Fodor's Expert Review Bayside Hotel

2001 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, California, 90405, USA

Tucked snugly into a narrow corner lot, the supremely casual Bayside's greatest asset is its prime spot directly across from the beach, within walkable blocks from the Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Pier. Expect no frills but a good value. Rooms are tidy with access via exterior walkway and have been upgraded with tiled floors, powerful showers, and flat-screen TVs. There's a small front office instead of a lobby. Drivers must negotiate a cramped lot and then pay $32 a night for parking. Request a room with unobstructed ocean views and balconies. Book early for summer weekends; the hotel typically sells out then.

PROS

  • cheaper weeknight stays
  • beach access and views
  • dog-friendly rooms and rooms with kitchens available

CONS

  • homeless encampments nearby
  • basic bedding
  • thin walls
  • thin walls and street noise
  • no lobby and expensive parking

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Lively
Beachfront
Local Flavor
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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 310-396–6000 | 800-525–4447

HOTEL DETAILS

45 rooms
Rate Includes: No meals

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