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“Amazing location, attentive staff” 4 of 5 stars
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Huntley Santa Monica Beach
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1111 Second Street, Santa Monica, CA 90403 (Formerly The Huntley Hotel)   |  
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Ranked #7 of 34 hotels in Santa Monica
Budapest, Hungary
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“Amazing location, attentive staff”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

During my stay at the Huntley, the staff were incredibly polite and attentive. If you don't eat at the Penthouse restaurant, at least take the glass elevator at the front of the hotel and go up to take a look at the view.

The Huntley is in a fantastic location for shopping and access to Venice Beach. Santa Monica pier is a relatively short walk away and you can find a pedestrianised street full of shops, cafés and restaurants on 3rd street. If you want to go further, the concierge will summon a cab from "Taxi! Taxi!" and you'll soon be on your way.

The room felt a little small, but I suspect I'm getting spoiled by random upgrades at other hotels, so that may not be a valid observation. It was perfectly fine for one person, but I imagined it would be a little cosy if I had my husband in tow.

Note that this is a pretty high-end area. If you're looking some something very casual and relaxed, this may not be your thing. If you like the kind of place where the "beautiful people" hang out, this is likely the spot for you.

More than anything, it seems to be full of business people (which is also why I stayed) and I will happily come back here on my next trip.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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Huntley Hotel S, Manager at Huntley Santa Monica Beach, responded to this review, March 29, 2013
Dear Emer T,

Thank you so much for your comments. It was a priviledge to serve you at the Huntley Santa Monica Beach. We are so pleased to hear you had a positive experience while staying with us and look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

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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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

We stayed here for a few nights at the end of our honeymoon back in January this year. We had been travelling for over 3 weeks and this was a fantastic way to end. The service was fantastic, the hotel was beautiful and location was excellent. The sunset from the rooftop restaurant/bar was amazing - worth going to see just that! Will definitely be back.

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  • Stayed January 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Huntley Hotel S, Manager at Huntley Santa Monica Beach, responded to this review, March 29, 2013
Dear Stu D,

It was a great pleasure to serve you at the Huntley Santa Monica Beach. We are so delighted to hear you had such an enjoyable stay and look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Congratulations again on your marriage!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

We stayed at The Huntley for one night to celebrate our anniversary. We were very impressed with the location and the hotel's proximity to restaurants, shopping, and the beach. Our room was large and we had a partial ocean view. The decor in the room was simple and unimpressive, but the room was clean and very quiet at night. We had dinner outside of the hotel because the restaurant was booked. Call ahead if you want a reservation on a Saturday night. We returned to hotel after dinner and went to the bar for an after dinner drink. The bar was hopping! We stayed for a few hours enjoying the music, people, and delicious drinks. We highly recommend the coconut espresso martini...YUM!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Huntley Hotel S, Manager at Huntley Santa Monica Beach, responded to this review, March 28, 2013
Dear Renee M,

It was a pleasure to serve you at the Huntley Santa Monica Beach. We are so pleased to hear you had an enjoyable stay and thank you for choosing to share such a special occasion with us. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at the Huntley because it was designated as one of the Host Hotels for the 2013 ASICS LA Marathon.
What a wonderful experience. Our room was a corner unit with a great view of Santa Monica Beach & the Pacific.
Well appointed room with a large King sized bed - Modern tasteful decoration - Ample lighting - Up to date bathroom with a large walk-in shower. Room was very nice! We were less than 2 blocks from the Marathon finish line which was a big plus for us.
Concierge was very familiar with the local lay out - turned us on the 3rd Street Promenade: ample shopping and restaurants.
Great, friendly personable staff; but one stands out in particular: David! He was our first impression of the hotel at checkin.
5-star service throughout our stay. After Sunday's Marathon, we cleaned up and went to eat, only to come back to find a complimentary gourmet cheese and cracker platter with (2) bottles of Evian and a hand written note congratulating us on our race! VERY NICE!
No problem rating this 5 *****

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Huntley Hotel S, Manager at Huntley Santa Monica Beach, responded to this review, March 28, 2013
Dear TPAPROMASSAGE,

On behalf of the entire Management and Staff, it was a priviledge to serve you at the Huntley Santa Monica Beach. We are so delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay and have passed your compliments to David. Congratualtions on finishing the LA Marathon and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

We stayed for 3 nights - the bedroom was good size with walk-in wardrobe and safe although the bathroom was a little small - the toilet rather close to the shower cubicle. One really good thing was that although the room had air conditioning you could turn this off and open the window.

