Used some Southwest Rapid Rewards points to get a free night prior to the L.A. Marathon (wanted to be close to the shuttles leaving for Dodger stadium at Santa Monica Civic Center nearby).
The idea was that I'd get a good night sleep away from my family (8 month old baby at home - yes, I have an awesome wife!).
The room was about what I expected: clean, super comfy bed, flat screen TV, outside sitting area across from the beach. Pretty nice and the price was right. Valet however, was not included - $34 per day. Didn't have any issues retrieving my car (the valet service operates 24 hours a day).
For dinner, I ordered from the onsite room service a pasta dish with vegetables and chicken - it was fine, but felt it's a bit overpriced for what it was -- but again, consider the brand and location -- you're paying for that. There was a small bottle of Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon in the room - couldn't resist having that - but know that in room vending is expensive -- that little bottle cost me $56! The flipside to all this is that I brought my own food for breakfast and coffee (I'm superstitious about my pre-run coffee ritual). Microwaves are not in the rooms, but can be brought to your room and cost nothing - just request this at checkin, or call and add the note to your reservation).
I wasn't here long and didn't use the pool or anything like that but I'm sure those facilities are nice. I've eaten at Ocean and Vine, the onsite restaurant, so I already knew I'd like the hotel's ambiance and location. I checked my employer's corporate Amex travel booking site and this room would have cost $350/night + taxes/fees - pretty expensive, but if you want a location right in Santa Monica, on the beach, within walking distance of the SM Promenade, this would be an excellent choice.
- 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