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Boulder, Colorado
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you're looking for a national chain, this is not the place for you. If you value history and an authentic experience, you'll love it. My family and I stayed here in August and we loved it. Two adults and kids 15 and 13. Great surfer decor, super friendly staff, steps from the beach, the pier and great restaurants. Beds... More 

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Richfield, MN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The place doesn't have curb appeal - at least compared to the glitzy high rise hotels nearby. But exterior looks can be deceiving. The place is absolutely incredible. The rooms are impeccably maintained and have tons of character with hardwood floors and rock-n-roll memorabilia. Access the beach and Santa Monica pier is excellent. Just a few step and you're there.... More 

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

Thanks for the awesome review! Incredible rooms with character and rock-n-roll memorabilia, what more could one ask for? We pride ourselves on our unique and laid-back LA vibe. Our goal is to provide a completely different experience compared to one you would get at a pricey, extremely high-end hotel. If comfy, welcoming, and cool are what were looking for then... More 

Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We had 3 well sized and comfortable rooms, individually styled, one with balcony. If you want to avoid generic hotels and go for something distinct - this would be ideal for you. The breakfast was superb - served to your table. The staff were friendly, keen to help and personal. Malaga centre is a short walk away. Super hotel -... More 

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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My granddaughter and I spent four nights here and enjoyed it tremendously. We had a few snags initially which were very quickly ironed out with the help of the front desk staff..Our suite was awesome, beds were amazing...short walk to pier and peaceful outside seating to just sit and relax, Parking nearby at an affordable rate of $14/24 hrs. Special... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great staff and great location. Rooms are not best but ok, bathroom very small and water temperature varied greatly while in shower, from too cold to scalding. Parking ridiculously high $36 per night and hotel overpriced. Awful wifi

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Las Vegas, Nevada
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It seems the only thing that has been updated over the years at the motel was the beds and the TV's but as far as we were concerned that's all that mattered. Perfect location, just a short walk down a staircase and across a side street to the beach and pier. The room was clean and charming and beds were... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Amazing hotel which is more like an apartment. Friendly staff and free coffee/bananas Clean apartment and comes equipped with all kitchen facilities --not that you will need them as its too nice to stay inside In the heart of santa monica and a short walk to the santa monica pier Highly recommend this place

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's a great place to stay with access to Santa Monica Beacn and Pier. It's not five star, but you know that going in. However, the rooms are comfortable and clean and if you can get a room with a balcony, especially room 29, you're on a winner. Carter and James at the front desk will help you with anything... More 

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

Angela, Thanks for the review! Looks like the secret is out on room 29. That seems to be a guest favorite! We'll make sure to hold that room aside for you the next time you come and see us. Thanks again, - James More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Pleasant. The room was pleasant. The room was a little warm being cooled only by fans and open windows. My 10-year-old daughter had a lot of fun at the beach and on the Santa Monica Pier, which were a very short walk from the hotel. Staff was pleasant and helpful. One reason I stayed there was to surprise my daughter... More 

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

Jeffrey, We hope that your daughter enjoyed the beach and the amazing Santa Monica weather that comes along with it. I'm sure she was ecstatic to have the chance to stay at THE Hotel California. Hopefully you guys took a lot of pictures. Thanks for the review! - James More 

Decatur, Georgia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Clean room. Front Desk outstanding. Parking is tight. Next to pier. Best to leave car parked. Walking distance to Santa Monica Blvd. Bike rentals everywhere. Venice Beach nice walk or bike ride. Smells like 420 festival.

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

The 5 star review is much appreciated Matt! Leaving the car parked and taking advantage of the bike paths is great advice. We are centrally located and within walking/biking distance to almost everything. Be sure to call us up when you come back to Santa Monica. We'll hook you up with a great discount and an upgrade for coming back... More 

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Staying in Santa Monica

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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
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Beachfront
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Beachfront
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Suites
  • Family Rooms
In your room
  • Refrigerator in room
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
Services
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Laundry Service
  • 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 90401-3212
Location: United States > California > Santa Monica > Santa Monica
Price Range: $186 - $454 (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 Business Hotel in Santa Monica
#17 Family Hotel in Santa Monica
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