In our SoCal trip in February we spent two nights at the Channel Road Inn. A great choice. The hotel sits in the shallow Channel Road canyon, just below the Santa Monica bluff adjacent to the hillsides of Pacific Palisades and about a block from the beach. The building was once an architecturally distinct two story, shingled residence in the old neighborhood atop the Santa Monica bluff. It was removed from it's bluff top neighborhood over forty years ago to its present site in the canyon where it was purchased and remodeled into a B&B after its owner / movers failed to complete it as a residence. The result is a pleasant B & B that retains a few features of the original house.
Our room was an informal and quite unique arrangement on the ground floor which included a main bedroom with a king bed, a large bathroom with a generous tub and shower, and a smaller sleeping room with a single bed which also functioned as a wide couch. The managers told us some couples use the small room for children. Some as an alternative sleeping space in the event one partner/spouse wants to read until late into the night. My wife used it as a dressing room, a great use! Both the sleeping room and the dressing room had doors opening to paths connecting to the parking area, a great benefit when unloading bags. The room was quiet with no street or adjacent noises. The tub/shower options were very good with shower head multiple shower head settings, and a relaxing tub length. The room maintenance was excellent. We regret were not able to see any upstairs rooms, the hotel was full.
The breakfast selection included a variety of cereals, yogurt, fruit, baked eggs in a casserole, breads and pastries, all very fresh. Plenty of choices for the cholesterol challenged. The afternoon wine service, a very good Chardonnay with a variety of cheese, crackers and olives during our stay, was likewise enjoyable.
Santa Monica proper is up the bluff from the Channel Road canyon. You can walk Channel Road to the east a few blocks to a set of stairs on the opposite side of the street that will take you up the bluff to 4th. Street, a residential main street in Santa Monica. Once up there, walk a few blocks south and turn east to 7th street, the western edge of downtown. From there, the shops and restaurants of Santa Monica proceed west. If you want to look for a dinner spot near the Channel Road Inn, the management will gladly supply you with a list of what's nearby (there are some good choices), and call the restaurant of your choice to make a reservation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Channel Road Inn was recently ranked as top bed and breakfast in Los Angeles by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine as well as Travel and Leisure Magazine and is located in the seaside community of Santa Monica. With many rooms boasting fireplaces, jetted spa tubs and peeks of the ocean, this charming and finely crafted historic inn offers visitors to the Los Angeles area a relaxing haven by the sea. Guests enjoy the fabulous complimentary amenities including a bountiful breakfast and afternoon wine and hors d'oeuvres.This Four Sisters Inn blends the modern luxuries and sophisticated services of a boutique hotel with the traditional amenities and architecture of a B & B. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Channel Road Inn - a 4 Sisters Inn
- Channel Road Inn - a Four Sisters Hotel Santa Monica