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Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Ranked #11 of 36 Hotels in Santa Monica
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Reviewed 28 February 2013

Such a nice place to stay, relax and enjoy the beautiful sights of Santa Monica, with direct access onto the beach and the room i was in was looking out onto the ocean.The hotel is smart relaxed and very modern with a lovely pool and excellent facilities. We stayed there for 5 nights and found that it was close enough for walks into town and lots of womderfull restraunts and bars in the area.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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LoewsSantaMonica, General Manager at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2013

Dear David A.

We thank you for taking the time to review your stay this past December at our hotel. We are very glad to hear that during your week long stay you were able to enjoy our beach front location and our ocean view pool deck; it is truly a wonderful place to unwind after a day of sightseeing. As well, it was great to hear that you found our location the perfect place to explore all that Santa Monica has to offer. We want to sincerely thank you for your kind words and look forward to the opportunity to impress and pamper you in future stays.

Paul Leclerc- Managing Director

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Reviewed 26 February 2013

Here's the Cliff Notes: I love this place! The hotel is located right on the beach a few hundred yards south of the Santa Monica Pier. Its amenities include a beautiful atrium lobby, a bar area that's always humming in the evening, an excellent restaurant, a health club, and a pool area with hot tub and beverage service. The rooms are decorated in a light, modern motif with some unusual touches - for example, frosted glass windows that bring daylight into the bathrooms. It is easy to access (by L.A. standards) via a number of main thoroughfares including Interstate 10, the Pacific Coast Highway, Pico Boulevard, Wilshire Boulevard, and Santa Monica Boulevard. The service is friendly, expert, and down to earth. The rooms on the ocean side offer views that include the Pacific, mountains to the north, and the shoreline to the south. Admittedly, other rooms look out on lesser prospects. Fans of the Eagles will be happy to know that this hotel is located next door to one called the Hotel California. We've stayed at the Loews Santa Monica half a dozen times and expect to return later this year. It is upscale, unpretentious, fun, convenient, and friendly. Nice combination!

Room Tip: Choose the rooms on the ocean side. They're a bit pricier but worth every cent.
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Rick S
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LoewsSantaMonica, General Manager at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2013

Dear Rick S.,

We truly appreciate your taking a moment to share with others your wonderful comments on your experiences at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. Our location is indeed close to everything Santa Monica has to offer, and it is also easily accessible to points of interest in the Los Angeles area. It’s wonderful to hear that you've explored the many amenities the hotel has to offer and that you enjoy them all. Thank you once again for your kind and generous commendation. We look forward to welcoming you back in the very near future!

Paul Leclerc – Managing Director

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Reviewed 20 February 2013

The location on the beach is fabulous. Key is knowing which room you have. Some of the rooms are on the 5th floor outside where events are held, traffic is audible in other rooms and finally, some have scaffolding right outside the window and other rooms face nearby buildings with no light. Once you have the appropriate room, then it's great. The issue is securing the appropriate room. The room I finally, secured was light and airy.

I did find it annoying that the hotel does not provide shower caps or slippers in the room. Service can be a bit slow. That said, the price is right.

The massage services are excellent as is the location.

Room Tip: Ask for a high room, with light and no scaffolding.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled on business
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LoewsSantaMonica, General Manager at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2013

Intrepidtraveler53,

Thank you for taking the time to share the details of your recent visit to our hotel. We are pleased to learn that for this past stay, we were able to provide accommodations that fit your needs and expectations. Please accept our apologies for the lapse in service in regards to shower caps and slippers. These items are available upon request and a call to our front office will get these items delivered to your room as quickly as possible. We are excited to tell you that our exterior façade renovation is near completion. So, very shortly there will be no scaffolding anywhere on the building. We look forward to your return visit and will welcome your comments on our new look. Thank you once again, and we look forward to your next stay at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel!

