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“Great hotel for business” 4 of 5 stars
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Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1700 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401   |  
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“Great hotel for business”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

This hotel's location is great. Yes, it's on the ocean, but it is also so walk-able to the Promenade, restaurants, and shopping.
I attended a conference with over 300 people. We needed a variety of different size meeting rooms from a total group ballroom to break out rooms that would hold a dozen people. The Loews has excellent meeting facilities. And their AV technical team is smart, very responsive, and customer service oriented. They work hard to make your meeting a success and seem to be unflappable. You can be confident they will find a way to make your meeting come off without a problem.
The hotel rooms are also well appointed, comfortable, and newly remodeled. The bathrooms have two sinks and a separate toilet/tub/shower divided by a sliding door. The amenities are of good quality, and frequently replaced. The towels are plentiful and my room was serviced shortly after I left it for my meetings. They have Keurig coffee machines in the room so if you use one at home pack your favorite K-cups and enjoy it in your room.
I am not a big breakfast eater, and Loews converts their bar into a quick grab n go breakfast stop serving your favorite Starbuck's beverage, bagels, toast, fresh fruit,juice, yogurt, and a few other pastries. If you like the full breakfast, their restaurant does a great job. In the evening the bar (mentioned above) is a great place to enjoy a glass with colleagues. The temperature was not higher than 62 while we were there, so we could not try the outside bar by the pool overlooking the Pacific Ocean, but we would have if it had been warmer.
Everyone we met on the property was happy, pleasant, and service oriented. I highly recommend the Loews for business meetings and conferences, they know how to help put a meeting together.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

I recently returned from a 5 night stay at the Loews. I was there for a combination business/leisure trip. From the exterior, the hotel is very unassuming, and undergoin a bit of a facelift. Inside, the hotel is absolutely beautiful. The lobby greets you with interior palm trees, taking you to a bar with both inside and outside tables. A walk onto the hotel patio reveals the Santa Monica Pier (especially beautiful at night).

I stayed in a superior room on the 8th floor. The room itself was spacious and clean, though the street view was somewhat lacking. All of the staff from the front desk to housekeeping were friendly and helpful.

While at the hotel, I decided to treat myself to a massage. The prices are not terrible compared to other spas, and the treatment was heavenly!

The hotel is in a convenient location for staying local or getting around LA/Hollywood. Be forewarned, if you do rent a car, the Loews will get you for $36 per day in parking. I definitely would return!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Popped in at Loews post our skiing holiday to recoup before returning to Australia. The hotel was undergoing renovations so was initially a little concerned about noise etc. However, after discussing my allocated room (it was not as per my request) with the front desk, they very graciously upgraded us to a room overlooking the pool (big tick). The pool is fantastic and a neat little feature is a spa at the hotel end. It is a very civilised existence sitting on a day bed, sipping a cocktail, kids in the pool while you and your spouse watch the amazing sunset.
Location of the hotel is great as it is a 10 minute walk from the 3rd street shopping and even closer to the pier.
We had hired a car and although it cost $33 a night for parking it was still a cheaper option than taking cabs everywhere. The hotel is from memory about 40 miles from Disneyland although it does not seem that far. It is also very close to Rodeo Drive, Beverley Hills and Hollywood.
We have previously stayed at the Viceroy and Shore hotels but this so far has been our favourite.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LoewsSantaMonica, General Manager at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, responded to this review, February 12, 2013
Greetings to Sydney! Thank you for your lovely note and for sharing your kind words regarding your experience at our hotel. Your positive feedback is greatly appreciated! We are pleased to have provided you with a relaxing and memorable beach front experience. The next time your travels bring you to the Santa Monica area, please know that the pool and spa at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel await your return. We look forward to delighting you!

Paul Leclerc – Managing Director
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Red Bank, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

I've stayed at this hotel several times over the years-- most recentlly last week...and always come away thinking I should have picked another place. I don't think thet have changed the lobby or the room decor in ten years --although there was an extensive facade program going on while i was there last. And the price in the $400 range is just not good value (i would pick the Viceroy, Shutters or Casa Del Mar ...or the nearby Beach House in Hermosa any day over this hotel

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 2 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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los angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

On jan 22, 2013I went to the pool here with my two year old twin boys and had a great time. The Jacuzzi water is very warm and the pool water seems like it is kept at 88-90 degrees. Great for little kids. The pool side menu is extensive with a kids section that had some tasty chicken fingers with dipping sauce. Service was prompt and the food came quickly.

This property is just a notch below shutters or casa del mar and at this price point it is a home run. Note that they are doing extensive renovations to the exterior until the end of feb 2013. It is loud at the pool area right now -- but it helped my situation since my kids screams were drowned out by the construction and tile cutting.

  • Stayed January 2013, 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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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Although this hotel is under construction it still has a lot to offer. The staff are very accommodating and always willing to please. Their signature restaurant is worthy of noting as too are the meals available at the bar area, we found this were of a very high standard.

The rooms are nice and clean and we were lucky enough to have one that overlooked the pool and beach and we were able to catch the reflection of the bright lights of the pier which were mesmerising!

Yes it's a little pricey but hey, you get what you pay for! no regrets!

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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london
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

We had something of a problem here. However, management went out of their way to put things right. So from us they get five even though we didn't have a successful night.
Any hotel can be good when things are going right. It's how they respond when things are going wrong that matters.
Oh. And all the staff here were fantastic.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel

Address: 1700 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401
Location: United States > California > Santa Monica
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Santa Monica
#6 Green Hotel in Santa Monica
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Monica
#11 Luxury Hotel in Santa Monica
#14 Romantic Hotel in Santa Monica
#15 Business Hotel in Santa Monica
#15 Family Hotel in Santa Monica
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 342
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated on the Pacific Ocean with the thriving Santa Monica city on one side and the sands of legendary Muscle Beach on the other, the Four-Diamond Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel is a beachfront retreat offering dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean and beyond. Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel has become the first luxury hotel in Santa Monica to receive the Santa Monica Green Business Certification. Offered through a partnership between The City of Santa Monica, Santa Monica Convention and Visitors Bureau, Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce and Sustainable Works, the certification program honors businesses that have taken measurable steps to incorporate sustainable practices into their operations.Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Ocean & Vine offers the option to dine fireside or outdoors on a spacious patio while enjoying breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and world-famous Santa Monica Pier. Chef Keith Roberts’ California contemporary cuisine showcases creative interpretations of the familiar favorites. Located in Ocean & Vine, the chic new Sushi at Sunset sushi bar features a variety of inventive rolls as well as traditional sushi, nigiri and sake pairings. Recently named one of the “Best Hotel Spas” by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler for the second year in a row, Ocean Spa & Fitness offers an array of supremely-relaxing services. From Heated Lava Shell Massages to Age defying Facials, the eco-friendly Ocean Spa will keep you feeling relaxed…naturally. An expansive fitness center features state-of-the-art cardio equipment with iPod docking stations and personal televisions. Guests may also take advantage of the full service salon. World-class biking, surfing, dining and shopping are right outside the hotel’s door. Offering convenient access to everything Santa Monica has to offer, the hotel is just blocks away from the Santa Monica Pier, Third Street Promenade and the new Santa Monica Place mall. Muscle Beach's 26-mile paved strand offers the ideal setting to bike or blade. Santa Monica also boasts rich cultural history with an abundance of museums and theaters. Working with one of the hotel’s Les Clefs d’Or certified Concierges puts all this and more at each guest’s fingertips. ... more   less 
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