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“You get what you pay for” 3 of 5 stars
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The Hotel California
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1670 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401   |  
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Ranked #10 of 34 Hotels in Santa Monica
Sydney
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
“You get what you pay for”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

This is the second time we stayed at this hotel and you get what you pay for. It is an older, retro type hotel but with a fantastic location - 2 mins walk to beach and 5 mins to the pier. Although we arrived a few hours before checkin time the staff that greeted us were very friendly and helpful. Our room was not available but suggested they mind our luggage and would call us when available. As we requested a first floor room at the rear, we checked if this was the room we were allocated. We were being allocated a front room so to accomodate our request we were changed to match what we wanted.

The room was large and quite with a rear balcony. Although rooms were clean they really do need some updating particuarly the the green tiles used throughout the bathroom and bedroom.

Breakfast very basic - yoghurt, donuts, fresh fruit, fruit juice and coffee.
Internet - good speeds
Staff - friendly

Overall I like this hotel mainly for it's location and price. AND don't expect 5 star when you are paying 3 star prices!!! Will stay again.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Afton, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013 via mobile

The hotel was located in a beautiful area. The front staff including a very bright young energetic always positive girl named Katie were always there to help when you needed it. They made the stay in California very easy and very relaxing. The rooms were clean and beds super comfortable! The patio areas were always kept in great condition with beautiful flowers and trees everywhere. In a great location just minutes away from the pier...and you can see the beach from certain views from the hotel. Overall the experience was fabulous and the whole staff was warm and welcoming and enjoyed many laughs with us. Defiantly would come again

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

We had a family room, which consisted of a lounge room with a double bed, a double bedroom, walk in wardrobe, bathroom. The accommodation was great, and so close to the beach, absolutely lovely. Beds were really comfy. They do have a continental breakfast in the reception, but we did not partake, due to meeting friends in nearby venice beach for breakfast. We paid 36 dollars for overnight parking at the hotel, so be aware for this payment, not sure how this compares with parking close by, but certainly, handy when you have sooooo many bags to load into the car!!
Overall, had a great time and I would certainly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013 via mobile

First if all, NO AIR CONDITION. Room gets unbearably hot in 80 degree weather. Very outdated, especially the bathroom. Not a lot of space. Sheets didn't look very fresh. Mold in the bathroom. Dirty floor. Way overpriced!!!

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

Hotel California is a fantastic boutique hotel that represents excellent value for money. We loved the location which is close to the beach and Santa Monica Pier. The rooms are comfortable and the décor is very cool - exactly what you expect in a place called Hotel California. I would especially like to thank Katie at reception, she was awesome, always happy to go out of her to help.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I really enjoyed staying here for the five nights, close to everything, very helpful staff, obliging in every way, along with a very comfortable beachy feel apartment, it was perfect end to our holiday. The seating areas outside the rooms were terrific for breakfast or relaxing at the end of the day, Loved it.

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

Very cool surfer retro rooms only steps to the surf or the Santa Monica Pier. We had a large up stairs room. Only draw back being that the TV was in the living room wall mounted in front of a couch with no place to raise your feet instead of in front of the bed like most nice hotels.

  • Stayed September 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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Michael P, Guest Relations Manager at The Hotel California, responded to this review, September 22, 2013
Dear Walter,

Thanks so much for the great review we loved that you enjoyed the beachy vibe the Hotel California exudes down by the Santa Monica pier. We hope to see you again soon on your next visit out.

Cheers,

Michael
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Additional Information about The Hotel California

Address: 1670 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Location: United States > California > Santa Monica
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Monica
#10 Family Hotel in Santa Monica
#13 Romantic Hotel in Santa Monica
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — The Hotel California 2*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located steps from the beach and from the famous Santa Monica Pier, this world-famous hotel offers complimentary coffee, tea, fruit, WiFi, laundry room, as well as a private beach pathway! Experience the laid back California lifestyle as it should be. Moments from the shopping and dining, Third Street Promenade, Venice and Muscle Beach. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
California Hotel Santa Monica
Hotel California Santa Monica
California Santa Monica

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