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Reviewed yesterday NEW

I enjoyed my stay here. The staff were always friendly, the hotel was very pretty, and close to the beach. There's free tea and coffee, and hot chocolate, in the foyer at all times, and fruit too (bananas every say I was there). There's no breakfast. There are many pretty outdoor seating areas, and you may well see a hummingbird.

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Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Our stay at The Hotel California was fantastic, It is so nice to see a little bit of yesteryear being preserved with the Surfboard bed heads and guitars on the walls adding a really cool touch. A big thanks to Carter & Kurtis for their warm welcome and sharing of knowledge on all things local especially a couple of nearby...

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Hotel Californi... S, Front Office Manager at The Hotel California, responded to this review

We are so ecstatic that you loved The Hotel California! A major goal of ours is to keep the beach, and nostalgic LA vibe. A lot of that has been lost in Los Angeles, but we are on a mission to keep it alive. Our staff (Carter & Kurtis + the others) are dedicated to making each and every guest's...

Auckland Region, New Zealand
Reviewed 1 week ago

Booked this in August 2016 via Booking.com and Hotel California promptly took a $300 deposit from my credit card. Less than three weeks before we arrived in January and while we were already travelling they cancelled with not only no apology no explanation after both I and Booking.com asked why? Stressful, expensive and therefore in my opinion unreliable and rude.

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Hotel Californi... S, Front Office Manager at The Hotel California, responded to this review

Hello yolofifiez, We are quite shocked and concerned to be reading this review. This is not something that has happened at our hotel, and we believe there may be some confusion with a third party booking company, possibly. Reservations not made directly through the hotel are typically under the jurisdiction of the company with which they are booked. It sounds...

Florida Panhandle, Florida
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you're looking for a 5 star accommodation, look elsewhere. The place is cool for its relation to the Eagles song and for the cool memorabilia throughout. But the place is very old. There is no central heat and air. And it's cramped- especially the bathroom. The concrete has definitely shifted on the stairs and floors- not level. There is...

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Canberra, Australia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loved our stay at The Hotel California! Sure it's a little tired (it's original and that's it's charm) and can be a bit noisy, but it's in a prime location, all the staff are absolutely fabulous, the beds are comfy and nothing was too much trouble for the office guys. I'd had issues with the booking from an external...

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Hotel Californi... S, Front Office Manager at The Hotel California, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the stellar review, we really appreciate it! You're right, it is a shame that you couldn't hang out with us longer. There's always something new to discover the longer you stay at Hotel Cali. I'm sure you could use a few more night's sleep in one of our premium Beautyrest beds as well ;) Definitely don't...

Destin, Florida
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The place was actually pretty cool! The only part that was horrible was parking, and the attendant (Lewis from the Revenge of the Nerds) did not help us like he helped these others then came in after us! We had to park down the street in a parking garage which was actually more secure and cheaper than what they were...

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Foshan, China
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I just finished a two night stay here. It was really nice. I was in room 21. The bed was ridiculously comfortable and soft. The pillows were incredible. If it wasn't for the jetlag, I would've slept like a log! The shower took a very long time to come to temp but other than that room was spot on. Some...

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Thank TommySangers
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a great stay at The Hotel California. The rooms were decorated with lots of musical decor, like guitars hanging on the walls, and there were lots of outdoor spaces/seats around the hotel to enjoy. The location was wonderful with our own private walkway down to the beach! And the staff, especially Carter, were super friendly and very helpful...

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Hotel Californi... S, Front Office Manager at The Hotel California, responded to this review

Kate, We're so happy that you enjoyed your stay with us! The guitars on the walls are one our many highlights, although some say that our phenomenal location deserves the crown. Either way, you lucked out and were able to enjoy both. Carter passes along a huge "thank you" for the shout out. He's one awesome guy! Thanks again, -...

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed at The Hotel California 2 out of our 5 night stay in California. We were in the courtyard area and it was very pretty. Our room was small, like expected, but all we needed since we planned to spend very little time in there. The bed was comfortable but I question the cleanliness of the sheets. It is...

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Hotel Californi... S, Front Office Manager at The Hotel California, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback, Leah. We are always improving, and your comments do nothing but help us strive to be better. We have recently purchased all new, high-quality sheets for all of our beds. Trust me, they are super comfy! In addition, we had a plumber take a look at all of our...

Ubud, Indonesia
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

OK the location is great and who doesn't want to say they stayed at the Hotel California but...tired, bad WiFi, noisy, tired, manky towels, uncontrollable hot water, tired, exy parking, bad A/C and very tired rooms. This should have been heaven but it was more like hell.

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Hotel Californi... S, Front Office Manager at The Hotel California, responded to this review

Hello Ivan, While most people find our hotel vibrant and exciting, it's unfortunate that you didn't experience the same feeling. We always encourage guests to bring their concerns to us while they are actually here, but we understand not everyone is comfortable doing that. I can assure you that we take all of your concerns seriously, and have been working...

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Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers, roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica pier spins high above the water, while park revelers scream with delight riding the roller coaster. Inland from the beach, Third Street Promenade bustles with shoppers and street performers, where every block seems to have a musical or acrobatic act drawing crowds giving Santa Monica both the feeling of a laid-back beach town and a major commercial hub.
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Amenities

Highlights
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Beachfront
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Suites
In your room
  • Refrigerator in room
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
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  • Multilingual Staff
  • Laundry Service
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 

Additional Information about The Hotel California

Address: 1670 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3212
Region: United States > California > Santa Monica > Santa Monica
Price Range: $289 - $446 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — The Hotel California 2*
Number of rooms: 36
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Also Known As:
California Hotel Santa Monica
Hotel California Santa Monica
California Santa Monica
Hotel Style:
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Monica
#15 Romantic Hotel in Santa Monica
#17 Family Hotel in Santa Monica
#17 Business Hotel in Santa Monica
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“Top floor, courtyard for a quieter stay.”
 of 5 bubbles musicxdesign, 7 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Ask for the courtyard. Stay away front street-front rooms.”
 of 5 bubbles leaben2016, 19 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Rooms upstairs to the rear of hotel best. We stayed upstairs front closest to the road they were good also”
 of 5 bubbles mfreebairn, 13 Jan 2017 | Read review
“There are rooms overlooking the beach at the back”
 of 5 bubbles Sandsmouse, 4 Jan 2017 | Read review
“demander une chambre sur jardin et non rue.”
 of 5 bubbles charlieTH, 1 Jan 2017 | Read review
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