We had the pleasure to stay at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel for a total of 6 nights in July 2012 during our extensive west-coast trip. We arrived directly from Las Vegas and having stayed there at the Mandarin Oriental I was little bit afraid about what to expect from the Loews. First of all I have to admit that in terms of service-attitude and friendliness the Loews deserves a decent 5 star rating. Everybody was very friendly, attentive and helpful. A minor issue regarding a room change was handled very professional and to my satisfaction. But keep in mind that the Loews Santa Monica is definitely not a "luxury" or "grand hotel". In my opinion it is a decent 4 star beach hotel. Therefore I have to say that the location right on Muscle Beach and Santa Monica Pier is terrific. In terms of the rooms you should not expect to much. The rooms are clean and decent, not more and not less. Housekeeping did a great job to clean and remake the room. Nevertheless you will notice the "heavy turnover" in the guest rooms. Since the good rooms are seldom unsold you will notice spots and stains as well as dents in the wall. I would absolutely recommend a room facing either the pool or the Pacific Ocean and Santa Monica Pier. With the pool-view rooms you will have at least partial sea-view. If you end up in a cheaper room facing either Ocean Avenue or the narrow alleys around the sides this hotel "sucks"! But be prepared to pay "big bucks" for theses premium rooms. Needles to say that the Mandarin in Las Vegas was much cheaper than the rate we payed at the Loews. Valet parking (36$) and breakfast easily ad some additional 100 $ per night. Be prepared for this and enjoy the beach and the atmosphere or score a good deal on the room rates.
- 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