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Trip Report SANTA MONICA, California: Our Romantic Getaway on a Budget!

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Santa Monica Trip Report and Getty Villa Visit: February 2009

My husband and I enjoyed a weekend getaway to Santa Monica, California in February 2009. Highlights: sunny weather, beach walks, great food, and a visit to the beautiful Getty Villa in Malibu (free). Our goal was to plan a romantic getaway, for decent prices. It was a great and inexpensive weekend!

Sheraton Delfina Santa Monica hotel:
530 West Pico Blvd., Santa Monica CA 90405

We recommend the Sheraton Delfina in Santa Monica if you can get a good price. I booked a 4-star hotel on www.hotwire.com for $115 and got the Sheraton Delfina. Excellent staff, comfortable beds, and they are walking distance to Santa Monica pier. A great hotwire deal.

Customer service is excellent at the Sheraton Delfina. Our first room was small but still definitely worth the price we paid. But the water pressure in the shower was too strong, creating a painful spray that you couldn't stand in, and there was no way to adjust it. I called the front desk and they immediately solved the problem, to my delight! They sent up an “engineer” in 5 minutes, who quickly determined that the water pressure wasn't adjustable, so he talked to the manager for us and came back upstairs with new room keys for us. We were efficiently moved to a bigger upgraded room on the same floor. In the second room, the shower head was the same, but the water pressure was just right, so the shower was comfortable. We were very impressed with the concern that the staff showed to us, and how they really cared about our comfort.

Valet parking is normally $30 a day, but they gave gave us a discount on valet when we asked for one. (February is slow season.) You must use valet since there are only a small number of self-park spots which are always full.


Whenever I book a 4-star hotel on www.hotwire.com I always get a comfortable hotel with excellent customer service.

Activities:

Santa Monica Pier & Beaches:
We walked to the Santa Monica pier from the Sheraton Delfina and enjoyed a look at the fun-but-tacky-side of Santa Monica at the pier.

We thought it was fun that many of the beaches in and near Santa Monica have boardwalks or sidewalks, so that you can have a stroll along the beach in your shoes if you wish, people-watch, or even ride your bike or roller blade. We enjoyed walking and people-watching.
Cost: Free!

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