We used to live a few blocks from the Loews, so we knew this is where we wanted to stay. Easy to walk to 3rd Street Promenade, Main Street, the Pier, and really easy access to PCH and I-10. Some people have complained that this is not really on the beach, but from the 1st Floor entrance/exit, it's literally a small parking lot away. If you can see the sand from the door (which you can), that works for me.
Good views, too, and both the pool area and lobby area are superb places for a cocktail and a view.
The rooms were reasonably comfortable - not incredibly plush, but nothing to really complain about. You could hear doors slamming in neighboring rooms.
The people who cleaned the room also left their cleaning rags in our room, which was fine, but they left them on top of our luggage, which was not. Other than that, service was just fine, especially the valet team.
For the price, you might expect luxury, which the Loews isn't - but you do get a great hotel with good amenities and nothing to complain about.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on the Pacific Ocean with the thriving Santa Monica city on one side and the sands of legendary Muscle Beach on the other, the Four-Diamond Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel is a beachfront retreat offering dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean and beyond. Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel has become the first luxury hotel in Santa Monica to receive the Santa Monica Green Business Certification. Offered through a partnership between The City of Santa Monica, Santa Monica Convention and Visitors Bureau, Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce and Sustainable Works, the certification program honors businesses that have taken measurable steps to incorporate sustainable practices into their operations. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Ocean & Vine offers the option to dine fireside or outdoors on a spacious patio while enjoying breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and world-famous Santa Monica Pier. Ocean & Vine's contemporary California farm-to-table cuisine showcases thoughtful interpretations of the familiar favorites. Recently named one of the "Best Hotel Spas" by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler for the second year in a row, Ocean Spa & Fitness offers an array of supremely-relaxing services. From Heated Lava Shell massages to age-defying facials, the eco-friendly Ocean Spa will keep you feeling relaxed...Naturally. An expansive fitness center features state-of-the-art cardio equipment with iPod docking stations and personal televisions. Guests may also take advantage of the full service salon. World-class biking, surfing, dining and shopping are right outside the hotel's door. Offering convenient access to everything Santa Monica has to offer, the hotel is just blocks away from the Santa Monica Pier, Third Street Promenade and the new Santa Monica Place mall. Muscle Beach's 26-mile paved strand offers the ideal setting to bike or blade. Santa Monica also boasts rich cultural history with an abundance of museums and theaters. Working with one of the hotel's Les Clefs d'Or certified Concierges puts all this and more at each guest's fingertips. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Santa Monica Loews