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“Cheap and Cheerful lodging in Santa Monica!”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Rest Haven Motel

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Rest Haven Motel
Ranked #32 of 36 Hotels in Santa Monica
London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Cheap and Cheerful lodging in Santa Monica!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2014

I booked this motel after reading reviews on trip advisor. We were looking for an inexpensive option in Santa Monica for 2 adults and a teenager.
We arrived at about 2pm and booked in at the little booking in window-we were allocated room number 4 on the front of the hotel.
The room was split into a main and smaller room with a separate bathroom. 1 double bed and 2 singles round the corner in the a joining room.
It was clean throughout and had a safe, fridge, TV and wireless internet. There was no AC but there were 3 fans that kept the room cool.
There were also plenty of towels and toiletries.
The motel is directly opposite a Jack in a Box drive through. I notice that some reviews have mentioned the noise/smell from the drive through- we didn't notice this- returning from an evening out in Santa Monica at about 11pm and sleeping through undisturbed until morning.

The motel is a 10 or brisk 5 minutes walk from the beach front. The area seemed perfectly safe to me although we did catch a taxi for $5 from the pier in the evening back to the motel.
Anybody booking here should be aware that this in an old style motel, the rooms are clean, the facilities good but everything is not immaculate and brand new like in some modern resort hotels- you are getting what you pay for; $117 for 3 people in Santa Monica is pretty good going in my opinion.

The owner and staff where friendly and helpful.

I would stop here again without any hesitation.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I stayed here and at first we were a little worried by the location but it turned out to be such a cute little place!! Our room was very clean with a very comfortable space and bed, the grounds and building were well maintained, and the staff was very friendly, helpful, and knew a lot about the area. Only a 10 minute walk to the beach and additional 5 down the boardwalk to the Santa Monica pier. We would definitely stay here again!!!

Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank RoseMonroe
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Melbourne, Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2014 via mobile

I usually don't like to put bad reviews but this place was horrid. The location is just off a busy street behind a 'jack in the box' all we could hear was the constant drive though service and traffic.
I complained about the room smelling of smoke and was told its because all the homeless people are smoking dope near the rooms that's why it's so smelly, and yes there were a lot of homeless people nearby!
The office is serviced though a little window, it seems even the staff are to scared to go outside.
The room is small but ok, the shower us probably bigger than the room.

Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Leona C
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resthavenmotel, General Manager at Rest Haven Motel, responded to this review, June 7, 2014
We are a non-smoking motel and there was no smell of smoking in the room. Our dear guest was sensitive. Told her we will give her a refund for - 2nd day if she wants to check out but still she decided to stay for the second night which made us very surprised. Have a great day.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2014

This was our first place to stay on our trip. We arrived late due to our flight but the lady who greeted us was lovely. The rooms were basic but clean and did everything you needed. The motel was a few blocks away from the beach/shops but it was a good base. We had a car and it had easy parking too. Would recommend to anyone :)

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kingsbridge, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2014 via mobile

We were only staying in Santa Monica for 1 night and this small basic motel served that purpose. The manager allowed us to check in a couple of hours early which was helpful. 5-6 min drive from beach front and a little further to main shopping/eating area. Room was ok but bathroom was small and shower didn't work well.

Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Ben H
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2014

My husband and I were travelling and just needed somewhere to crash our head for the night while in LA. Although you just have to take Rest Haven for what it was, cheap and cosy and a place to rest your head. The room was very small, and the bed was even smaller. My husband's feet hung off the end, it was a very small double which was very snug! A bigger harder bed would have been nice and perhaps tea & coffee making facilities would be something to consider? Overall very clean and tidy and we just had to remind ourselves it was only a place to sleep. And I'm certainly glad we were in the rooms around the back, away from Jack in the Box.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Stockton, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2014

When you see the beautiful photo [in most of the on line booking services] of the exterior of the property covered in vibrant shrubs it looks serene. At first I was a bit put off by the fact that that cute photo was taken from the vantage point of standing in the Jack- in- the- Box drive-thru. Literally. However, I was nicely surprised when we went to the rooms in the back area next to the cute garden courtyard. I suspect that the back rooms are inherently quieter than those in front. Do not expect a glamorous room. All was clean, and all functioned well. The price is about 1/3 to 1/2 of what you would pay in this area. Each day we were able to walk the 8 or 9 blocks to the beach in Santa Monica. We like to walk and we like to go to the beach. Do not expect glamor, but the room had all of the necessaries, including a safe. The price was right and the staff was great and the rooms are clean.

Room Tip: Stick to the rooms in the back, away from the drive-thru. Walk to the beach.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank Jeff W
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Additional Information about Rest Haven Motel

Property: Rest Haven Motel
Address: 815 Grant Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Location: United States > California > Santa Monica > Santa Monica
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#18 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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