There are loads of “upscale” and “pricey” hotels in the LA area and some of them are simply places you never want to revisit and totally try to forget!
The opposite is true with the Hotel Oceana in Santa Monica. We enjoy returning here.
We actually look forward to regular return visits! Yes, it’s conveniently located, yes; the rooms and suites are spacious and well appointed and very comfortable; yes, the Frette bed linens are luxurious, yes, yes, yes…everything you would expect.
But…..it’s the staff at Hotel Oceana; it is always the staff that really makes the difference.
Sometimes our flights arrives midday at LAX midday, we know from experience normal check-in time is 3:00 PM. However a call to Joey, at the front desk, and he’s got the answer! “Stop on Main Street, grab a light bite and something would be ready by the time we arrived”….he was right!
We had exchanged emails with Leah, Reservations Manager, requesting a view, if possible and a higher floor to minimize street noise. She nailed one of the “05” corner accommodations, on the second floor…great side balcony with full access balcony….and a huge picture window facing the park and the Pacific.
Breakfast was always a nice relaxing experience and Liz, our server, displayed a pleasant personality every morning…good way to start the day.
Of course, the Santa Monica area is overrun with great restaurants….but why not spend at least one quiet evening dining along site the pool deck by the roaring fireplace and sample the magic Chef Joe can weave (we’re vegetarians, so a little advanced notice always produces something “off the menu” from his sub terrain kitchen). Chef Joe (Joseph Feldmann) elevates his culinary efforts with creative sourcing of his ingredients and regular visits to Santa Monica Framer’s Market.
It is the staff that will bring us back to the Hotel Oceana.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Oceana Beach Club Hotel is luxury boutique hotel located in the premier residential neighborhood of north Santa Monica. With sweeping oceam views, spacious rooms and suites and coastal California cuisine at Tower 8, Oceana offers guests the quintessential coastal California experience. ... more less
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