As other reviews have stated, the location really makes the Bayside Hotel. It's right across from the beach and park it was also well located to some great shopping and cafe areas (Santa Monica Place and Main St are all within walking distance). The bikes at the hotel are priced reasonably and offer a fun way to see Venice Beach.
We chose a 'King with garden view' - got the king happily enough but the view was the carpark! Ultimately it wasn't a big deal as we only returned to the hotel to sleep so no view was necessary. The room size was great and the bed was very comfortable. The fridge was stocked and for once not one of those 'charge immediately upon taking out' ones so we could put our own drinks in. The bathroom is dated but does the job. We did hear the people above us on occasion but overall, for the location, we were surprised at how quiet it was overnight. There is also an in room safe and beach towels were provided.
The WIFI access was terrible if you weren't in the garden or out near the lobby; this was really the only issue we had. But again it was manageable and the inner garden was a nice spot to sit.
Parking is charged ($17US/day) but it's convenient and upon check out we could leave it there until we had to use it; the hotel was very accommodating.
Over all if you want to have a good location to enjoy the beach and relaxed outdoor lifestyle of Santa Monica then this is a good choice. We noted many of the other 'best rated' hotels were very close by so the only real advantage of choosing them over Bayside would be their 'modern' appearance/decor. If you're happy with a bit of retro feel that's clean and cheerful then look no further.
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- Also Known As:
- Bayside Santa Monica
- Bayside Hotel Santa Monica