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The Hotel California

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1670 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My 17 y/o granddaughter and I visited 07/16 -07/21. This was our best vacation ever, largely in part to the awesome stay at The Hotel California. Beds are very comfortable; staff extremely friendly and helpful all the way from the manager to the housekeeping staff. Initially, concerned about street noise, but once in our room, it wasn't a consideration at... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The location of Hotel California was great. That being said, we did have a few problems. I didn't realize there was no air conditioning....I guess I assumed all hotels have ac. And while it was cool while we were there, around 75 degrees, it gets very humid which makes for difficult for sleeping. Speaking of sleeping, we had one of... More 

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Thank Kim G
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The vibe is cool, the rooms are California surf hip, the location is "walk down those steps to the beach." However, we were surprised by having to ask for towels in our room, no air conditioning, and lots of noise from our fellow travelers till after midnight and beginning again at 6am. When I mentioned this at checkout, the manager... More 

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Palm Harbor, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We loved this hotel's location and loved Santa Monica. It is steps from the beach and pier. We would definitely return. The staff are really friendly and helpful. The hotel is simple (no pool, but great beach). Room was small but adequate. There are other beautiful hotels in the area (which shows how great the location is)but they were at... More 

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New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

A cute place, very simple and not fancy. Location to the beach is excellent. Parking was easy. Although the rooms seem old things were clean. Again I stress not fancy just a typical average beach hotel. We enjoyed our stay. The bathroom needs improvement.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved our stay here. The best way to describe it here is "chill". If you are looking for a fancy resort, this is not the place for you. Carter, Victor and James made our stay here. When we first arrived, our room wasn't ready yet (we were way early) so we left our belongings there and went down the... More 

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Hotel Californi... S, Front Office Manager at The Hotel California, responded to this review

Christine, "Chill" is the perfect word for our hotel. We appreciate the stellar review and are so happy to hear that you enjoyed staying with us! Definitely reach out to me next time you plan on coming to Santa Monica. We'll be sure to take great care of you. All the Best, James More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was approximately 2 days in this place. I was satisfied with room service und really kind personals. I ate realy gut Meals with best quality. Friendly environment and best service make it separate from the other hotels in California. I recommend to try it ones.

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Hotel Californi... S, Front Office Manager at The Hotel California, responded to this review

So happy that you enjoyed your stay Lars. You are right, we are definitely different from all of the other hotels in Santa Monica. You found the right one for sure! All the Best, - James More 

Augusta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Welcome to the hotel California... James is awesome. I think he must be the manager...his attention to customer service went well above and beyond anything we would expect My friend and I stayed for one night and had a very comfortable stay. It is a short walk to the beach. There were a couple of items in room #26 that... More 

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Hotel Californi... S, Front Office Manager at The Hotel California, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review, and more importantly for being super cool guests of ours. Our goal is to provide the best service possible, simply by being accommodating and friendly. We know that you have many choices of hotels in the area, but that's why we do everything possible to stand out. I am extremely grateful for the kind words... More 

Hillsboro, Oregon
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Hotel California is located in a great location next to Santa Monica Pier. The hotel has a cute charming character. The hotel provides a stove, microwave, and refrigerator. Our room has two separate rooms not including bathroom. The staff is friendly. Now here is why Hotel California got a poor rating... My wife and I called hotels in the... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The beds were so comfy. Hotel California has really great staff that are happy, enthusiastic and really helpful. It was such a relief to stay at a hotel run by kind and happy people (had a nightmare of an experience the prior night in a different motel in San Bernadino-see my other reviews). The Hotel California is perfectly situated. So... More 

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Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers, roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica pier spins high above the water, while park revelers scream with delight riding the roller coaster. Inland from the beach, Third Street Promenade bustles with shoppers and street performers, where every block seems to have a musical or acrobatic act drawing crowds giving Santa Monica both the feeling of a laid-back beach town and a major commercial hub.
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Amenities

Highlights
  • Beachfront
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair access
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Suites
  • Family Rooms
In your room
  • Refrigerator in room
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Services
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Self-Serve Laundry
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 

Additional Information about The Hotel California

Address: 1670 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Location: United States > California > Santa Monica > Santa Monica
Price Range: $227 - $460 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — The Hotel California 2*
Number of rooms: 36
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Also Known As:
California Hotel Santa Monica
Hotel California Santa Monica
California Santa Monica
Hotel Style:
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Monica
#15 Romantic Hotel in Santa Monica
#17 Family Hotel in Santa Monica
#17 Business Hotel in Santa Monica
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