Although $75 a night doesn't seem cheap, it's the lowest you can get in the Santa Monica/Venice Beach area, which is where all the fun and nightlife is (especially Abbot Kinney, a hipster bar/restaurant strip in Venice). Anything cheaper will be a 30 minute drive away on freeways in (more dangerous) South Central LA. The place is quite run down, and while it was clean enough, the shower and bathroom were pathetically tiny, as were the rooms. We were upgraded to a 3 person room, even though we were only 2. It was still tiny. Matching sheets would have been nice. The sheets seemed clean, although the comforter was old and looked like it could have standed a wash.
The tiny motel complex is like a big, skinny, U-shape, with a courtyard in between. At first glance, the courtyard looks run down and could clearly use a new paint job, but it grows on you in a bohemian/romantic kind of way after awhile. There's plenty of glass tables, mix and match chairs, loads of plants artfully placed (in the cheapest way) here and there. You can smoke and eat out there, as well as use the internet.
The motel caters to a lot of homeless families (they get vouchers from the Salvation Army to stay for a bit), but don't mind, they are generally nice, friendly people, people with children in tow, and the hotel keeps a watchful eye over them (takes no BS).
It's also in a SAFE neighborhood, and has free parking. And the location for the price can't be beat- a 5 minute drive (there's a bus too) to downtown Santa Monica outdoor mall, or the beach.
The staff is very friendly, charismatic, and offers free maps of the area.
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- Also Known As:
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- Pavilions Hotel Santa Monica