Hotel in a good location as only a short walk to main shopping streets and beach.

The room we stayed in was opposite the lifts and we could clearly hear the doors opening and closing and the lift bell ringing - rather disturbing at night.

Reception staff did not seem particularly knowledeable about the hotel's facilities nor did they display any sympathy or concern when we commented on checking out on the Sunday about the noise we suffered in our room on the Saturday night due to a party in the restaurant two floors above. Breakfast menu limited and expensive and staff service poor.

A charge payable for Internet access in the room of $9.95 a day which seems unnecessary and unacceptable in a hotel of this standard.

Room Tip: Not room 1608 or any other room close to the lifts.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Huntley Hotel S, Manager at Huntley Santa Monica Beach, responded to this review, March 15, 2013
Dear Libraryfolk,

Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear that we did not meet your expectations during your stay at the Huntley Santa Monica Beach. We are sharing your comments with the Front Office Manager as we take our guest feedback very seriously. We hope you will consider us again the next time you visit Santa Monica.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

This was definitely the best hotel that we stayed at on our recent trip to Los Angeles. As i work in real estate in Australia i'm always on the look out for superior customer service and people that stand out from the crowd. The staff at the Huntley hotel were amazing and I haven't seen anything like this for a number of years!

As we walked into the hotel (looking very basic in our sweat pants) David greeted us with a warm smile. As we were checking in he suggested that we had the option to upgrade our suite because I mentioned that we wanted a larger room (I also wanted to escape my husband's snoring. We ended up booking the Malibu suite which was perfect, clean and spacious. David was extremely professional and I actually thought that he owned part of the hotel as he seemed to be very deddicated to his role.

Zane from room service was amazing as i ordered endless pots of hot water because I enjoyed driking tea each night. He was always very courteous and extremely polite. He definitely stood out as a person who wanted to please you and ensure that you were comfortable. The only thing that i would suggest for this hotel is that the room service menu include more food and better quality in comparison to their competitors.

Each day when we walked back to our room we found that our room was cleaned impecciblly thankyou to Nemesia. She definitely went above and beyond and all the small things she did didn't go unnoticed for e,g arranging all my makeup perfectly in the bathroom, music upon entering etc. Her attention to detail was fantastic.

The foyer of this hotel is very beautiful and unique. When I open my own business I will definitely poach David, Zane and Nemesia to work for me....Be aware Huntley!!! :).

I cannot fault this hotel .......and this is coming from a person who is a perfectionist 24/7. A big thankyou to The Huntley...this was a great way to end our trip.

Kind Regards, Taylor Law from Room 1414

Room Tip: Malibu Suite are devine
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Huntley Hotel S, Manager at Huntley Santa Monica Beach, responded to this review, March 8, 2013
Dear Ms. Law,

We are so pleased that you had a most wonderful Huntley experience and that we met your high expectations. On behalf of our management and staff, we wish to thank you sincerely for your positive feedback. We strive to provide all our guests a wonderful experience. We have shared your review with our entire team and please be assured that we have personally gave recognition to David Cohen, our Front Office Manager, Zenan in Room Service and Nemesia who serviced your room during your stay. We look forward to welcoming you back soon Ms. Law and we thank you for your business.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013 via mobile

Santa Monica is a great way to start a USA holiday.the Huntley was nearly perfect .best beds and pillows ever but just ask to be away from noisy lift.amazing shopping.we stayed 2 nights to get over jetlag before Disney etc and it worked nicely.great shower pressure too.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Huntley Hotel S, Manager at Huntley Santa Monica Beach, responded to this review, March 5, 2013
Dear yerrabrennans,

It was a pleasure to serve you at the Huntley Santa Monica Beach. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to welcoming you back again soon!
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Address: 1111 Second Street, Santa Monica, CA 90403 (Formerly The Huntley Hotel)
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Location: United States > California > Santa Monica
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Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #7 of 34 hotels in Santa Monica
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Huntley Santa Monica Beach 4*
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