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Gateway Hotel Santa Monica
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Reviewed April 19, 2013

My wife and I have stayed at this hotel many times when visiting Santa Monica and LA. We have also stayed at other more upscale properties. For $150 US to $180 , you would be hard-pressed to do better. First, the location on Santa Monica Boulevard is central in the following ways: a taxi ride from LAX airport is $25 to $40 depending on the taxi company. The Promenade ( popular shopping area ) , the beach, and the Santa Monica Pier are all a short ride west. The hotel has a free shuttle. By the way, free hotel self parking ia available underground. Spaces are tight, but abundant. We like staying here more than the beach area because of the easy walking to restaurants, variety stores and banking, etc. all on Wilshire Blvd. a block away. Top it off with an I-Hop for breakfast connected to the hotel.
The hotel has always been very clean. The rooms are basic. Flat screen TV, coffee maker, shower/tub, decent bathroom counter space. Can be noisy, especially during film festivals and such. Try to get an upper floor AWAY from Santa Monica Blvd. lobby with computer access, free in room Wi-Fi. Walk 3 or 4 blocks west on Santa Monica Blvd to DK donuts and find out why the locals line up there in the AM.
A short ride North is Montana Blvd., the Rodeo Drive of Santa Monica. Good for celebrity sighting and window shopping.Have lunch at a sidewalk cafe. Reasonable prices.
15 min North on Pacific Coast Highway is Malibu. Another great celeb sighting area. If the weather is warm, do not miss Venice Beach to the south. Again, a short drive away, and maybe the best definition of LA LA LAND.
A couple of famous, vintage guitar shops in the area, for those interested. Search on the Internet, is all I will say!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank meanguitar
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

This was easy to find and a mile or two from all the places we wanted to go to. If you think you're going to walk to anything though you are mistaken. Once in for the night we stayed put. I understand there was a shuttle from tripadvisor, but didn't find that info at the hotel.Probably could of walked to 3rd street, but with 2 teen girls at night I wasn't sure. Parking underground free and room was nice and clean. My daughters would of loved a pool or something besides wifi and tv, but it was fine. For breakfast we usually don't care for IHOP but it was the only place nearby and the food and service were good and we enjoyed it, so I actaully am glad I gave it a try. Coffee machine in the room too. All in all, it fit our needs but provided nothing extra. For under $200 in this area it was reasonable and the desk staff was friendly and check-in and out easy. Not much else to add as the reviews here were spot on.

Room Tip: Stayed on top floor - probably less noisy and previous reviewer mentioned.
  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Barbara W
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Reviewed April 3, 2013

Great location for walking access to the 3rd street Promenade. IHOP in the hotel is convenient. Underground parking is convenient. Rooms are large. Bathroom is large. Great service from hotel staff. We were in a room on the connector over the lobby area, room 214 - avoid.

Room Tip: we were in a room on the connection (214) over lobby area. Avoid, a little noisy.
  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank Perseverance
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Reviewed April 3, 2013

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

We initially planned to stay here for two nights, but quickly realized there is nothing exciting within walking distance. For some reason I thought this place was closer to the beach after doing my research. I was wrong. The hotel itself is average - to below average. The staff was very nice, and parking is included. Certainly not the worst hotel ever but I was expecting more. It seems that with Best Western's you never seem to know what you are going to get. We ended up staying for one night instead of two, and checked into a hotel closer to the beach. The room was not dirty, but just seemed old. I would not recommend this hotel for any sort of a vacation type visit.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Reg D
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