Location is pretty spot on, close to the beach and Santa Monica Pier. Rooms are basic, but OK. Thin, thin walls, so you'll hear everything that's going on. Minimalistic breakfast available in the microscopic lobby. There is no restaurant or other facilities. Like someone else wrote, it's more of a motel, except the missing parking space; you may have to park at the Loewes Hotel next door (only valet parking, $36) Full Wifi service is not free.
This place has some sort of backpacker atmosphere to it. It's decorated with guitars and surfboards, I think it's pretty ok for basic accommodation.
Staff was pleasantly "normal", I actually find the service-mindedness and politeness in many hotels a bit tiresome when it is overdone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Classic, Oceanfront Santa Monica Hotel (formerly Hotel California) Unwind at this laid-back, oceanfront hideaway along the Pacific. Bask in the sun and carefree lifestyle of Southern California and stay a while at the Sea Blue Hotel. With a prime beachfront address, our tranquil, seaside refuge welcomes you to the heart of Santa Monica. Relax in our private courtyard with beach access, so you can dip your toes in the sand any time. Stay within walking distance of the Santa Monica Pier and the iconic Pacific Park Ferris wheel, and close to the local shops and galleries that line the Third Street Promenade. Just minutes from LAX, Venice Beach, and Malibu, our modern, surf-inspired accommodations with free Wi-Fi will leave you rested and relaxed, so you can head out to catch some waves and explore the best parts of coastal Southern California. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- California Hotel Santa Monica
- Hotel California Santa Monica
- California Santa Monica