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Oceana Beach Club Hotel
Ranked #1 of 36 Hotels in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence
New Jersey
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
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“Wow, what a find”
Reviewed May 19, 2010

Needed to visit my daughter who moved to Santa Monica from New York. Picked the Hotel Oceana based on reviews on TripAdvisor. Wow, what a marvellous stay. The staff made me feel like I was visiting family. The hotel has 70 rooms but it feels like 20. Rooms were luscious and very clean. Views of the ocean from most rooms. I strongly recommend this Hotel for either business or leisure travelers. Expensive yes, but worth it. I like it better than Shutters which gets rave reviews.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 14, 2010

We were impressed the minute we walked into our beautiful, huge room overlooking the Pacific, we couldn't have asked for a better start to our trip to the US. The furnishings, linen (Frette), bathroom amenities (aveda), and styling touches are all absolutely first class and make you feel as if you're at home (admittedly a very lovely home!). Our suite was on the ground level with a balcony and outdoor chairs and we had absolutely no issues with road noise during our stay. We had our 6 year old with us who had a great time in the pool, we enjoyed the delicious bar menu fare a glass or two of wine. The service was friendly and nothing seemed too much trouble. The location is perfect. As for other reviewers, we did not use our car for during the three days we were there, walking to the Pier, local restaurants and 3rd street Promenade. We're definitely looking forward to returning in the near future.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed April 22, 2010

Thank you for a delightful stay at your beautiful hotel. From the moment we checked in until the day we had to leave, your staff was friendly, kind and courteous. Whether we were having a scrumptious meal in your dining room, or just sitting by the pool, relaxing and reading, your staff was there to make sure our stay was soothing.

Our room was impeccably clean and tidy each day. We slept like babies in a quiet and comfortable bed. The décor of your lovely hotel made us feel like we were in Tuscany as we sipped superb wine by your inviting fireplace in the evening.

The location of your hotel is perfect. We enjoyed our walks to shop and dine. Being so close to the beach has its advantages as well. We took pleasure walking the beach and visiting the Santa Monica Pier.

We will highly recommend your hotel to all who know us, even though, I’m sure you have a regular clientele. We commend you for managing a great place and we look forward to a return visit. Thank you again.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Newton, Massachusetts
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Reviewed April 21, 2010

Having stayed at this hotel over a dozen times, I can say that this feels like my West Coast home. This small 60 room all suites hotel has the best location with amazing rooms for my wife and I, as well as my kids when we bring them along. The staff knows everyones name. The rooms are immaculate. The recent addition of the restaurant with great food was key for us as we love eating breakfast outside by the pool. Although I use the hotel for pleasure, I meet alot of people staying there on business and they love the service they get. We also like the proximity to the beach and to the Third Street Promenade for shopping and dining. You will never be disappointed with your stay at Oceana.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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South Florida, Florida
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Reviewed April 8, 2010

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.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Newport, CA
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Reviewed April 2, 2010

As a frequent traveler, I have started to notice the little things that make a big difference.

The Oceana had all those little things covered and more.
The staff remembered our name and everytime we came back from the beach greeted all by name.
We travel with a 1 year old and the staff could not have been more obliging and considerate. We ran out of milk with a late night screaming baby, no problem the kitchen warmed some milk and sent it to the room in 3 minutes.

The look and feel of the hotel, truly provided a relaxing environment. Our room was a large suite, very comfortable. The coffee table books were interesting to flip through. For me the highlight was how comfortable the bed is, amazing sheets.

We ate all our breakfasts at the hotel, the buffet had quality fare, not the usual crap that is laid out to fill the space. We ate lunch out and about in Santa Monica all walking distance from the hotel. We actually did not drive once, while on our 3 day stay, that for me is a successful holiday. We ate dinner at the hotel once and the food was excellent. I personally spent a little to much time on the specialty cocktails!

Thank you Oceana for making our stay special, my only complaint is that you are not in more cities!

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed March 28, 2010

We stayed in this nice all suite hotel at the end of a hectic trip around the sights of california. The reception was welcoming and a friendly but without being overly familiar. Our first room was on the top floor to the rear of the property (311 I think), which had some noise through the roof of the air-conditioning fan systems. we rang down to reception who sent some-one and moved us immediately without any fuss. The pool was nice and whilst we were there it seemed quiet hotel, without loud music or lots of noise from kids. This was despite the fact it was Santa Monica pier's 100 birthday. The pier is only about a mile along the wonderfully clean and wide beach from the hotel, with venice beach and canals approx 1 mile further on from the pier. all within easy walking distance (bus back!). There is a bridge for beach access just across from the hotel which made the walks easier.
For trips into central LA, Wiltshire boulevard stops at the beach about 2 blocks away from the hotel, which means its only 1 road to get directly Rodeo drive and Regent Beverly wiltshire hotel etc. the beach end of wiltshire is a very quiet road.
The food in the hotel is good, if a little overpriced, with good service and a nice location by the pool or looking out towards the beach to eat it.
Overall this was a very nice hotel, good friendly service, good location and worth the little extra over the other hotels nearer the pier for the significantly bigger rooms.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Oceana Beach Club Hotel
Address: 849 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403-1003 (Formerly Hotel Oceana Santa Monica)
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Location: United States > California > Santa Monica > Santa Monica
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 36 Hotels in Santa Monica
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Oceana Beach Club Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 70
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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