I have to say that I loved this hotel... The price was ok but probably there was better price options within the area (ex: Holiday Inn).
Excelent service staff, loved the breakfast buffet and the retro look of the entry hall, as well as all the building itself (I'm an 50/60s lover). Maybe the only problem was the room view.. to an elevated highway and a baseball court.
It's 10 mins walk from Santa Monica well known Pier and beach, 5 mins away from Blue BUS to take you to the downtown of L.A. (in a 30 mins ride: maybe too much for a short-trip.......).