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“nice place” 4 of 5 stars
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Rest Haven Motel
Ranked #29 of 35 Hotels in Santa Monica
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1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“nice place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

Took the wife, kids (6 & 9 yrs. Old), and in-laws to Disney for the week. We stayed at another resort for a week but needed a place for an additional day before flying out the following morning. I booked this resort mainly for the pools and it did not disappoint. I requested an early check in as we needed to be out of our current resort by 10 AM. The normal check in is 4 PM. The girl at the desk was absolutely wonderful and while our back to back rooms were not ready at 10:45 when we arrived, she was able to get us two rooms on the same floor across the hall from each other. Instead of waiting for our original rooms to become available, we took these. The rooms were clean, beds extremely comfortable. The only oddity of the room is the half shower door and the single door that slides for the bathroom and closet. It really is no big deal and my kids thought it was really neat, however, this might annoy some travelers. The pools are spectacular. They have both a heated pool (was 89') and a non heated pool (was 75') along with 2 hot tubs, a slide, suspended bridge, rock wall, bikes, paddle boats, and a huge work out room that would put some clubs to shame. The staff were excellent and we never had a problem getting food or drinks while at the pools.

Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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resthavenmotel, General Manager at Rest Haven Motel, responded to this review, December 13, 2013
This is not ours. We do not have pool. Thank you.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

I've now stayed at the Rest Haven probably more than 30 times. I guess you can tell I love it- it's tiny and homey, just right for me. Cheap. I love the staff, there's no turnover, eferyone's friendly. I've been using the table in the little courtyard more lately for reading in the mornings. I've stayed at a few other places too, including Rest Haven's main competitor across the street, but I don't believe in writing negative reviews unless things are REALLY horrible, so enough said. TripAdvisor keeps bugging me for more reviews, I think I'll do a few for places I like when I'm in Santa Monica (frequently, I guess you can tell). Classy Cleaners on Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica Radiator Repair on Lincoln for various car repairs, there's a 7-11, Subway & Laundromat too on Lincoln & Pico (walking distance from Rest Haven). Denny's further north on Lincoln if you're not a fan of the nearby Jack In The Box (like me). Albertson's south on Lincoln.

Room Tip: rooms are all different; there are 2 small rooms that are directly off the cool little courtyard.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Johnsparks
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resthavenmotel, General Manager at Rest Haven Motel, responded to this review, November 9, 2013
Thank you for your review and good words. We do have a lot of repeated customers and we cherish them all. As you well said this is a homey little motel in the heart of Santa Monica.
Hope to see you again.
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

Nice friendly hotel, rooms are very clean and there are some nice touches. Overall don't expect anything amazing as this is a budget hotel but is good value for money. Lady at reception was extremely friendly and helpful. This is more like a family run operation so they give you that personalised attention. Would definitely recommend.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Jimmy S
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resthavenmotel, General Manager at Rest Haven Motel, responded to this review, November 9, 2013
Yes this is a budget motel in Santa Monica which an expensive city. We try on daily basis to improve the quality of our motel and listen to our guests. Thank you for staying with us. Have a great day.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

Traveling down the Pacific Coast Highway landed us in Santa Monica for the night. We started looking for a hotel using the Yelp phone app, but every place we called was full. We called Rest Haven, were told they had vacancies and she offered to text me the address. When we drove up to the hotel it was not fancy, but the property was well maintained and clean. The room was small but had the amenities we needed: refrigerator, TV, wifi and free parking in front. The room and bathroom were very clean. The hotel is located behind a Jack in the Box, with the drive thru lane across the lot from our room, but there was minimal late night noise. The lot was brightly lit, which is good for security, but some light does leak in around the heavy drapes on the windows. The staff was pleasant and helpful, gave us a map and suggested we visit the pier. It is not a fancy motel, but it was clean, economical and comfortable for our one night stay.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Changitah
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resthavenmotel, General Manager at Rest Haven Motel, responded to this review, December 14, 2013
Rest Haven Motel is not a fancy motel but clean with family oriented environment and friendly staff. Thank you again for staying with us. Have an awesome day.
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

I booked my stay at the Rest Haven Motel after a thirty year absence from Santa Monica. I didn't want to stay in one of the overpriced multi story hotels that have overtaken the once low key community. We stayed in one of the rooms on the side street, and it was a nice sized room with comfortable beds and a real full sized tile shower. Yes, the Jack in the box was next door ( great since there are no coffee pots in the room), and there are some fairly seedy looking places on Lincoln Avenue, but the neighborhood behind the motel is neat and friendly, and a great place to walk if you don't want to head down to the beach. Everything you could possibly want is within walking distance; a Von's supermarket (and the room has a fridge that's big enough to actually hold some food), the beach, the San Mo pier, and the third street promenade with shopping and restaurants. The windows actually open to let in the cool night air, and there's lots of storage space for your stuff.

