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Channel Road Inn - A Four Sisters Inn
4.0 of 5 Inn   |   219 W. Channel Road, Santa Monica, CA 90402   |  
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London, United Kingdom
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“Delightful Stay!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our two night stay at the Channel Road Inn. We arrived mid-afternoon following a long drive from the Grand Canyon and received one of the friendliest welcomes we have ever received when checking into a hotel. The property itself is absolutely stunning and the large communal breakfast room and living room are wonderful. The staff at the inn go out of their way to make sure you have everything you need and are happy to discuss dining and activity options in the area. We were shown around so that we knew where to find everything we could possibly need- tea, coffee, soda, maps, area guides, pc & printer etc. They have an extensive DVD and book collection, bikes and beach towels, all of which can be borrowed by guests at no extra cost.

We stayed in room 13, a "cozy queen", with it's own entrance at the side of the property. The room was charming and very comfortable. The freshly baked cookies in the room when you check in are a really nice touch. The in room amenities were also great - a proper hair dryer (not one attached to the bathroom wall), robes, iron & ironing board, lovely toiletries, a tv, and even a small fireplace which I imagine would be lovely and cozy during the colder months.

Every evening complementary wine and nibbles are served in the dining room. Breakfast included a selection of freshly home made dishes and baked goods, cereals, fruits, toast, juice etc.

The inn is located just a couple of blocks from the beach and about 2 miles from Santa Monica pier. We enjoyed the walk along the beach to get to the downtown area and enjoyed staying in a quieter part of town. A taxi to the Third Street Promenade area cost around $10, including tip, and took less than 10 minutes so it was very easy to get to/from downtown restaurants, and the staff were happy to arrange taxi's for us.

The inn felt more like a home than an inn. If you are looking for ultra modern then this is probably not the place for you, however if you are looking for a lovely quaint inn with a homely feel and wonderful service then you will love the Channel Road Inn. If we are ever in Santa Monica again we wouldn't hesitate to book the Channel Road Inn and would definitely recommend to others.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

We were received and checked in at the hotel as if we were long lost friends, and were made to fell so special it was unbelievable. We were unexpectedly upgraded to a room with a private decked area which we used constantly. The room was very comfortable, the home made biscuits were very welcome and access to a DVD player and range of DVDs was an added bonus. The main building felt more like a home than a hotel and all the staff were approachable and extremely willing to provide local advice and book trips, taxis etc as required. The complimentary afternoon wine and cheese provided was superb, as was the breakfast which contained many home made dishes constantly refreshed which were constantly refreshed.
The local and recommended restaurants were of a good quality and provided good food and service. Beach is in close proximity.
The concept and décor of this hotel is unique in our experience and works so well that we didn't want to leave. Would recommend this hotel to anybody visiting Santa Monica and would like to thank the staff for their efforts.

  • Stayed June 2013, 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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Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

This was my first visit to Santa Monica, but if I return, I will absolutely stay at the Channel Road Inn.

The Inn is a large, beautiful home and each guest room is different. The entrance to my room was outside, at the front, and I had my own small deck and sitting area. My room (#15) also had a fire place. My friend had a room upstairs inside the house with her own personal deck as well. Each room comes with fresh, homemade cookies (so yummy!) and we were offered a glass of wine on our arrival.

The living and dining areas of the house are very inviting and guests have access to the kitchen facilities.

Breakfast was amazing, with everything from fresh fruits, breads, omelettes, and more.

The location is perfect. The inn is walking distance to several restaurants. My friend and I actually had a hard time choosing where to eat. The girl who checked us in gave us the low-down on where the local celebrities like to eat.

Guests at Channel Road Inn can borrow beach cruiser bikes as well. We did this and biked along the beach (there is a nice trail) to the Santa Monica Pier. The bike ride took about 20-30 minutes. I highly recommend spending time biking, walking, or running along the beach as it's beautiful.

I wish I could have stayed at this inn for more than one night - it's highly recommended!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

This was our last stop of a CA coast trip, had to fly home the next morning. Booked one night, we had stayed at a Four Sisters property in Seattle years ago and it was great. We were in Room 2, corner, lots of light and windows. The on site parking here is nice. About a two minute walk to the beach. Very clean room, comfortable. Wine and snacks at happy hour are a nice touch. The common areas are great. Breakfast buffet in the morning was perfect. Staff was very helpful with directions to the airport and also things to see on the way there. This is a great location to be able to avoid the 405 freeway and traffic delays. It is a little difficult to figure out how to get to the inn but easier on the second try from Pacific Coast Highway. We will remember the Four Sisters Group when we make a trip to Napa as it looks like they have some nice properties there as well.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

