This was the cheapest hotel I could find in Santa Monica at short notice, in a convenient location. I had their last room. My cab fare from LAX was $57 and it took about 30 minutes. For self drive it is very easy to find from Interstate 10. Head south for one block on Ocean Avenue and where the road forks, go right and the hotel is on the left virtually unmarked. You'll just see a sign saying Reception. Drive past and then pull a U turn to get into the area in front of the hotel.
You are literally across a quiet street from the path down to the beach - and it is a fantastic beach. You are also only a couple of hundred yards from the Santa Monica pier and 15 minutes walk from Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place shopping area.
It is like a motel in that the room doors open to the outside. Nice when it is sunny. My room was compact, but it was clean and everything worked. There was a flat screen TV, microwave, coffee maker, iron and ironing board, ceiling fan and aircon. There was also a desk to work at.
The three reception staff I dealt with were friendly and helpful. There is loads of information to help tourists and I was given a very helpful map.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- One of our new model rooms, Bayside will be renovating on a room by room basis until June 2009. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bayside Santa Monica
- Bayside Hotel Santa Monica