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“Great value stay in Santa Monica!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Best Western Plus Gateway Hotel Santa Monica

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Best Western Plus Gateway Hotel Santa Monica
Ranked #16 of 36 Hotels in Santa Monica
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Philly, PA
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23 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Great value stay in Santa Monica!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2011

We chose to stay at this hotel prior to beginning our trip to Australia. We arrived early (before noon) since we had an early flight out of philly, but were lucky to get access to our room immediately. We also paid $69 for the 2nd day to have the room until 6pm (our flight wasn't until midnight). This was well worth it for another shower, and they gladly held our luggage while we went to dinner prior to leaving for the airport.

The room: nice size, comfortable king size bed with nice linens and pillows. Flat screen tv, easy chair, desk, good drawers and closet space. Bathroom had toilet/tub in one room and the sink was seperate in the hallway. Shower had good water pressure.

Location: This location worked out great for us. We took the free shuttle from the hotel to Santa Monica Place. From here you can walk to the beach, the pier, the promenade, anywhere really. Just call them up and they'll be around to pick you back up on the next 1/2 hour. There are a few restaurants that we walked to from the hotel (Wilshire Restaurant at 24th and Wilshire, Bread at Porridge at 23rd and Wilshire). There is a Whole Foods within walking distance as well. We took the bus one day to the Getty center, were able to walk the post office, very convenient location! I am very happy we chose here instead of spending over $200 for a room closer to the beach. Do stay here!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Sleep Quality
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San Diego
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4 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2011

We were able to check-in early which was important for my toddlers nap time. Location was close enough to shopping areas, but about $200 cheaper than some of the hotels close to the beach. Room looked fairly contemporary, not the old 80's looking cheesy interior that a lot of moderate priced hotels have. The hallway carpeting looks old and faded, and the elevators are in need of an upgrade, but the room was nice and everything worked fine. IHOP retaurant next door for easy food. Good value.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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28 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2011

Spent four fabulous nights in this Santa Monica hotel. We had a room on the fourth floor. The hotel was a bit farther from the beach than I would have preferred but for the price was worth the compromise. We did rent a vehicle but took one taxi ride back to the hotel from the promenade for less than $10. Free parking was a bonus. Amenties included a mini fridge, safe, usual bathroom amenties, coffee, iron and board. The rooms were well decorated and clean. Housekeeping and maintanance did a great job in keeping us comfortable and answering to our requests. We did not visit the ihop restaurant on site, a continental breakfast would have made this hotel a 10. The computers in the lobby were handy and the sundecks on our floor were a surprise. We did use the shuttle, found it convenient, easy and on time. Enjoyed our stay in Santa Monica and at the Best Western Plus, will defintely go back.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2011

We stayed here for 2 nights. There is a free hourly shuttle down to the pier and the local buses are pretty cheap for the return straight up Santa Monica boulevard $2 each. the hotel was fine it had the main facilities although no bar and an iHop for a restaurant - nevertheless, the staff were very friendly and helpful - no complaints.

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Perth, Australia
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58 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2011

We chose the Gateway Best Western based on location, price. Hotel does not provide breakfast but have free internet. It's an average hotel. Reasonably clean room. It's not too far away from the pier.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
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11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2011

Overall, hotel is new, comfortable, convenient and very well located. Really good value for the money.

Pros:
1. Location. Safe, easy to find and easy access to I-10.
2. Room size and sleep quality. Rooms are big, with a king size bed, comfortable mattress and high thread count sheets. I stayed at the 2nd floor and no noise was listened from the streets.
3. Wireless internet. Fast and reliable (including in the rooms).
4. Refrigerator. There is a refrigerator in the room, but you have to bring your own drinks. There are no drinks or food available for purchase.

Cons:
1. Distance to the beach. Although location is very good, you will find yourself a little far from the beach. I do not recommend this hotel if you are planning to walk to the beach daily.
2. Lack of a restaurant. There is only an iHop downstairs.
3. No safe box in the rooms.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank TM_Brazil
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2011

A mile or two from the action down by the pier (and along towards Venice), but there is an hourly complimentary shuttle bus.
So quiet it's boring, but there is nothing to complain about, it's just quietly efficient. No restaurant, but the IHOP (International House of Pancakes) is on the ground floor if bacon, eggs, waffles fruit and cream (on the same plate) is your thing. Otherwise head (diagonally) across the road to the cafe next to the Chemist where a breakfast burrito will keep you going untill dinner!
Prices vary, we paid £80/night in April, but it jumps to £125 in September - expensive for what it offers.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Best Western Plus Gateway Hotel Santa Monica
Address: 1920 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404-1909
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Location: United States > California > Santa Monica > Santa Monica
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#15 Business Hotel in Santa Monica
#16 Family Hotel in Santa Monica
#17 Romantic Hotel in Santa Monica
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Best Western Plus Gateway Hotel Santa Monica 3*
Number of rooms: 122
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel in Santa Monica's Beach Cities burgeoning neighborhood located on historic Route 66 and easy accessibility to all that Los Angeles has to offer! Mid-City Santa Monica The Gateway Hotel is located less than two miles from Santa Monica's beach side, The Santa Monica Pier and pedestrian friendly Third Street Promenade with an array of luxury shopping and dining all within walking distance. ... more   less 
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