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Best Western Plus Gateway Hotel Santa Monica
Ranked #17 of 36 Hotels in Santa Monica
Southampton, United Kingdom
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“Clean, Modern Hotel”
Reviewed June 5, 2012

Spent one night here on trip from San Francisco to San Diego. Hotel is clean and modern - the bathroom being unexpectedly luxurious. There is a sun deck on the roof which provides good views of the City. There is no restaurant or bar on site although there is a basic diner next door. The hotel provides a courtesy shuttle to downtown which is about 16 blocks away although it is walkable in about 20 mins and felt completely safe to wander adjoining neighbourhoods.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 5, 2012

This hotel was just average in terms of ammenities. My issue is that they did not dislose the final price to me - taxes included. I did ask what the total charge would be as I was booking a non-refundable, advance purchase rate. The email confirmation I received matched what I was told on the phone. Not until I checked-in, through conversation, did I find out an additional amount was billed to me because of taxes. I've never heard of a hotel not telling you the total price - especially a non-refundable one. I find this deceptive and I am very disappointed with Best Western Reservations for this.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 4, 2012

We stayed here for two nights before embarking on a two week trip along the Pacific Coast highway. The hotel is functional, the room we had was reasonably well equipped, but it was nothing more than a place to rest our weary heads at night. The fixtures and fittings are rather tired looking and the hotel could do with a refurbishment. It's difficult to know why the hotel is situated where it is, twenty blocks (just over a mile), from downtown Santa Monica, a little further to the beaches, - it sits in a bit of an urban wasteland. Fine for a one or maybe two night stay after coming off a long haul plane into Los Angeles but not recommended, and probably not intended to be, for a vacation stay

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 17, 2012

This was the hotel we stayed at after arriving in LA after an 11 hour flight. We collapsed into bed once we arrived and we found the king size bed to be a great way to recover! The hotel was a bit isolated with the nearest tourist area being santa monica pier, at least 10mins away on bus. Overall the hotel was exactly what we needed for touring around LA for a couple of days. The hotel advertised a 20% off promotion with the IHOP restaurant next door, but on arrival we were told it did not apply for breakfast which was the only meal we would consider eating at the hotel.

  • Stayed May 2012
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Fort Lauderdale
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Reviewed May 14, 2012

I felt like this hotel was a little over priced for what it was. However it was in a great location and there was an ihop right next door!

Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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Essex
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Reviewed May 10, 2012

My daugher and me stayed at this hotel and felt safe. The rooms are basic and very clean. It was reasonable price given the area. Staff were always friendly and willing to help. No bed bugs - clean. Good location near beach, busing and many restaurants.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed May 7, 2012

The carpeted floor of our room was incredibly sticky. It had everything you could need in the room however we would not stay there again. The location is in the middle of nowhere and without a car it is difficult to get around. The walls are thin and you can hear what everyone else is doing in the rooms opposite and next door.
Not a great place to stay.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Best Western Plus Gateway Hotel Santa Monica

Property: Best Western Plus Gateway Hotel Santa Monica
Address: 1920 Santa Monica Boulevard, 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:2.5 star — Best Western Plus Gateway Hotel Santa Monica 2.5*
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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