It's hard to know how to write this, because I'm afraid I won't be able to convey how special this place is. First I'll tell you what it is not. I've stayed in many very nice chain motels and they have their place, but the Rest Haven is not that. It isn't a bland, generic tupperware box of a room, uniform from coast to coast. This is an older place that has been brought up-to-date so that it is clean, comfortable, and modern yet it retains its unique personality. I've stayed here twice in a room off the courtyard. In the warm afternoons, I left the door open and watched the hummingbirds flit around the flowers. A quince tree hung heavy with fruit. A breeze blew through the room. I just loved this place. The staff is very nice. Their attitude is so personal compared to a chain motel. The first time I arrived, Jannet said, "There are two rooms available. I'll show them to you and you can choose which one you want." That's never happened to me before. Finally I'll say the prices are very, very low compared to other Santa Monica accommodations. Now, just to be totally objective, I'll say that a person who prefers a grand, antiseptic room may not appreciate the unique, handmade feel of the Rest Haven. And I do have to report that there were some brief interruptions in the water service and once some noise came through the wall when my neighbor shouted in anger during a phone conversation. But if I could, I would spend my whole summer at the Rest Haven, enjoying Santa Monica and the nice people who manage this place. Please don't change, Rest Haven.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- *All request, including room type, are non-guaranteed and shall be honored depending on availability at check-in.* We are a small and basic motel. To noise sensitive; we are behind the Jack in the Box(fastfood chain) and the night Bar name TriP. Welcome to Rest Haven Motel, Santa Monica !!! Feel good in this neighborhood if you would! This is an economy motel conveniently located in Lincoln Blvd and Grant Street just 20 minutes walk to the Third Street Promenade in downtown Santa Monica and the famous Santa Monica Pier where fun and enjoyment can be had beyond compare. The place is quite accessible to many other favorite tourists' haunts known the world over like Venice Beach, Malibu, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Universal Studio, Disneyland, and more which makes every stay a pleasure. Built in 1938..."A marvelous experience"... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rest Haven Hotel Santa Monica