We first stayed at the inn around 6 years ago and returned for 3 nights in May. Since our last visit, the inn has been updated and redecorated. By chance we had the same room as last time (Room 11), which was nicely decorated, comfortable, quiet, clean and with a glimpse of the sea. However, the bed was a bit on the firm side for me this time and the room was very warm with no individual room control. Wifi is now provided, but the signal was a bit sporadic. The girls who look after the inn were all very friendly and accommodating, providing good information and making sure we were well looked after. Breakfast each morning was delicious, as was the afternoon wine and cheese buffet and there is always cake available for a tasty snack, as well as tea, coffee and soft drinks. The inn is in a nice area, close to the beach, just a short drive to the centre of Santa Monica and within easy reach of LA. Although staying at the inn is quite expensive, it is a very nice experience, although it didn’t represent the same value for money as other B&B’s we stayed in during our trip which offered the same level of service and amenities. If we return to LA, we would consider staying here again and would recommend with a couple of provisos.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

After reading several reviews, I booked a weekend stay at the Channel Road Inn with my boyfriend. We had an absolutely wonderful time! We arrived early, and were able to check in a few hours in advance. The staff were incredibly welcoming, our room was clean and comfortable, and the Inn was absolutely charming. The home made breakfast was delicious and different everyday.The Inn was about a few minutes walking distance from the beach, if you're looking to visit Venice Beach or the Santa Monica Pier, I recommend borrowing their bikes. Overall, no complaints, great location, free parking, wonderful experience, highly recommend!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Pedro de Alcantara, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

This has to be one of the most fabulous places to stay, not only in America but anywhere. What a find. Our choice was made on the fact that we were looking for somewhere fairly long term, we had a hire car but wanted to be in the vicinity, the internet brought up this B&B. Wow, for once a stroke of luck in my life.
The room was excellent, large and warm and friendly with a cosy fire that came on with a flick of a switch on those days that the Santa Monica Bloom crept in. For the days with no wind and celestial skies there was the lovely balcony to sit out on, with views across to the Ocean and Fiji beyond. The bed was comfy as were the pillows and everything was kept spotlessly clean. A sofa bed proved ideal and a desk to either write or pile on all the "stuff" that one collects. It felt quite like home. The bathroom was large and with two wash basins ideal for people who plan to go places together. Toiletries were from Bee-Kind and I wish I could find where they are on sale.
The promised Breakfast was excellent. One awoke in the morning to the smell of coffee being brewed below and baking. Every day another yummy fresh cake appeared on the Dresser together with an egg soufflé in many guises. Fresh Greek yoghurt and a selection of fruit, berries and cereal were there for the taking too.
At 4pm it is tea-time and slices of cake and cookies are laid out for those who need a little refreshment and then from 5pm until 7pm wine and "tapas" are served. If you are socially minded, a great way to make and meet new friends, if you haven't already spoken at Breakfast.
Bicycles are also available if you are brave enough to face the traffic and there are parking bays for vehicles available outside of the Inn off road.
In the pleasant and cosy communal lounge there is a computer for general use and the staff are happy to print off any information. An iron and ironing board are available in the room and there is apparently a good Coin-O-Mat for washing nearby. There are many good restaurants in the neighbourhood and some in walking distance. The beach too is 5 minutes away and if you want to pop in to the shops in either Santa Monica or Montana Avenue, well it is a few minutes bus ride away. So tell me, what could possibly be missing from your life ?
I will not tell you which Room we had in case you want to book it and that leaves us out ... suffice to say that all the rooms are very special and it is no wonder that business is usually repeat business. A great find and a wonderful stay. If you plan to visit Santa Monica I would highly recommend you book here, if you can still get in .........

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  • Stayed May 2013, 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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Address: 219 W. Channel Road, Santa Monica, CA 90402
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Location: United States > California > Santa Monica
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Monica
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Channel Road Inn - A Four Sisters Inn 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Channel Road Inn was recently ranked as top bed and breakfast in Los Angeles by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine as well as Travel and Leisure Magazine and is located in the seaside community of Santa Monica. With many rooms boasting fireplaces, jetted spa tubs and peeks of the ocean, this charming and finely crafted historic inn offers visitors to the Los Angeles area a relaxing haven by the sea. Guests enjoy the fabulous complimentary amenities including a bountiful breakfast and afternoon wine and hors d'oeuvres.This Four Sisters Inn blends the modern luxuries and sophisticated services of a boutique hotel with the traditional amenities and architecture of a B & B. ... more   less 
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