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“Perfect location; welcome to Santa Monica!” 4 of 5 stars
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Bayside Hotel
Ranked #23 of 34 Hotels in Santa Monica
London, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
59 hotel reviews
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“Perfect location; welcome to Santa Monica!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

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.

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

Got to St. Monica with no reservation, looked around for a moderate priced hotel, we found it.
Location is perfect just on the shore, we loved the all white room. And provided us wifi service. The staff was friendly and the check out was easy. parking space available for a fee.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Norwalk, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

Perfectly located, clean and comfortable. Yes some things could use improvement like updating the bathrooms but if you are satisfied with a clean comfortable place at a good price...this is it! The beds are super comfy and have duvets. There is a fridge stocked with drinks at a cost and a basket filled with snacks also at a cost. Coffee maker, I home dock alarm clock and flat screen tv. No pool but a nice little area to catch some rays on a lounge.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

We stayed for a single evening at the Bayside Hotel in April 2013. The hotel is located very close to the beach however the majority of the rooms actually face inwards to the back of an apartment block so you do not get a chance to take advantage of the view from your room.

The rooms themselves were very and serviceable if not a little cramped feeling.

We did feel that the pricing for this hotel was a little expensive for what you got in the room, however i suspect you are paying for being so close to the beach front.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

I would highly recommend this hotel for a stay in Santa Monica. The staff is helpful. They took care of you car and parking lot. The room was really pretty, on the second floor with sea view. You have frozen pizza in the fridge in case you are starving from you filght when you arrive :)
You can rent bike. The surf beach is just in front of the hotel.
Dolphins are swimming in front of the surfeurs!
You can find lost of places for breakfast, lunch and diner. Main street has great cafes.
We went to Blueplate and Oysterette restaurant for diner. Osyters and fishes were really good, we were seating next to Gwyneth Paltrow!
Try the parfait or the lemon tart.
Overall great stay.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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montevideo, uruguay
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73 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

We had a great stay. The hotel in located in front of Santa Monica Beach and walking distance to the Promenade and various cafés and design stores at Main St.
The service is basic, there is no breakfast, and the reception is basic too, but the room is comfortable and clean.

If you are looking for a hotel under USD 150, this is a great choice. Just expect a comfortable and clean room and a nice location, Santa Monica will do the rest!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

This hotel was just up re hill from the beach (min walk) amazing views .. Walking distance to the shops and night life (about a 7-10 min walk ish) perfectly fine in the day light a little sketchy at night but the actual hotel is not sketchy at all. One thing to mention is the shower head is extremely low so if your above 5'2" you'll probably be a little uncomfortable, I'm 5'1" so I was just fine. Also parking was $17 per day which I thought was a little pricy but could very well be the norm in this area. Lastly cell phone service is almost non existent in the rooms. All in all satisfied with the place!

  • Stayed February 2013
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Property: Bayside Hotel
Address: 2001 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Location: United States > California > Santa Monica > Santa Monica
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
#13 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Monica
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:2 star — Bayside Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 45
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