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“Clean and cheap in Santa Monica!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Rest Haven Motel

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Rest Haven Motel
815 Grant Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405   |  
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Ranked #23 of 34 hotels in Santa Monica
Bethesda, Maryland
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82 reviews 82 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Clean and cheap in Santa Monica!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

If you are looking for budget and don't mind walking, this is the hotel for you. The neighborhood is a little dicey (the Jack-in-the-box drive thru was 75 feet from my door). About a mile walk to the 3rd Street Promenade and the Santa Monica pier. The place was clean and comfortable. The owner couldn't have been nicer. If you want to spend $400-500 a night 5 blocks away at Shutters, go ahead. For less than $100 you get Rest Haven.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 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, April 15, 2013
I might want to suggest "inexpensive and affordable" if we are to be described instead of "cheap". This is truly a budget place for the purpose of offering rooms within means of travelling people. Our guests feel comfortable, hence, compensated-we have nothing more to ask for. We will remember your review and make it our stepping stone to the betterment of our service and to provide comfort. Have an awesome day.
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Honolulu, HI
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Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

a pleasant family style motel in a quiet residential neighborhood of Santa Monica. A very nice manager helped me with all my questions. No phone in the room but did have a refrigerator. A Von's and an Albertson's is just a few blocks away for groceries. The Santa Monica Pier is about a 10 minute drive away. Parking is $6 at the pier. Free parking at the motel. We stayed in room #11 which has a twin and a full size bed. Small bathroom but for what we paid, it was just right.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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resthavenmotel, General Manager at Rest Haven Motel, responded to this review, February 7, 2013
That was a very pleasant review and it's uplifting. It is nice to find out that you have fully appreciated our place even if it is not an upscale type of hotel. It is unfortunate that we did not have phones in the room because we are thinking most, if not all, have their cellular phones on hand. We are just grateful that we are in a location which has accessibility to different important places as markets and shops for your convenience. Thank you for staying with us.
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013 via mobile

While clean and convenient it's basically a dive in a very iffy neighborhood. Beds are old and uncomfortable. Hard to find anyone in the office. Very poor water pressure. Room smelled like tobacco smoke.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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resthavenmotel, General Manager at Rest Haven Motel, responded to this review, February 6, 2013
The cleanliness and convenience you found in our place is something worthwhile and we thank you for noticing it. Regarding the neighborhood is something beyond our control which we also find somewhat detestable so I would say there's nothing we could do about it. Apologetically, the manager is a jack of all trades so it is impossible to find her planted in the office. The establishment is a smoke free one, unfortunately, we have no control of the customers in their respective rooms, such that, we have no knowledge of their activities, that is, smoking and drinking and others. Regarding the water pressure, we will try to find a way to fix it for your comfort next time. Have a great day.
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San Francisco, California
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

Chose Rest Haven based on TripAdvisor reviews. Chose courtyard room cited in several trip advisor reviews. Found the room to be quiet as was mentioned in other trip advisor reviews. I stayed 1st week of 2013. Room was clean. Manager had issue with slow running shower drain fixed promptly. Lincoln blvd does have its share of down on luck types but didn't feel unsafe. When I decided to extend my stay, manager didn't inconvenience me by having me change rooms. Would stay there again.

Room Tip: Get courtyard room if you are noise sensitive
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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resthavenmotel, General Manager at Rest Haven Motel, responded to this review, February 6, 2013
This is one beautiful advantage of following other people's opinion based on their experiences. At least, you were rewarded by your being a smart listener. Thanks - you are always most welcome anytime. Good day!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

We stayed here two nights during Thanksgiving holiday. Was the cheapest and cleanest looking place we could find. Rooms are big enough, furnitures and bath a little old but very clean, so no problems there. Not far away from 3rd street promenade and pier. 15-20 min walk. We drove from San Diego, free parking - very important. Free Wi Fi, though if your room is far away from the reception area, you get poor reception. Jack in the Box right in front of the motel, there is a 7-Eleven close by. Overall, good value for money considering the other hotel's prices in Santa Monica! Will stay here again.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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, February 6, 2013
Our hard work gets rewarded by people like you who value our good intentions to make you guys get your money's worth. Your appreciation through your nice thoughts about us is a true gift we treasure. You are always welcome to our place anytime. Have an awesome day.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

Nothing to drool over. Decent location, value for money. Clean. The room service was lacking a bit. We had requested an early check in, and the rooms were empty but not cleaned! We waited 1 hour after a long flight. We could see the cleaning lady doing the other rooms! Why on earth didn't she just clean our room first and then do the other ones. There was no one coming in those rooms anytime soon anyway. Other than that, an uneventful, smooth stay. Plus: Free Parking!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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resthavenmotel, General Manager at Rest Haven Motel, responded to this review, February 6, 2013
I can only apologize if we had made you wait like we were not truly efficient. We can learn from that but we still know you felt good with us during your stay and found the good things in the place. We felt vindicated somehow. Thank you for sharing the good and not-so-good. We respect your thoughts about us. Happy day.
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Istanbul, Turkey
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

Before I chose Rest Haven, I checked reviews for almost all the hotels in LA under a certain budget and this was the one with best reviews. When I stayed there, I saw why. First of all: Staff. The lady taking care of the motel is incredibly friendly and helped me a lot. If you have any questions, she is the one to talk to. She also does awesome animal statues with towels and change them every day. The room was clean and spacious enough for me. I didn't expect a luxury place since this was a 2 star motel but I didn't have any problems with anything. It was also close enough to the Santa Monica beach and I could walk there in 10 minutes. Neighborhood was also safe (or looked like that to me). Overall, I suggest this place to anyone who is looking for a warm, clean place around Santa Monica.

Room Tip: I stayed at Room 9 and didn't have any noise from outside. Just know that A/C works a bit noisy...
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  • Stayed November 2012, 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, February 6, 2013
I appreciate your generous compliments, the kind words. You made us feel we are up to our job and business and this is very important to us, inspirational yet challenging. We made you satisfied and that was our primary goal for our guest like you. Great day!
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Also Known As:
Rest Haven Hotel
Rest Haven Hotel Santa Monica
Address: 815 Grant Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Location: United States > California > Santa Monica
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Santa Monica
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Monica
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built in 1938...... "A marvelous experience"...nothing else can give you the exciting opportunity to visit Santa Monica and its attractions, the sun, the sand, the sea, and especially a night or nights' stay at our warm and cozy Rest Haven Motel.An economy motel located just seven blocks from the beach and a short 15 minutes walk to Third Street Promenade, in downtown Santa Monica, and only 10 minutes walk to Santa Monica Pier, Venice Beach; enables our guests to walk to shops and restaurants. ... more   less 
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