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“Most charming motel in Santa Monica!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Palm Motel
Ranked #33 of 36 Hotels in Santa Monica
Los Angeles, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Most charming motel in Santa Monica!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2013

I have travelled a lot around the world and Palm Motel in Santa Monica is my favourite motel ever! I have stayed in this charming motel several times over the last four years, I always go back to this place every time I am in Santa Monica.
It is a charming motel in a beautiful setting with fresh flowers in the garden, excellent service and clean big and spacious rooms at a perfect location, close to beach and Santa Monica shopping. I have stayed at Palm Motel both with friends and alone, the place is suitable for both families, groups and single travellers and the staff and owner are always very helpful, I always feel 'at home' and safe there.
I recommend this motel highly!!!!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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San Diego, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2012

This place is a great deal, comfortable and clean. From the beginning it was an extremely positive experience, from the rooms to the gentleman who owns the place the motel was warm and inviting. I highly recommend it, anyone that says otherwise is crazy!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Wcrear
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2012

This place, while somewhat charming on the outside, painted in bright blue, bright red and white with funky painted five-gallon cans filled with shrubs and stuff, IS A DUMP!! Our room had a bed (ok but not great), a bed-side table that was falling apart, a chest with the fronts of all the drawers falling off. Nothing else; not even a chair. The bath room was tiny and had no place to put anything. The floor was linoleum. The door to the room had only a cheap door knob lock that didn't work and no security device or lock. IT IS THE PITS!! Stay here only if it is the only available hotel within 100 miles.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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10 Thank Jack B
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Room Tip: Try to find one somewhere well lit and closest to the exit so you don't have to smell the funk.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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New York
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2007

Clean and tended to daily by maidservice. Appropriate help from owner and manager on parking, noise levels etc. given the regular inflow of young European travelers. Would recommend and will return. Busy Pico but mellow suburbs just block away.

Stayed September 2007
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3 Thank dampierNewYork
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Anchorage, Alaska
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2006

The motel was mostly clean and fairly well kept for it's age. There seemed to be a lot of live-ins on site. The major problem I had with this hotel was the couple next door fighting at midnight and someone else locking their teenager out of the room who then proceeded to bang on the door quite loudly. Noise moved around the motel easily and if you are a light sleeper you will not get much rest.

  • Stayed May 2006
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Joeywow
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2006

When we checked in, the queen we had reserved was not ready yet, so we were given a king at no extra charge. Although the Fodor's description says non smoking, there were ash trays in the room, and the smell of smoke. The freshly painted room had a bed, dresser, and 2 plastic lawn chairs. The bed was the hardest we'd ever slept on, too hard to be comfortable. The bathroom floor was nicely tiled, and the sink and toilet looked relatively new. When I tried to use the shower, the hot water came out, but turning the cold water knob produced no cold water. After some twisting, we were able to use the cold water. There was very little water pressure. The room was generally clean, but the blinds were very dirty. Motel is at a busy intersection, so expect some traffic noise. It is 14 non-scenic blocks from the beach. We had a car, so it was a quick 5 min. ride to the beach parking lot. We knew this was a budget motel, so we weren't expecting anything fancy, but we were disappointed. A comfortable bed and decent shower are manditory.

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Property: Palm Motel
Address: 2020 14th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405-1602
Location: United States > California > Santa Monica > Santa Monica
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Ranked #33 of 36 Hotels in Santa Monica
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Palm Motel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 26
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