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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My boyfriend and I stayed for 3 nights and we really enjoyed our stay. Nice and big bath (although the SPA bath was not working), very comfortable bed, complimentary coffee at reception and friendly staff. The location is great as well as it's only 20 seconds away from the sea and 3 minute walk from Santa Monica Pier. The only... More 

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Farmington Hills, Michigan
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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Although our room could have used a fresh coat of brighter paint, extra storage space (I set up the ironing board as a shelf,) as well as a coffee maker, the location is great and the price fair for that area. The staff could not have been more pleasant. A special thank you to Kirstie for being so helpful!!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia, USA
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29 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Hotel California isn't for everybody. If you want the Westin or the Hilton it isn't for you. But if you want a laid-back surfer vibe you'll be right at home. Despite the song, think Beach Boys rather than Eagles. Metres from the beach, metres from Santa Monica Pier. Others have noted concerns about cleanliness but I had no problems.... More 

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11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was debating on whether to stay here or on Venice beach , I'm glad I picked this hotel. It has the perfect location, the staff was great and the room was clean. This is the type of hotel we like to stay at. It's not fancy and stuffy, just a good ole down to earth place run by real... More 

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

We really are REAL people and do all we can to keep a fun and down to earth environment around here! So glad that you took the rise and chose us over one of those "fancy and stuffy" hotels :) Thanks for the phenomenal review! All the Best, - James More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So you know who is writing this, I'm 31 and was traveling w/ my fiance and a friend. This is an awesome place. Definitely more of a vacationy and laid back vibe. Sorry i'm not the greatest writer, so its hard for me to find words other than "really cool" and "super chill".... but its all of those things.....you just... More 

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

Hi Joe, Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review. You described our hotel perfectly, which will really help people who need a push in the right direction. Just as you mentioned, every room is unique and different. We just recently finished decking out every room with new Rock n' Roll, beach, and classic LA styled... More 

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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We booked the room as a stop over in Santa Monica. You get what you pay for. It's not plush, but it's comfortable, friendly and has a surfboard headboard. In terms of location, we could not have got better. On the beach and five minute walk to bars and restaurants

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

Surfboard headboards! That's just one of the countless, unique attributes that are all over our hotel. You'll have to come back to discover some of the other cool stuff we have here. Thanks for the great review! - James More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Basic, lovely clean room, great location more or less right on the beach! If you're looking for luxurious this isn't the place for you. Wifi good as was the coffee and banana in a morning. Great little surf city tour and good Mexican restaurant right next door.

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

We love you back, Trudi! Thanks for taking the time to let us know how you felt about our hotel and the local area. As you know, we are walking distance to just about everything in Santa Monica. We will be sure to stash some great coffee and bananas for your returning visit ;) All the Best, - James More 

Wyandotte, Michigan
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10 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I stayed here for a couple of days during our California vacation. This hotel really has a California "vibe." From the retro posters to the hand-painted ceilings, to the beautiful woodwork, everything works together in a way that the beige, one-size-fits-all corporate hotels never could. I felt right at home here, and was able to truly relax... More 

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

Kay, We appreciate your descriptive and gracious review. You're right, our hotel is only for the adventurous and laid-back type of people. As you said, if you're looking for a "one-size-fits-all" atmosphere then you've come to the wrong place. Hotel California is all about artistic expression and having a relaxing, great time. So happy that you were able to kick... More 

Bakersfield, California
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21 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great little boutique hotel. Professional and extremely helpful staff. Parking is a bit limited and cramped. Five minutes to Santa Monica pier and great restaurants. Wonderful experience waking up to the cool ocean breeze.

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

Thanks for the positive feedback, JungleJym - great name by the way :) There is nothing better than waking up to the cool breeze of the beach here in Santa Monica. So glad that you were able to take advantage of our direct beach access. We're always here, 24/7, for when you decide to come see us again. All the... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fab hotel, fab location, friendly and helpful staff, great laid back atmosphere. Stayed in July 2016 for a week with my husband and our two boys. We had a family room on the ground floor that opened up onto a small courtyard with a table and chairs which was great for the kids. Would loooove to get back to this... More 

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

Thanks for the great review Jenny. We like to keep things 'fab" and laid back, just as you stated. We'll be sure to hold a nice spot for you and your family in our private courtyard for your return. Call us up directly and we'll be sure to take care of a nice upgrade for you. Thanks so much! -... 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
  • 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: $172 - $364 (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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