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Bayside Hotel
Ranked #23 of 36 Hotels in Santa Monica
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15 reviews
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“Great location”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

This hotel was close to the ocean, and had modern furnishings. It is within walking distance to the amusement park on the beach, to stores and restaurants. However, it was a bit noisy as people tend to party in the courtyard in the evenings, and so you get to sleep when they leave. In the morning there were beer bottles and cigarette butts everywhere in the courtyard from the party the night before. Wifi didn't connect and our king size bed was way too soft, and uncomfortable.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

This was the cheapest hotel I could find in Santa Monica at short notice, in a convenient location. I had their last room. My cab fare from LAX was $57 and it took about 30 minutes. For self drive it is very easy to find from Interstate 10. Head south for one block on Ocean Avenue and where the road forks, go right and the hotel is on the left virtually unmarked. You'll just see a sign saying Reception. Drive past and then pull a U turn to get into the area in front of the hotel.

You are literally across a quiet street from the path down to the beach - and it is a fantastic beach. You are also only a couple of hundred yards from the Santa Monica pier and 15 minutes walk from Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place shopping area.

It is like a motel in that the room doors open to the outside. Nice when it is sunny. My room was compact, but it was clean and everything worked. There was a flat screen TV, microwave, coffee maker, iron and ironing board, ceiling fan and aircon. There was also a desk to work at.

The three reception staff I dealt with were friendly and helpful. There is loads of information to help tourists and I was given a very helpful map.

Room Tip: If I was on vacation I'd specify a beach view room with a balcony.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars
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San Francisco, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

Lovely location. That being said the pictures in brochure and website make the rooms look much nicer than the reality. Poor quality linens and towels. And GROSS bathroom. Bright, almost neon pink and baby blue tile... the colors would be tolerable , but the dirt, mold and chipped caulking were off putting and grungy. I think for comparable $$ there are other places to stay in Santa Monica. Would forgo the location for a nicer room environment. Also $17 for parking. Street park, there are restrictions, but wake up at 7 and just move your car across the street and you would be fine. Just pay attention to the restricted times.

Room Tip: No recommendations, they paint a picture of amenities that are not what they appear to be.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

Had to stay here as we arrived in town late. $300 for on tiny room located on the bottom floor right next to car park. Wifi didn't work, bathroom wasn't too clean, staff were quiet unhelpful.
Th bed was really comfy, but that's about it

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Nicole D
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

i was a bit dissappointed in this hotel but there is nothing they can do to change that ... i think its just me!!
We arrived very late and it wa a bit too dark and scary for me!! They said they had no parking for the night (but we could in the morning) so we had to park on the road, lots of homeless people but from being in California for 2 weeks ou start to not notice them.
The room was.... a room!! small and cramped!! Im not going to talk about the shower but good job the sea is near by for a wash!!
The proplem we found was that all hotels in SM are SOOOOOO expensive so this is all you are left with.
he man on reception was nice and its a great location was SM to your right and very close to the pier and all the shops.
Im not sure i would come back but with the prices of al lthe other hotels, im not sure you are left with much choice!!!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Kirsten B
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South Florida, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

Lovely hotel great location but...
Realizing location is prime, would have given a better rating except the fact that we got to the hotel and we could not check in until the room was cleaned- we arrived approximately 5pm and waited until after 6pm... for a beach side resort not acceptable. For this we were given two bottles of water "on the house"... Really?!
the wifi is really weak, had to go outside the room to use.
There were pluses to the hotel, but this unfortunately negates the good things the hotel has to offer.
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Room Tip: I would certainly ask about the check in time and if you don't choose parking, will have to park...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Newport Beach, California, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

Danger! Do Not waste your time or $ on this dump. The website photos are anything but what it actually looks like. It should be called Motel Hell. I arrived at 6pm to check in on a Saturday night and there was no employee working at the check in area, doors were locked and no one picked up my 20 phone calls. I waited at least half hour for someone to show up which they never did. Really? No one to check me in. The tiny parking area was horrendous and there were homeless people walking around the area. I called back the next day and the employee said I was lying that no one was there to check me in and was extremely unprofessional. End of story-horrible experience.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Bayside Hotel
Address: 2001 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405-1011
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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