Across the street from the Santa Monica Pier and only two blocks from the Downtown Santa Monica train station, this hotel is a good option for families on the weekends and business travelers during the week. The seven-floor tower boasts sweeping views and provides tourists with a location featuring endless options.
The rooms are surprisingly spacious and come with coffee makers and turndown service upon request. Some of the bigger rooms also have sofa beds that are perfect for small families. Request a higher floor for decent North/South views of Santa Monica and Venice.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Even though the hotel is across the street from the ocean, the designers decided to build the tower without any ocean-facing rooms. Many of the rooms have partial ocean views, but it’s not nearly the same. I guess you can just keep repeating to yourself, "I am by the ocean even though I can't see it" when you're inside of the hotel.
There’s nothing fancy about the bathrooms, but they’re clean and well maintained. Also, they function. Guests will have use of Tranquility products and a brutally honest mirror.
The lobby isn’t a major hub of activity, save for the breakfast area with street-side windows and the small bar off to one side. Modern touches dot the lobby with various brown hues among the wood-backed chairs and leather spiral couches.
The hotel offers free Wi-Fi and there’s no fee for pets. So, that's nice.
While there is a salt water pool, it, unfortunately, sits against the freeway and is incredibly noisy. Guests who don’t mind the cars and trucks zooming by in the background can enjoy food and drinks poolside. They can also enjoy the freeway because they have no choice.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Oddly, you need to walk through the hotel’s parking garage to access the pool from the lobby. There are stairs leading down from some of the rooms, though. We just wouldn’t advise walking barefoot.
The hotel restaurant is known for their breakfast with a wide array of healthy (and not-so-healthy) options. But the hotel takes pride in making sure they have cage-free eggs and as much as possible that’s locally sourced. Guests can grab dinner bites at the lobby bar or order in-room dining 24/7.
The French Toast is really good. Please, do yourself a favor: have some French Toast here.
The Lobby Bar offers a happy hour from 4-7pm and gives guests an opportunity for a less expensive start to a Santa Monica night.
There’s a metro stop two blocks east of the hotel that can take you to Hollywood, Universal Studios, or even Downtown LA. This is a really great walking area though and most people hail Lyft or Uber rides for getting any further afield.
Endless options are all within walking distance of the hotel. On the expensive side is Del Frisco’s Grille (1-minute walk) for steak and seafood or Blue Plate Taco (3-minute walk) for modern Mexican. Joe’s Pizza (4-minute walk) is a great inexpensive option for New York style slices.
For swank nights, there’s 41 Ocean Club (1-minute walk) across the street from the hotel. For dive bar lovers, there’s Chez Jay (1-minute walk), which has been providing cheap drinks since 1959.
WHY WE LIKE IT
For this hotel, it’s all about the location. There are hundreds of restaurants, bars, and attractions all within walking distance or a short car ride. The metro is so close that tourists can also gain access to the rest of the city without having to rent a car. While the hotel is clean, food decent, and rooms spacious, you’re coming to this hotel for the area more than anything else.