Fodor's Expert Review Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel

1700 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, California, 90401, USA

Walk to the ocean side of the soaring atrium at this family- and pet-friendly hotel, and you feel like you're on a cruise ship: massive windows give way to the expansive sea below, sunny staff seems content to assist with your needs, and a massive photo screen behind reception intuits a sense of place. Rooms offer sunken bathtubs, marble counters, wood armoires, and flat-screen TVs. Opt for one of the higher-floor rooms for arched ceilings with skylights. You can order lunch poolside at Blue Streak while lounging on stylish chaises. Take in the views over fresh fare at Ocean and Vine or enjoy BarBelle, the hotel's farm-to-table restaurant and lounge, which aptly pairs seafood with select wines and has a fun outdoor patio complete with fire pits. Pets go first-class at Loews: each receives a treat on arrival (their owners get welcome drinks as well). The hotel caters to families as well, with in-room treats for the little ones and childproofing kits for parents. The spa and fitness center offer plenty of L.A.-grade primping.

PROS

  • Resort vibe with three restaurants
  • Walk to beach
  • Wonderful spa and fitness center

CONS

  • Small pool
  • Parking is pricey ($55)
  • Large size can be overwhelming

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 310-458–6700 | 800-235–6397

HOTEL DETAILS

347 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals, Credit cards accepted