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3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1920 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90404-1909   |  
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Ranked #19 of 34 Hotels in Santa Monica
Washington, DC
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Nicer than it looks”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Ignore the dimly lit, narrow halls. The rooms here are large and very comfortable, with great beds, comfortable chairs, lots of cable channels. Best of all, the windows open wide -- in this climate, it was wonderful. Our room was very quiet both on weekdays and weekends. An IHOP restaurant is attached, open 24 hours/day. Easy free parking. Great price..

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Rooms
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  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012 via mobile

Great place to stay for a good price. 30min walk to Santa Monica beach, which was enjoyable. Cleaning service is up early... Real early for someone wanting a sleep in (9:00). Free wifi made contact with the group easy, as well as family back home. The restaurant next door is fantastic! We went there everyday for brekky, lunch and dinner. Also good price with delicious food.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

If you are booking this hotel, then you are obviously not looking for the most luxury hotel. I was after a comfortable hotel, free parking, clean rooms and good reach to Santa Monica Pier. This hotel ticked all the boxes. It was a 15-20 walk to the pier or a 5 minute bus ride and the cost was very reasonable compared to other Santa Monica hotels.

The iHop was convenient and located next to the hotel. Overall, a decent stay.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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24 hotel reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

The front desk was the kick off...very friendly! Honestly I wasnt expecting much...been a while since I have stayed at a Best Western but the location was good for my meeting. My room is great! Its large, clean, has a fridge, wolfgang puck coffee....lots of plugs for the electronics. Very comfortable king bed and a spacious very clean bathroom. In fact I cant remember the last time I had nice plush towels and they have plenty of them. I would come back to this hotel. The location is excellent for Santa Monica and they have great parking...its an easy hotel to get to ...park and get to your room.

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  • Stayed October 2012, 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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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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10 hotel reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

This hotel is basic but clean, tidy and the bed very comfortable. The room we had was on the ground floor and rather small with a view of a brick wall with the window half covered by the escape stairs. The staff were friendly and breakfast was excellent in ihop next to the hotel. The main draw back of this hotel is its location. It's a good 2 mile walk down into downtown Santa Monica, we drove down and parked on a car park on 2nd street. Good hotel for resting your head, not for spending time in.

Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

Very well run hotel, with good sized, very comfortable and clean rooms. Free parking under the building, but no free breakfast - there's an Ihop restaurant attached. Hotel staff are very friendly and polite.

Access to the main Santa Monica area is easy, but it's either a matter of a 25 minute walk, a bus ride (stop nearby) or driving and paying to park. So, although the hotel is in a quiet area outside the main Santa Monica centre it's not in the most convenient location. But, as the city gets even more expensive the hotel offers good value for money compared to others in the centre - and being on Santa Monica Bvd offers easy access to other parts of greater LA if you're visiting sites in the wider area.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

A very nice hotel. Clean and tidy.

good access to santa monica beach etc. One bus ride for one dollar and you are close to the beach, food outlets and a shopping centre plus much more.

Hotel staff are very helpful and we recieved a welcome pack upon arrival.

The hotel has an i-hop food outlet on the ground floor that is open early until late and the hotel has its own free underground parking.

Nice modern rooms and clean facilities. A small sun terrace on the 4th floor for all customers.

Very happy.

20 minutes from LAX.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1920 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90404-1909
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Location: United States > California > Santa Monica
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#14 Business Hotel in Santa Monica
#16 Family Hotel in Santa Monica
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — BEST WESTERN PLUS Gateway Hotel Santa Monica 3*
Number of rooms: 122
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Also Known As:
Best Western Santa Monica
Santa Monica Best Western

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