We'd booked this hotel as a slightly downmarket wind down after a business trip and didn't have that high expectations, but I have to say it was perfect: quiet, free wifi (unlike the business hotels!), very knowledgeable staff eager to help and even a discount on the attached IHOP (International House of Pancakes, although the only international element seemed to be the staff as the menu was the usual American comfort food).
It also represented excellent value for money - perhaps because it's 20 blocks from the ocean, which take 30-40 minutes to walk with lots of pauses for traffic lights. That said, there's a public bus every ten minutes for only a dollar and a complimentary bus provided by the hotel on the hour (although they suggest a dollar tip, so I'd go for the public bus). The room had a large fridge and almost as large TV with pay on demand films (many at just $5).
This is a great mid-range, mid-location hotel, although it doesn't have a swimming pool it does have a sun terrace. Only downside perhaps is there's not a lot of restaurant choice other than the IHOP and the excellent Bistro of Santa Monica (well worth a visit), but there's oddles of places downtown. There's parking if you have a car too.More
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking