We wanted to have a quick long weekend in Santa Monica and returned to the Doubletree Suites. We had stayed there several years ago for a Xena convention and liked the proximity to the beach with a suite hotel.
The property is a little more worn but still a good buy. Our room was overlooking the high school baseball field and was on the second floor. The room was very quiet and well designed. There was a wet bar with mini frig, microwave, coffee maker and sink. The TVs were flat screened and you had high definition channels with HBO. You could access the bathroom from either the bedroom or the "living room". There is a Von's grocery store at Broadway between 7th and Lincoln so you can buy groceries to keep in the frig.
The pool is on the second floor and large enough to do laps. It is a salt water pool and I used it every day. A great way to start the day swimming as the sun rises. You get a peek a boo view of the ocean from the pool deck. One complaint I had was the pool area is a smoking spot. I know they have to provide some area to smoke but the one time someone was smoking, it makes the breathing the smokey air unpleasant when it is otherwise a lovely place.
The hotel is in a great location for bus service. We took the 2 bus right out front to UCLA for a day trip and the Rapid 10 at Santa Monica and 4th to Union Station. If you have not seen Union Station and have the time, it is a classic. We did a little walk around the sights downtown. LA has a very walkable downtown with a lot to see. Our AAA travel book was a guide to the sights.
Veronica and Edward deserve mention. Veronica gladly gave us umbrellas when rain threatened and Edward gave us advice on returning to LAX.
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