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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 20 May 2015

This hotel is more like a little community than a hotel. It is perfectly placed to walk to the beach, shops and restaurants. We didn't use the car once while we were there. The staff were laid back and helpful and the other guests were very eclectic. It had no air con and sometimes the breakfast bagels (included in the...

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 20 May 2015

We just wandered in quite early in the morning knowing nothing about the place and were lucky enough to grab room 5 more or less as the last people vacated it. So lucky as otherwise full. It was actually a suite, perfect for the 3 of us. Gorgeous rooms, light, spacious but also very pretty. Everything we needed, including coffee...

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New York City, New York
Reviewed 18 May 2015

There's "Hotel California" the song, and Hotel California, the Santa Monica hotshot, and--no surprise here--both are enduring hits. I went back again this year for Mother's Day, and found it was just as inviting, just as invigorating, and just as accommodating as before--if not more. The ocean view (ask for Room 32 or 33) was just as tantalizing; the jasmine...

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

Jill, We were SO happy to have you back to see us! The Hotel California is like your home away from home, and we love having you as our guest :) You know that you can always call me directly or email me anytime! Please let me know when you'll be back to visit us. I'll be sure you get...

Washington DC, District of Columbia
Reviewed 14 May 2015

A great location for this motel-style hotel, in a fantastic location in Santa Monica. However, let's be clear, this is a $70 hotel room, in a $400 location, so it is fairly basic. I will grudgingly admit that this passes for 'value' in the area. The rooms could also use some (maybe quite a lot of) modernisation and there is...

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

Quirky is a new word that we haven't been described as yet, but we'll take it! It's a little hard to categorize our hotel, but that's really because we are One of a Kind! You seemed to thing that our prices were high, although by doing a little bit of research you will see that our rates are hard to...

Reviewed 13 May 2015 via mobile

This is our second time staying at hotel california, and it is just like I remember! Rooms are decorated with surfer vibe artifacts and movie posters, and grounds really well kept. Wifi was a little slow, but James at the front desk told us it was being upgraded within a few days. James to mention was so nice, just like...

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

Thanks for the awesome review Jenny! Glad to see that you came back to visit us a second time. We have so many return guests that it's getting harder and harder for people to book a room these days! I guess you should consider yourself a Hotel California insider, part of a cool club we have going on here! Let...

Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 11 May 2015 via mobile

For the location and price go to another hotel in Santa Monica. Period! First things first, expect to pay a lot to park your car ( if any of their 8 spots are free). Understand cleanness is a must, but the smell of cleaning product in our room was nauseating. I almost got a 2nd degree burn when trying to...

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

Wow, looks like someone woke up on the wrong side of our Beautyrest mattress! Please don't let this review fool you folks, as there is clearly an agenda on this person's mind... As hundreds of other guests have reviewed, our prices and location can't be beat. Our proximity to ALL Santa Monica attractions is incredible, leaving you no need to...

New York
Reviewed 9 May 2015

This hotel is not the fanciest place around, but it certainly offers the lowest rates of any comparable places in Santa Monica. I've stayed in most of them down there on business trips, and have come to rely on the Hotel California routinely. They seem to have a good number of types of rooms to choose from, some are very...

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2Thank Jeff B
Nashville, Tennessee
Reviewed 2 May 2015

We (family of 4 with 2 teenagers) stayed here April 4-11 for $1800, including tax and parking in a one bedroom suite with kitchenette. There was one bathroom and the open living space had couch, tv, tablet with 4 chairs, twin bed with trundle bed and in the one bedroom was a chest, tv, closet, 2 bedside tables and queen...

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3Thank mturn2
Reviewed 30 April 2015

Kind of a mixed bag. The pros: great location, lots of character, friendly staff, reasonably priced. The cons: barely existent wifi, stained towels, weak-flushing toilet in a room separate from the sink with a plunger ominously placed nearby, shower weirdly smelled like sulfur.

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Seville, Spain
Reviewed 28 April 2015

First, the location of the Hotel California, merely yards from the Santa Monica beach, is almost unbeatable. A few minutes' walk and you're on the sand. On the other side, however, there is a busy road, although my road-facing room was not unduly noisy. Secondly, the room prices represent great value for money, in an area where prices at other,...

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

Thanks for such an awesome review Felipe! Your description of our hotel is spot on. We definitely love to stand out as the "different" and "quirky" hotel in Santa Monica! Where you're even more right is your understanding of the value we provide. On a street with $400 and $500 hotel rooms, you can rest comfortably knowing that you are...

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Santa Monica
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
Room types
  • 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: $315 - $472 (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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“Maybe ask for a room that is not on the front of the hotel so that you don't hear street traffic.”
 of 5 bubbles krystynrh, 27 Feb 2017 | Read review
“If you can't do stairs, ask for a first-floor room.”
 of 5 bubbles Paola010, 25 Feb 2017 | Read review
“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
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