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“Average city hotel, no surprises”

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Best Western Plus Gateway Hotel Santa Monica
Ranked #18 of 36 Hotels in Santa Monica
Reviewed July 23, 2013

The Best Western Plus in Santa Monica is your average Best Western city hotel. It's quite far from the beach (20 blocks) but there's a bus stop right outside the hotel. The parking at the hotel is free for guests which is great. We were given a room with a connecting door despite the fact that the staff knew we were on our honeymoon. The people next to us were quite loud (or the walls very thin) so that sleep didn't come easy.
The room was spacious and clean, though, and the bathroom, too.
We didn't have breakfast included but ate at the ihop next door which was very good but a little pricey.
Overall, you don't get any bad surprises here (but no good ones either, I guess).

Room Tip: Make sure you don't get a room with connecting doors - very loud!
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

Stayed here for four nights. Rooms were always very well cleaned and the complimentary coffee always re stocked. The room also had a fridge which was great. Hotel staff were very friendly and the front desk was very helpful with all the queries we had. The wifi in the rooms wasn't great but the two computers in the lobby were free to use which was very good.

In terms of location the hotel has a Ihop attached to it and we had breakfast here most mornings. There is also a 7eleven and a donut shop within 5 minutes walk which was handy. We walked to the beach 3 or 4 times and it took us around 20/25 minutes. There isnt much to see or do on the walk until you get down to third street. However the hotel does over a free shuttle service to the beach which works very well and goes on the hour. It will also pick you up.

We used the hop on hop off bus tour to get around LA and the only thing with this hotel is that the stops for this are a 15 minute walk away on either side.

Other than that we couldn't fault the hotel as it offered everything we wanted.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank ashleyhooper
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

Stayed here overnight. Rooms are very clean. Staff were all very friendly and informative. Ihop next door was good for breakfast. Took a short taxi ride to 3rd promenade. Would recommend for a short stay - no complaints

Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

Rooms are dingy, the hallways are dark,narrow and the carpet was filthy, patched and needed to be replaced. The building had sprinklers but I did not feel safe .We paid more than the room was worth. we had to vacate the room before we could use it because the room was not pre-cooled. The card reader on the door did not work and we had to make 2 trips back to the front desk.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Dalbert H
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

Stayed in quite a few BW+ on our road trips and this was the least impressive. OLD hotel, room had an odor, no POOL if you have kids, downtown and the restaurant is an IHOP! Staff was great and their recommendation for tour was very good. We opted to cut the 3 day stay to 2 days and move on down the road to a hotel on the beach.

Room Tip: We got an upgrade to the 4th floor, was not impressed, view of alley and garbage cans.
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

This is a modern clean hotel offering free wifi and more importantly free parking. It is situated in Santa Monica but you will have to drive to downtown and the beach(however plenty of cheap parking downtown). Rooms are large with a comfortable bed and facilities such as a fridge which is great when travelling. Only downside I had was our room had an interconnecting door that was paper thin, we could hear every word next door said.

Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

stayed three nights at hotel a little bite out dated but very comfortable and the staff very helpful and friendly bus outside the door to 3rd st promenade and beach for 1$ good value if not a shuttle every hour from hotel enjoyed our stay.

Room Tip: lower rooms tend to be a little bit noise
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about 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: $217 - $291 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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