Our son who lives in LA had recommended staying in Santa Monica on our recent visit. After spending several hours digesting all the reviews on Trip Advisor we chose to stay at the Ocean VIew Hotel for four nights. Before I start my review, let me say I would happily and enthusiastically stay at the Ocean View hotel again. I cannot believe there is a better hotel location wise in the area and the location made up for the other issues we had. Our hotel room was adequate. Clean, big enough, with the basic amenities. The beds were comfortable and we had no issues with sleeping as far as noise etc. The rooms were nothing special or exciting but for us, perfectly fine. There is no refrigerator in the room which would be nice but they did have an ice maker and safe which we used daily. Our garden view room overlooked the parking lot. Many of the rooms had a balcony that overlooked the parking lot - not the ocean. These rooms cost more so if you are getting a balcony room make sure it is towards the ocean, otherwise it is not worth the money. Another issue was you could see into other people's rooms across the small parking lot. It caught many of us off guard as you would be looking out the window and make eye contact with other guests. More than once did someone come out to the balconies unaware others could see them. Very quickly you learn to close your curtains if you are changing, etc. The other issue is parking. It is very tight here but I am sure it's tight everywhere in Santa Monica. We felt it was worth the parking fee to park on site. We walked to many of the local attractions from the hotel, leaving our car parked. The parking has an attendant for safety. An elevator takes you from the below level parking into the hotel. You must use your key card to get on the upper floors of the hotel which we appreciated. The very best part of this hotel is the location. The ocean and park are just across the street. Be sure to allow adequate time to enjoy Santa Monica Pier. We enjoyed it early morning, afternoon and evenings during our stay. We walked from the hotel to Venice Beach one day and it was a very comfortable walk (about 45 minutes one way) along the ocean. The Third Street Promenade (don't miss the street performers here), great shopping and restaurants are only blocks away. So much to do and so little time! We will definitely be back to Santa Monica and will stay at the Ocean View Hotel.
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- Also Known As:
- Ocean View Santa Monica
- Ocean View Hotel Santa Monica
- Hotel Ocean View
- Best Western Ocean View Hotel