This hotel is a couple miles from the beach, but with the pink and pastel blue facade, blue heron metal sculptures, etc., it very much appears it should be in a Florida beach location. I checked in after dark and after a checkin that made me feel like I was checking into a cheap place. I headed to my room where I was not very impressed either. The wallpaper in the room is pealing in the corners, have splatters of what appears to be (or at least I hope just) coffee (how does that happen?), and several tears. The trim is in great need of new paint, and corners of the bathroom looked like mildew. I booked 2 nights here, but after looking around the room I was considering checking out by morning and finding another place.
With the light of morning, however, I investigated the rest of the hotel. There is no pool but there are numerous fitness bikes, treadmills, etc., in hall areas of the 3rd and 4th floor (by the elevators/stairs) as well as several private sunroom style rooms with just one piece of equipment in each. A nice looking sauna is just off from one of these, but not very private since the sauna is directly off the 4th floor hall with a window from the hall. There is a rather nice sundeck on the roof of the 3rd floor – accessible from the 4th. This sundeck was actually the part that convinced me to stay the next day I had booked.
The complimentary breakfast wasn’t too bad. Nothing “hot” – basically just donuts, croissants, and other bread items, as well as fresh fruit like bananas and apples (no cut fruit). The donuts and croissants seemed fresh. Just don’t expect eggs and sausage here.
I like to walk, so I did walk down to Santa Monica beach and pier (end of “Route 66!”). The walk is a little over 2 miles each way, so unless you walk fast like me, expect it to take awhile. Otherwise, the drive to the beach is straight down the street and it appeared there were numerous parking areas all posting about $8 for parking.
Overall, not a bad stay. Since the price of most other “real” hotels nearer the beach appear to be at least 3 times what I paid for this room, I probably would not hesitate too much to stay here again.
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