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Rest Haven Motel
815 Grant Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405 (Santa Monica)   |  
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Ranked #24 of 34 Hotels in Santa Monica
New York
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Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“I love this place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2012

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.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 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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resthavenmotel, General Manager at Rest Haven Motel, responded to this review, January 12, 2012
Thanks for this review. It is our pleasure to know that our service and our place made your trip to Santa Monica a pleasant and memorable one. Such impression means that our effort in making our place a better one to stay if not the best in comparison to the other motels, however, not everyone has the same opinion as yours. Other guests find our place in a negative way. Have a wonderful day!!!
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2012

I am a budget minded traveler. However, I would rather pay more than stay in a dive. But this place is VERY NICE and good for a budget. It is an older motel that has been fixed up nicely. The landscaping plants are mature and lush. The courtyard is very nice if you get a room in the back. All the rooms are different and if there are several available then Jannet, the manager, will be happy to show them to you so you can choose. We usually have 3 or 4 of us when we stay here so we like a room with one double and two twin beds. The kids each get their own bed! In that room, however, the bathroom is tiny. But it is manageable. The room under the apartment in the back off the courtyard has a double bed in one part of the unit and a door seperating it from the area where a twin bed is. That one has a larger bathroom. The other two off the courtyard in their own building are newer but smaller with one bed each and one has a nice handicapped bathroom. The room in the front under the apartment also has a double bed and a twin bed and the bathroom area is huge with a whole other section off of the bathroom with an additional dresser. This is probably the best one if you have a lot of stuff with you, like large suitcases to store. The rest of the motel has a strip of rooms off of the parking area and is the original motel building. Across from the parking area is a Jack in the Box and the drive through but the noise was really not too bad as the windows are newer and seem to be double paned. Actually we like it there as it is actually a buffer from Linclon Blvd which is in the front of the Jack in the Box. On the weekends, the noise from the bar kitty corner from the hotel can be loud if they have a band but we are usually out and about anyway. Basically if you are noise sensitive, get a room off the courtyard or wear ear plugs. The rooms each have a small fridge and dressers that are quite large. I have yet to stay in a room that has a desk or table but I have not needed them. There is free wifi. The office will give you the code. Each room also has nice flat scrren tvs on the wall up high. The rooms are clean with a surprise oragami towel animal for your pleasure. The towels are small and linens are basic. They do put a sheet on top of the bedspread which is nice. The room heaters are the old fashioned wall type. Ask on tips on how to use it. If you tend to get cold when you sleep, ask for an extra blanket as some of the doors have a draft at the bottom. The manager Jannet is so nice, I feel like I am visiting a cousin or something everytime I come here. Never hesitate to ask for anything. When Fred the owner is there, he is also equally as accomodating. DO NOT EXPECT the stuff you get at hotel/motel chains here. This is a historical landmark hotel with a cute neon sign. It has been refurbished quite nicely but the place does have some age related flaws. Also the area is not the greatest but not the worst either. It is super convenient to many area attractions and there are regular bus routes nearby. You can also easily walk to places like the Santa Monica Pier in 15-20 minutes. I just love this motel. But I like variation. Sure, their are things that could be better but they do the absolute best with what they have. Frankly, I am out and about most of the time enjoying Santa Monica and LA so I don't need much. I would rather have the extra 50-100 bucks that I save each night by staying here to spend out there anyway. For the business traveller, this may not be the place due to lack of a desk and other ammenities. But for the tourist, especially one on a budget, this is THE PLACE.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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resthavenmotel, General Manager at Rest Haven Motel, responded to this review, January 7, 2012
Wow, thank you so much for your very detail oriented comments and/or a very precise description of our place. The management would like to thank you for taking a lot of your precious time to describe even the smallest details in our motel. We don`t even have to advertise every detail regarding our rooms and amenities, you have done it already for us. Hope our future guests get these informative review seriously so we can look forward for more room reservations. Most of the issues that you mentioned are correct and we are trying even more to correct the deficiencies. As you said this motel is a LandMark and old and the rooms are not that big that is why we did not have desk in any rooms. But we do have desk and laptop desk upon request. Hope to see you again. Happy New Year!
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Moskow, Russia
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2011

We were satisfated our staing in this motel. Espeshely thanks to manager, who was plesant with as. Nice place, good rooms.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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resthavenmotel, General Manager at Rest Haven Motel, responded to this review, December 15, 2011
It is so nice to hear someone from Russia. Thank you for staying with us. Our appreciation for your nice review, thanks very much. Your next visit with the family will be a great pleasure.
Have a Wonderful Holiday!
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2011

The service is excellent. The location is great because i'ts near all the accomodities. You just have to walk about 15 minutes and you are at the santa monica beach and pier. Is it sure that if we return at Santa Monica, we choose the Rest Haven Motel. For the price, it's the best report price/quality. Is it the best choice motel/hotel to stay at Santa Monica.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 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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resthavenmotel, General Manager at Rest Haven Motel, responded to this review, December 12, 2011
Thank you for those wonderful words. Your comments are very much appreciated and looking forward to greet you again the next time you visit Santa Monica. Happy Holiday!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2011

We stayed here for 3 nights after driving Route 66. Santa Monica is expensive for hotels and many offer poor value for money. Rest Haven is idealy positioned off Lincoln walkable to SM and Venice. At first it seemed like any other low rent motel but the attention to detail is good and the manager was really friendly and helpful. Rooms were clean and comfy slightly tired but restful. Our rooms faced the Jack in the Box drive thru but no disturbance at all. Rooms do not have A/C but never got too hot even in July. Verdict: Stay there unless you want to blow loads of dough and be disappointed elsewhere

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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resthavenmotel, General Manager at Rest Haven Motel, responded to this review, December 2, 2011
Thank you very much for your very informative review. We`re sure it would be a good hint for other US travelling tourists. Hope to see you passing by and checking in on your next US road trip. Have a pleasant day!!!
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London
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2011

Spik and span. Warm & friendly. Well situated within walking distance of Pier, beach and 3rd Street. On the bus route direct from LAX. Very reasonable. Highly recommended. Towel sculpture was an added entertainment!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
    • 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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resthavenmotel, General Manager at Rest Haven Motel, responded to this review, December 2, 2011
Thanks for recommending our place to future guests. Your coming back will be highly appreciated. Good day!!!
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Seattle
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2011

After reading reviews we stayed at the Resthaven at the begining of October for four days. Janet was great, we had coresponded by email before our stay, she was very friendly and helpful. Our room was in the back courtyard area so it was nice an quiet. If you are looking for a good value and a clean place to stay this is the place. We will definitely be back next time we are in Santa Monica! -Teresa S.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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resthavenmotel, General Manager at Rest Haven Motel, responded to this review, December 2, 2011
Our appreciation for recognizing our service, thank you very much. Looking forward to welcome you back the next time you are in Santa Monica. Have a nice day!!!
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Additional Information about Rest Haven Motel

Address: 815 Grant Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Location: United States > California > Santa Monica > Santa Monica
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Santa Monica
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Monica
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 14
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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