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The Hotel California
Ranked #18 of 36 Hotels in Santa Monica
Melbourne, Australia
1 review
“Wonderful Vacation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2014

Super fun hotel! Loved staying here. Good location, even better price We got a better deal by calling the hotel directly and booking with James. He also checked us in when we arrived and was very attentive throughout our stay!! Cant wait to come back next holiday! Cheers!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Hotel Californi... S, Front Office Manager at The Hotel California, responded to this review, April 14, 2014
Thank you for your kind post. We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay... We look forward to your next visit! - James Broome, Front Office Manager
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2014

My family stayed here for 8 nights after our massive Disneyland visit earlier. It was absolutely perfect in every way. The Hotel California is minutes to be beach, pier, shopping, and plenty of places to eat. Rooms were clean, and we loved the decorating in them, beds were a pleasure to sleep on. Breakfast was a bonus, and the random Pizza Parties were a lovely touch, my children are still talking about them! A huge shout out needs to go to Katie, Aaron, JP, James and Co, fantastic staff who were fabulous to deal with and totally awesome with my kids - thank you!

We highly recommend The Hotel California, and are already planning a repeat visit.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Hotel Californi... S, Front Office Manager at The Hotel California, responded to this review, April 14, 2014
We're all pumped your family had a great stay! Since we've upgraded our free breakfast offerings our guests have been very happy! Sleeping on a BEAUTY REST mattress :) is popular as well...Remember your room key for your discounted return visit. We'll save some pizza for you! - James Broome, Front Office Manager
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Freehold, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2014

The staff here is excellent. Even though it's a relaxed atmosphere no details are over looked when it comes to the service. The location is just a block away from all the action yet the hotel feels like it's tucked away in it's own little beach front world. I travel to Cali often and have stayed in luxury hotels but this place has become my new favorite spot to chill. Going back in August!

  • Stayed March 2014
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Hotel Californi... S, Front Office Manager at The Hotel California, responded to this review, April 7, 2014
Thank you for posting such a great review! We look forward to welcoming you back in August - great weather and big waves ahead! - James Broome, Front Office Manager
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2014 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed staying close to the beach while in town for business. Great, amazingly friendly staff, lots of nearby restaurants. Comfortable room with all the essentials. Quick walk to the Santa Monica pier, and some great nearby food.

Stayed April 2014, traveled on business
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Hotel Californi... S, Front Office Manager at The Hotel California, responded to this review, April 3, 2014
Louis,

Thanks so much for spreading the word about our hotel. Hopefully next time you visit us it won't have to be for work! Be sure to let us know when you are heading back and we will be sure to welcome you back with a nice return guest discount. We look forward to seeing you soon!

All the Best,

James Broome
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2014

The hotel and staff were above and beyond what we expected. The staff is amazing, the hotel has a relaxing atmosphere although, I must warn the hotel is old, and can use some maintenance in the rooms. Can't say enough about the staff, James was truly a big part of why our stay was so great, He helped with transportation, made my kids laugh, and really made my family feel taken care of in every way. Breakfast buffet was excellent, great food, wonderful staff. We will definitely visit this hotel again on our next visit to Santa Monica! Great beach, awesome location for kids with all the fun games and rides on the pier!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Hotel Californi... S, Front Office Manager at The Hotel California, responded to this review, April 2, 2014
We're so glad that you guys had such a great time while visiting us in sunny Santa Monica! It's awesome that you appreciated and took advantage of our newly upgraded breakfast offerings. When the family is ready to return I'll be here! Don't forget to bring your room key for your return guest discount!
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2014

I stayed at the Hotel California during the LA Marathon. The staff in the lobby were so nice, they even got us a deal on a ride to the airport. If you stay here make sure you ask for a room in the 30's. James and Aaron were so nice and went WAY out of their way to make our stay special. We are going to bring our family back here this summer!

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Hotel Californi... S, Front Office Manager at The Hotel California, responded to this review, April 3, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to post such wonderful feedback! We are pumped you enjoyed your stay with us - Remember to bring your Hotel California room key for your return discount!

- James Broome
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San Diego, California, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2014

From the minute you walk in to the reception to the quaint interior courtyards - you will understand what makes Hotel California so unique and charming. Rooms are small but they are very comfortable (especially the beds). We had a shared lanai outside our room from which it was nice to wake up and have coffee and see the beach. Location just a block from the beach, Santa Monica Pier and walking distance to Promenade make it worth and you save time and hassles of Santa Monica/LA Traffic - which is a beast ! #lol

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Hotel Californi... S, Front Office Manager at The Hotel California, responded to this review, April 3, 2014
"Unique and charming"...we are humbled by such grand praise! You also mention our "comfortable" beds - well, we do have authentic BEAUTY REST mattresses in each room..."charming" to know our efforts are not in vain...but appreciated! Thank you :)

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Property: The Hotel California
Address: 1670 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3212
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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 Business Hotel in Santa Monica
#17 Family Hotel in Santa Monica
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:2 star — The Hotel California 2*
Number of rooms: 36
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, laundry room, 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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