It is not a cookie cutter modern hotel, and if you are offended by the occasional homeless person on Lincoln Avenue, stay away, but if you want a convenient, clean, comfortable room at a reasonable price, this is for you.

P.S. The owner's son showed us to our room, and is adorable!
P.P.S. If you score rooms 13 or 14 you have a wonderful enclosed patio to yourself!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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5 Thank mnlohman
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resthavenmotel, General Manager at Rest Haven Motel, responded to this review, September 6, 2013
Your wonderful and nice appraisal of Rest Haven Motel greatly impressed the Management and it's Staff. We are glad and thankful that our modest rooms have provided you the comfort you deserved since our main goal is always to meet our Customers' full satisfaction while staying and relaxing in our property, the Rest Haven Motel. Feel free to return to Santa Monica, CA and be booked in our Motel. We anticipate another future booking from you, your family and your friends. Oh as you mentioned also ("The owner's son showed us to our room, and is adorable!"). It's not the owner and yes the son it's a great help. Thank you again and have a wonderful day.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013 via mobile

Meant to write this review months ago, but guessing it is still accurate. Very difficult to find bargains in Santa Monica, so Rest Haven rates are attractive, however.....
Although our room was clean and cute, it was small with very creaky beds. My biggest complaint however was the fact that we were basically in the jack in the box drive thru, apparently a very popular place on a Saturday night. It was loud. So the first night we did not sleep much. Had already paid for 2 nights though, so luckily Sunday was quieter. If you stay here bring earplugs, maybe another fan for noise blocking, and expect creaky bed. Location ok, but you will need to drive to the nicer parts of Santa Monica. Liked the courtyard, we brought our jack in the box breakfast to the table there, quite pleasant. Overall I thought the lower price makes this a viable option if you are trying to keep to a trip budget in a very pricey area

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank skjam
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resthavenmotel, General Manager at Rest Haven Motel, responded to this review, August 29, 2013
Thanks for your honest comment. The management will address the problem accordingly. Clean and cute room can be very satisfying except the creaky bed which maybe annoying but it can be fixed or replaced anytime at your convenience and satisfaction. The noisy place is the product of booming businesses flooding in a progressive community like Santa Monica. This problem can't be resolve but can be remedied so, don't feel bad come and book again at Rest Haven while in the city and experience the comfort once denied in your previous short stop over. Have an awesome day.
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Stockholm, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

This is a five star budget motel and it has all the amenities you can expect for the price you pay. (Santa Monica is a expensive town in CA). The room is fairly big and have all the things you need. Flat screen tv, a big refrigerator etc. The room I stayed in had a fan in the roof and another fan that you could place where ever you wanted. The location is good and you have lots of junk food restaurants around you, like Jack in the box, Subway, 7 Eleven, Taco bell etc. You also have a decent bar with live music every day on the same street as the motel.

The hotel is located a 12 minutes walk from the beach (just take Pico blvd down) or about 15 minutes to the shopping streets of Santa Monica. The staff is great and would will take care of all the questions you might have.

Totally worth the money!

Room Tip: We stayed in room 9. It had another building in front of it and by then you didn't hear the traf...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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2 Thank jimZon
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resthavenmotel, General Manager at Rest Haven Motel, responded to this review, September 5, 2013
Thanks for the very inspiring remarks. Your best impression of our motel was an indication that you have enjoyed your brief stay in our property and got full customer's satisfaction from the services offered by our staff, which is our business vision and mission. The Management expects that in your next visit to CA, you, your family and friends will never forget to book at Rest Haven Motel, the only motel that has the modest accommodations in the city at a fair and affordable price. You will never regret having booked at Rest Haven Motel because you will enjoy exceptional services from our courteous and friendly personnel from day 1 until your check out. Have an awesome day.
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Property: Rest Haven Motel
Address: 815 Grant St, Santa Monica, CA 90405-1311
Location: United States > California > Santa Monica > Santa Monica
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#16 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Monica
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
*All request, including room type, are non-guaranteed and shall be honored depending on availability at check-in.* We are a small and basic motel. To noise sensitive; we are behind the Jack in the Box(fastfood chain) and the night Bar name TriP. Welcome to Rest Haven Motel, Santa Monica !!! Feel good in this neighborhood if you would! This is an economy motel conveniently located in Lincoln Blvd and Grant Street just 20 minutes walk to the Third Street Promenade in downtown Santa Monica and the famous Santa Monica Pier where fun and enjoyment can be had beyond compare. The place is quite accessible to many other favorite tourists' haunts known the world over like Venice Beach, Malibu, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Universal Studio, Disneyland, and more which makes every stay a pleasure. Built in 1938..."A marvelous experience"... ... more   less 
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