likely catered to Route 66 tourists back in the day since Santa Monica Blvd is a few blocks away and is the end of the Mother Road at SM beach. There are lots of great restaurants no more than a 20 minute walk. 10 min walk to Main St to catch bus to Venice or SM. Rates are within govt per diem and is a good value. Great music club "TRIP" is right across the street. No cover. Great beer selection. Burlesque on Wed.

1st room I had was in back, clean with new carpet. A little rough around the edges. Only amenities are 100 channel cable TV with remote, free parking, box fan and free wireless internet. No pool, no coffee, no AC, no phone, no lobby.
2nd room I had was in back with 2 beds and was totally remodeled with fridge. Very nice.

Gas station is next door. Neighbor hood between motel and SM beach is very nice and a park is on the way to the beach. 15 minute walk to SM beach. 3rd street SM area is 15 minute walk. The location is great. The people working here and the customers staying here were very nice. I recommend for families and business people.

Room Tip: Ask for room in back due to noisy Lincoln Blvd.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013 via mobile

With no other availability in Santa Monica this motel was our last option. We had room 3 and if you are ever offered this don,t take it. It smelt, had loads of small flies in it, the bedspread had a cigarette burn, the only curtain was filthy and the carpet indescribably dirty. The shower head was rusty so we didn't use it and worse still on lifting a pillow this morning something crawled across the bedding. At $101 for a night it was disgraceful.

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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San Diego, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

The Santa Monica is your typical, well run ultra budget motel. The rooms are clean, spacious, and sparsely decorated. The most remarkable part of the hotel was the staff, which was absolutely lovely. I can't say enough about how friendly and helpful they were, though most of my interaction with them was through the security glass. This is a fine spot for families travelling on a budget (Santa Monica is horrifically expensive, especially during the summer time), or business travellers with a low per diem

Pros:
Cheap
Clean
Outrageously friendly staff
Close to the Civic Center and reasonably close to the pier for the price.

Cons:
The TVs are tiny and don't have remote controls.
There is no air conditioning.
The parking lot is one lane only, making it difficult to navigate when busy.
A bit loud with the windows open (again, no AC)

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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mtorres1, Manager at Santa Monica Motel, responded to this review, October 18, 2013
John A,

I would like to thank you for taking time out of your day to write our Motel a Tripadvisor review. We are honored you have written the two most important things we feel are necessary for and Motel property to achieve as we have at Santa Monica Motel! These 2 key essential things are outstanding service and clean affordable rooms. We look forward serving you whenever you decide to return to Santa Monica in the future!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013 via mobile

We were looking for a cheap nice little place in Santa Monica. Which is pretty hard to find! Every place we looked at was extremly pricey and to us was not worth spending 300 dollaes on a night. We luckly found Santa Monica Motel and we love it!!! The place looked very nice and clean. The service from there front desk ladies were better than i expected. The rooms are nice and spottless!!! We will be back to stay here again!!!

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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mtorres1, Manager at Santa Monica Motel, responded to this review, October 18, 2013
Chepguy,

We are honored we had the chance to serve you at the Santa Monica Motel. We at the Motel pride ourselves in providing excellent customer service while providing a clean and very much so affordable room compared to other Motels located on Lincoln Blvd in Santa Monica. Our front desk team will go above and beyond to make sure all your request and needs are meet. While our housekeeping goal is to make each guest room clean and comfortable as we want you to feel as if you where home! We look forward serving you in the future as one of our many return guest.
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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

Stayed here with friends, whilst on a road trip. This was a stop which was well worth it. Although very expensive for a motel, considering others in the area this really isn't too bad. We also booked last minute during peak season. The service was very friendly, the room was clean and location was also pretty good! The only slight drawback being that it was hot, and there was no air con, just a fan on the ceiling. Other than that everything else was pretty good about this motel and we would recommend it to anyone visiting this nice area.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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mtorres1, Manager at Santa Monica Motel, responded to this review, September 12, 2013
Mx_dude,

I am honored you choose the Santa Monica Motel from your journeys from the United Kingdom. I must agree with you 110% regarding our service our front desk team provides which is truly amazing! Our entire housekeeping team does their very best to ensure our guest rooms levels of cleanliness is immaculate, comfortable as our overall goal is to make each guest feel like they are home! We are located within a few minutes of a walk from the famous Santa Monica Pier, 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica Place Mall and Main Street Shopping District. I hope whenever you decide to return to Santa Monica we at the Santa Monica Motel have the chance to serve you again.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013 via mobile

Being a traveler, I stay in a lot of motels. I must say that I was surprised at the quality of the Santa Monica motel. Nothing in this price range compares to it! The room had new appliances, comfortable beds, and the staff was extremely helpful and pleasant. A definant must stay for Santa Monica.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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mtorres1, Manager at Santa Monica Motel, responded to this review, September 12, 2013
Dear NickDiddle,

I would like to thank you for taking time out of your day to write the Santa Monica Motel a Tripadvisor review. We have worked hard to make Santa Monica Motel much more appealing, pleasant for all of our customers. We pride ourselves in providing excellent customer service as well clean affordable guest rooms which we feel are the key factors our guests are looking for and would appreciate. We look forward serving you in the future whenever you return back to Santa Monica! Thank you for staying with us and have a wonderful day.
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Additional Information about Santa Monica Motel

Address: 2102 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405
Location: United States > California > Santa Monica
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #28 of 34 hotels in Santa Monica
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Santa Monica Motel 2*
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