I rented a one-bedroom suite for 3 nights in January while on a combination business and pleasure trip. I booked directly with the motel over the phone. The rate including taxes and fees came to about $250 per night.
The motel benefits from its location in downtown Santa Monica.
Friendly, competent management
Free off-street parking
Spacious, clean suites with balconies
Amenities and service not quite what one would expect for the price.
Some traffic noise audible in suites facing Main Street.
Notes on the suite: The suites are located slightly apart from the main part of the motel on the second floor of another building, above retail outlets. The adjunct property is separated from the motel and its office by a laundromat that is not affiliated with the motel; however, the motel parking lots are connected behind the properties. All Sea Shore Motel dwellers have free off-street parking, which is a real plus in that part of Santa Monica. If you rent a suite, you get your own designated parking space. Entrance to the suites is via a pleasant white-stucco interior courtyard that has its own security gate. The suite measured about 530 sq. ft. and included a sitting area with sectional sofa and pull-out bed, TV with DVD player, and coffee table; a dining area with a large table that seats 6; a sunny and reasonably roomy kitchen area with marble countertops; a bedroom with a king-size bed, chest-of-drawers, and second TV; and the bathroom.
With high ceilings and lots of sunlight, including windows on two sides and a transom window over the patio door, the suite had a pleasantly spacious feel to it. The floor is tastefully tiled and accented with natural mats. Furnishings were a mixture of new pieces in excellent condition and a few old, somewhat junky items that seem out of place. This is one of those places with light switches that are counter-intuitively located, and when you do find the light switch, it may not actually be connected to anything. One of my favorite features of the property is the balcony, with two chairs and a small table. Mine looked out over Main Street and included a view of the well-kept lawn of the California Heritage Museum across the street. It was pleasant coming back in the evening and sitting outside to enjoy the ambience of old downtown Santa Monica. However, there is only a waist-high partition separating the balcony from the one next door, so privacy is not assured. Traffic noise from the street could be a concern for some; however, I did not find it to be a significant issue. Traffic is heavy on weekend evenings, then diminishes considerably during the night. It helps that the bedroom is not an exterior room and is away from the street. Also, I noticed that the regular motel rooms are set back from the street.
The kitchen in my suite was well-equipped with dishes, silverware, cookware and all major and minor appliances, including even a blender. I found coffee filters in the cabinet; however, don’t expect the coffee packets that some places provide. Nor was there a speck of salt and pepper in the place. Anything consumable must be purchased or brought from home. The bathroom opens directly into the living room, in full view of the sliding glass balcony doors, rather than into the bedroom, so privacy while using “the facility” requires a little forethought. The bathroom was very clean with beautiful tiles and a marble-top vanity. As a tall person I especially appreciated that the shower head in the tub/shower was positioned well over 6 feet high. Waiting for the hot water to arrive is a matter of patience (or impatience), but once it’s there, it is plentiful. Towels were of medium quality and a bit on the cheap side. The bed and pillows were comfortable, and the bedroom has a large closet with full-length mirrors. Because the Wi-Fi signal is not strong in the suites, the management provides a connection cable upon check-in for use with your laptop. There are internet plug-ins located both at the dining room table and in the bedroom. This motel has no business center, fitness center, or swimming pool.
Notes on service: The management is very friendly and exhibits a lot of civic pride in Santa Monica. They enjoy providing information about the town, making suggestions about places to go, and giving directions. Check-in and check-out were both smooth. Maid service was not exactly terrible, but it did seem to adhere to the “just do enough to get by” mentality. I found the coffee grounds from a previous occupant still in the coffee maker when I checked in, and mine were always still there when I returned to the suite. There was a power outage for several hours one night, and the next day the maid declined to reset any of the electric clocks in the suite. I think if I hadn’t done it myself, they would have still been blinking when the next guests checked in. (Glad to be of service.)
Notes on location and surroundings: The motel is in the middle of a charming part of old downtown Santa Monica, with tree-lined streets, eateries, interesting taverns, coffee shops and boutiques in easy walking distance. The beach and the ocean front bikeway connecting Venice and Santa Monica are a little more than 2 blocks distant. From your room you can hear sea gulls calling in the morning. It’s necessary to cross two busy streets to reach the waterfront. I discovered that the most pleasant access to the beach is via Ashland Ave., a couple of blocks south of the motel. This walking route takes you through Ocean View Park. The hilly residential neighborhood in the opposite direction, east of Main St., is a beautiful area with shade trees and charming well-kept bungalows. Consider driving Ashland Ave. through this neighborhood as an alternative to the traffic on Ocean Park Blvd. There is an Albertson’s supermarket 1-2 miles away at the corner of Ocean Park Blvd. and Lincoln Blvd. Among other things, Albertson’s has a decent selection of spirits, beer and wine. I also found a Whole Foods market further south on Lincoln Blvd., between Machado Dr. and Rose Ave. The Santa Monica bus system, known as “The Big Blue Bus,” stops directly across the street from the motel. An entrance ramp to Interstate 10 via Lincoln Blvd. is about 3 miles away.
I enjoyed my stay at the Sea Shore Motel. It has some flaws, but the positives outweigh the negatives for me, and I will consider returning when I’m in Santa Monica again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our rooms feature terra-cotta tile floors, refrigerators, air conditioning, cable TV, granite counter tops and more. We have a sun deck and an on-site restaurant and Laundromat. All our rooms are non-smoking. We offer free parking in our own parking lot. We are located within walking distance to all Santa Monica attractions and within a 1/2 hour drive to all Los Angeles attractions. Plus, we're only TWO SHORT BLOCKS from Santa Monica's famous white sand beach. Along historic and charming Main Street are numerous restaurants, art galleries, museums, dress shops, coffee shops, and more. A 2 night minimum stay is required on weekends and holidays. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sea Shore Hotel Santa Monica
- Sea Shore Santa Monica