This is a motel. I kept reminding myself of this fact (because honestly, I don't remember the last time I stayed in a motel). With that said, I showed up at 11pm to check in and the office was closed. I finally located the phone number and called. Only then did someone emerged from a room and checked me in. It's a motel! The office is enclosed in glass (bullet proof? Maybe. I didn't test it). Maybe this says something about the neighborhood. Maybe this says something about Los Angeles as a whole. We did the transaction through an opening at the bottom of the glass enclosure, with me standing outside and she safely behind the enclosure. This is a motel! She escorted me to my room through a locked gate.
The room was small, filled with a bed and two small dressers. This is a motel! She turns on the sink faucet and told me I would need to keep it running for a while if I wanted hot water. Same goes for the shower. This is a motel! The internet works best outside, she tells me. This is a motel! On my return from town the next day I had the feeling my towel was the same towel I'd used that morning. This is a motel! In the shower I could hardly bow down to wash my feet on account of how small the shower was. I'm 6.2....and this is a motel!
But I thought the place was clean enough, and the staff courteous.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- *All request, including room type, are non-guaranteed and shall be honored depending on availability at check-in.* We are a small and basic motel. To noise sensitive; we are behind the Jack in the Box(fastfood chain) and the night Bar name TriP. Welcome to Rest Haven Motel, Santa Monica !!! Feel good in this neighborhood if you would! This is an economy motel conveniently located in Lincoln Blvd and Grant Street just 20 minutes walk to the Third Street Promenade in downtown Santa Monica and the famous Santa Monica Pier where fun and enjoyment can be had beyond compare. The place is quite accessible to many other favorite tourists' haunts known the world over like Venice Beach, Malibu, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Universal Studio, Disneyland, and more which makes every stay a pleasure. Built in 1938..."A marvelous experience"... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rest Haven Hotel Santa Monica