The Santa Monica hotel fit my multi week project budget very well. It was close to some great restaurants and the beach and I really enjoyed strolling through the nearby neighborhoods with their quaint bungalows and beautiful gardens.
Throughout the weeks I stayed I was very impressed with Cherie’s helpfulness, professionalism and service which greatly exceeded my expectations. The room I stayed in hadn’t been renovated yet and was like going back to an off-campus undergrad dump, but Cherie helped me find a desk, drawers, fridge and microwave, and bedside tables. After a few days I was able to scrounge up a couple more lamps and even a power strip to complete the long-haul setup. The only thing missing was a velvet Elvis painting. The maid service, however, was comically inconsistent – I didn’t know they furnished cups until the third week there, and the number and assortment of towels hanging and / or placed in the bathroom every evening had a funky randomness to it. The bath mat would lie on the floor for days and get grubby while the one plush towel I'd hang up to reuse would disappear the first day. This stuff was laughable and not enough to get me to switch to another motel.
Hopefully when the motel renovation is completed the rooms will be fully furnished with dressers and desks or tables. When my project brings me back to Santa Monica, I’ll be ready to check in again!
If you stay there, be sure to check out Satdha, a great vegetarian Thai restaurant that just opened up a block east!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located just 7 blocks from the beach & world famous Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica Motel offers the most affordable accommodations of all the beach hotels in Santa Monica, CA. Near Santa Monica College, the Santa Monica Place Mall and famous Third Street Promenade, our economy motel is only minutes away from the most desirable tourist attractions in the city. The Santa Monica Motel offers comfortable, private, safe, clean rooms, conveniently located a short walk away from the beach, exquisite restaurants, the pier, and most of Santa Monica’s iconic attractions. Our rooms offer either one queen bed or two double beds, en suite bathrooms with Shampoo and body wash, In room coffee makers, flat screen televisions, in room refrigerator, hair dryer, clock radio, iron and ironing board available upon request, fresh complimentary coffee served every morning, vending and ice machines on property, free Wi-Fi and free parking. All rooms at The Santa Monica Motel are non-smoking. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Santa Monica Hotel Santa Monica