We just returned from a 3-day weekend jaunt to L.A., and after weighing the pros and cons of a handful of moderately priced hotels here on tripadvisor, we settled on the Comfort Inn in Santa Monica – and I’m pleased to report we made the right decision!
If you’re in L.A. purely as a tourist, the location couldn’t be better, situated on Santa Monica Blvd. only a mile or so away from the beach, Santa Monica Pier, the popular 3rd St. Promenade shopping area, and access to the Pacific Coast Highway. Some people here have complained that it’s not within walking distance to these attractions – well, I guess that all depends on how much time you have, and how much you like walking. While we opted to drive the short distance down the street to these areas, had we had more time in the city, it would have been an easy walk there and back. There were also complaints about a lack of restaurants in the area – on the contrary, within only a block or so towards the ocean, I noticed an appealing looking Italian Bistro, a newish Thai restaurant, and for those who prefer, a liberal smattering of fast food restaurants and coffee shops (including the previously mentioned IHOP). If you point your car in the other direction, Santa Monica Blvd. will take you into the heart of Beverly Hills and Hollywood, with access to all major highways. Bottom line, absolutely no complaints about the location of this hotel.
From the moment we arrived, we were attended to by very friendly, helpful and accommodating front desk personnel, who assigned us a comfortably sized room with one king size and one queen size bed. (We were a party of three adults – this was perfect). And they don’t call this the “Comfort” Inn for nothing – these had to be, bar none, the most comfortable hotel beds I’ve ever slept in (and I’ve stayed in places as luxurious as the Four Seasons in the past). Just the right amount of firmness in both the mattresses and the many pillows provided. Slept like a dream!
Overall, the room was clean and well appointed with a mini-fridge and microwave, ironing board and iron. A bonus for my daughter and I was the HUGE bathroom which was well stocked with fluffy white linens, a built in hairdryer, and mirrors running the entire length of a very long counter.
While many hotels in this class offer variations of a complimentary breakfast (make your toast, yogurt, cold cereal, etc.) it’s been our experience that the Comfort Inn offers a little something extra – waffle irons and pre-measured batter to make your own (large) homemade Belgian waffles – delicious! After warm waffles topped with sliced banana and syrup, we were good to go for a busy day of shopping and sightseeing.
This hotel also offers an enclosed pool area – although we never made use of this facility during our stay, had we been there for a longer period, I’m sure we would have spent some down time chilling at an umbrella table or catching some sun on a lounge chair. The pool, while relatively small, appeared clean and well-maintained.
Plenty of free parking behind this hotel – we were even fortunate that our room was on ground level with parking directly outside our door – and the room was surprisingly very quiet for the hotel being situated on such a well-travelled main street. Only two things come to mind that could be improved upon, but I’m nitpicking here – no WiFi internet access, however, we were provided with an Ethernet cable by the front desk (at no extra charge). We also enquired about the possibility of storing our luggage there after checkout, as our flight home wasn’t until much later that evening, and were informed they don’t have the facilities to do so. Certainly not dealbreakers by any means.
If what you’re after is a reasonably priced, non-luxury hotel to call home in a convenient area, with a (very) comfortable place to lay your head, you can’t go wrong with the Comfort Inn in Santa Monica. Should our travels take us to L.A. again, I’d re-book there again without hesitation!
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