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The Hotel California
Ranked #19 of 36 Hotels in Santa Monica
Thun, Bern, Switzerland
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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“Cool Place in Santa Monica”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

The Hotel ist located near the beaches in Santa Monica, the Persons who worked there we're very friendly and handsome, the Roms are nice, clean, comfortable and they are really big sized.
We loved it and we recommend it to everyone, except to those who want a 5*Hotel. to all the others: just try it out, you will see...
Martin, Switzerland

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Michael P, Guest Relations Manager at The Hotel California, responded to this review, July 30, 2013
Dear Martin,

What a great review! All of us here are delighted we made your families stay memorable and as fun as it was. I really appreciate your acknowledgement of the type of hotel we are and who would love this place. The person who is looking for 5 star amenities is always going to be disappointed (fair enough since we are a 2-3 star hotel) but those who go out and experience all that Santa Monica and Venice have to offer plus a comfortable and clean room in the best location always have a blast! Again thank you so much and we hope you come back and see us soon.

Cheers,

Michael
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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

I did a lot of hotel research before going to Santa Monica, and the only properties on the beach (where you don't have to cross Highway 1) are 5-star hotels (Loews, Shutters, Casa del Mar). Hotel California, on the beach, found its place amongst these expensive hotels with a quaint, California chill, personal service difference at half the price. So don't go expecting high-end luxury, but DO go expecting a clean room, great personal service from the front desk (thanks Michael), and a location that is steps from the beach and The Promenade (great restaurants, Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom, etc). If you are going there to stay in your room, then invest in the expensive hotels. But if you're going to Santa Monica to drink in the beach, enjoy awesome food, and great people watching all within steps of your hotel, stay at Hotel California.

Room Tip: Great courtyard rooms with windows providing cross ventilation let you sleep with a cool ocean breez...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Michael P, Guest Relations Manager at The Hotel California, responded to this review, August 11, 2013
Dear Wade,

You are SO very welcome! It was such a pleasure having you guys stay with us and it made me so happy to see you guys having such a wonderful time at The Hotel California. We are the smaller, more quaint boutique hotel surrounded by the big chains on the beach but we can't ask for anything more than a review like this! Its so great when a guest recognizes that given where you are (closest property to the SM pier and steps away from the beach) it is the best value you can find on Ocean Avenue compared the the $600 per night heavyweights around us. If you want a clean, friendly and open place to stay that is no more than a 3 block walk from all the hot spots in Santa Monica at half the price of all the 5* competition THIS is it. Again wade, thanks so much for reaching out and giving us such a sterling review and please come back and see us when you feel The Hotel California "vibe" calling you back!

Cheers,

Mike
Front Desk/Supervisor of Guest Services
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San Francisco, California, United States
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

The hotel is one of only a few properties directly on the beach in Santa Monica. Right on the boardwalk and at the original site of Muscle Beach, this location provides all kinds of options for exercise from a bike ride along the boardwalk to a full body workout on the ropes and rings course. The hotel is clean and has a series of courtyards and walkways that create a California charm you don't get from the chain hotels. Michael at the front desk is a great guy and made the stay that much better. We recommend staying here. Mike (San Francisco)

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Monterey, California
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

My husband and I and our 3 teenagers stayed here for 4 nights in July. We were supposed to stay at the DUMP across the street, the Ocean Lodge Motel but after ONE NIGHT in the most foul musty moldy smelling and claustrophobic rooms I told my husband to get us out and try across the street..The Hotel California. Not only was the suite at your hotel clean and spacious but the help was SUPER. My husband and I had to rent 2 mobility scooters to get around and Michael and his helper went out of their way to make sure that we got the extensions and outdoor plug ins that were needed to charge our scooters nightly. They were so gracious. And to make matters even better, we were right there next to the pier (within 1/2 block) and didn't have to cross any major streets to get to the boardwalk and pier. We felt completely safe motoring in our scooters all the way and our teenagers could walk to the pier easily. The place is a gem and since both the DUMP and this gem were about the same price, it was definitely worth it. Every day they had coffee or tea and pastries so the kids just got up and went on their way to the various activities planned for them. I can't say what a GODSEND it was to have to leave the one place and find another place so close and right across the street that morning when we vacated the DUMP.

Room Tip: Since we had 3 teenagers we needed the 2 bedroom suite. The upstairs suite was very spacious and ha...
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5 reviews
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Reviewed July 14, 2013 via mobile

This is a very cute, small hotel but there are some things you should know before booking. There is no air conditioning (just a ceiling fan) and the rooms are hot. The hotel is on a major road through Santa Monica so it's noisy if you open the windows. It needs updating if they are going to charge what they charge. Our bathroom shower was very small and needles to be replaced all together. But on the upside it was clean and unique. The staff was very nice and it is in a great location, centrally located to everything in Santa Monica.

Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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North Wales, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

NO AC and I was told I would be in the "junior suite" which turned out to be the handicap accessible room. The room had 2 beds and a large bathroom with a ramp to allow access to the room. The Continental breakfast is served in a the lobby where everyone will be checking out and there's no place to sit.

Room Tip: Rooms are on a very busy Highway, you'll have to keep the windows open and use the ceiling fans...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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The Hotel C, Guest Relations Manager at The Hotel California, responded to this review, July 14, 2013
Dear Eddie,

There is limited seating in the lobby since it is meant for guest to come in, choose from our variety of muffins, pastries, yogurt, fruit, etc. and then enjoy their breakfast outdoors where we have avaliable seating for 26 guests. There are tables and chairs just to the left of our entrance, two fabulous umbrella palm tree tables that seat six a peice and a spanish courtyard with seating in the back meant for enjoying breakfast in the sun, meeting new people and experiencing the Santa Monica beach vibe the hotel is known for.

We appreciate your review as it is beneficial to our future guests and allows us to address the concern of seating for breakfast. You can always ask one of the friendly front desk agents as well for the best recommendation on where to enjoy your free continental breakfast at the beach!

Cheers,

Michael
The Hotel California, Santa Monica
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Tennessee
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Reviewed July 13, 2013 via mobile

Just stayed at the hotel in room 29-A. The room was vary spacious and had a cool theme. I had looked at several hotels, but based on location and price decided on Hotel California, the hotel did not disappoint. If want a regular hotel (chain) this place is not for you. If you want a hotel with a great location, affordable price, and something a little different from the norm, you can't find a better place!

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Property: The Hotel California
Address: 1670 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3212
Location: United States > California > Santa Monica > Santa Monica
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Monica
#15 Romantic Hotel in Santa Monica
#17 Family Hotel in Santa Monica
#17 Business Hotel in Santa Monica
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — The Hotel California 2*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located steps from the beach and from the famous Santa Monica Pier, this world-famous hotel offers complimentary coffee, tea, fruit, WiFi, as well as a private beach pathway! Experience the laid back California lifestyle as it should be. Moments from the shopping and dining, Third Street Promenade, Venice and Muscle Beach. ... more   less 
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