Paul Leclerc – Managing Director

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Reviewed 18 February 2013

After having stayed previously at Shutters, we were pleasantly surprised to find Loews (just two short blocks away) to be great hotel, with great staff, and a great pool yet none of the pretentiousness. From the doorman, to the front desk, to the cleaning and maintenance staff, the bartenders and wait staff, each went out of their way to say hello, and ensure that all was "right". We will definitely be back!

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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LoewsSantaMonica, General Manager at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2013

Jandbmast

Thank you for taking the time to share the details of your experience at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel this past January. We know that there are many hotels from which to choose in the Santa Monica area, so we are thrilled that you chose our hotel for your family’s home away from home. Thank you for taking time to highlight the friendliness and attentiveness of our staff. It is truly our goal to pamper and delight each and every one of our guests! We hope that the Hotel’s amenities and staff have won you over and that we will have the opportunity to welcome you to our hotel when your travels bring you back to the Santa Monica area.

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Reviewed 18 February 2013

This is a typical high end hotel but the past two times I have stayed here we had to deal with early am construction noise on the street side of the hotel where our room was facing. We should have remembered from last time and requested a room on the other side.

What was more unbelievable was the noise we had to deal with in our meeting room. The drilling was soooo loud that we had to ask them to stop because we couldn't hear our speaker, even though he was yelling.

Close to restaurants and right on the beach near the famous Santa Monica Pier. We were there on business but if it was pleasure I wouldn't have put up with the noise in our room.

Room Tip: Ask for a room that doesn't get any construction noise.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 16 February 2013

We stayed here a couple of years ago and always wanted to come back. Managed to get a great rate paying up front a couple of months in advance but didn't know about the renovations. To be clear, they are only affecting the front of the hotel but its very disconcerting when you arrive and it isn't clear where to get in! The lovely sweep drive is only partially in use so that causes a backlog if a lot of people want to use the valet at the same time. We twice waited nearly 10mins for our car. I think that reduces the rooms available as we were on the side street which although had a view of the ocean, was across the car park which wasn't quite what I had in mind.
Otherwise the room was well appointed and bed comfortable. Strange shaped bathroom, with the bath almost under the sink, but it was full sized and fills quickly.
Lots of building work going on across the street so interested to see how that changes the neighbourhood, as its a little further away from the action on third street than the other Ocean Ave hotels.
All in all fine, but not quite was I was hoping for. Will stay elsewhere on our next trip to Santa Monica.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled on business
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LoewsSantaMonica, General Manager at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2013

ASWh
Thank you for taking the time to share details of your visit this past December to our hotel. We were very pleased to learn that you enjoyed your stay. We do regret that you experienced some delay with the valet service due to the façade renovation taking place during your visit. Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience this caused you. We are happy to advise you that our circular drive is now open and fully operational. As well, our façade renovation is in the final stages and near completion. We do hope that you will return to our hotel to experience our new look and share your feedback with us. We do appreciate your business and look forward to welcoming you back in the very near future.
Paul Leclerc – Managing Director

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Reviewed 15 February 2013

Stayed 4 nights in February and had a great time on our first trip to Santa Monica. Yes, there is scaffolding and noise right now but this is a lovely hotel with an amazing location! I found the service to be exceptional with friendly staff everywhere I went.

We were upgraded to ocean view rooms to accommodate for the construction (room 550) and it was beautiful. Every amenity and beautiful bathroom with tiled walk in shower and soaker tub. Comfy beds and lots of room.

The location is perfect with a quick walk to restaurants, the beach and shopping.

The only complaint is the price of wifi in rooms ($11/day) and a cost to use the gym ($10/day) which is ridiculous considering the price of this hotel/night! Luckily, the friendly front desk clerk signed me up for a Loews promotion which gave me both of these for free during my stay. Well worth asking about it! The fitness facility is nicely equipped, the pool and hot tub are great. I didn't try the spa treatments.

Would definitely stay again!

Room Tip: Room 550 is ocean view with a large balcony but has 2 double beds.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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LoewsSantaMonica, General Manager at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2013

OntarioHopper

Thank you for your recent review of Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. We know how valuable your time is so we truly appreciate you taking a moment to share you experience with us. It seems as if you were able to fully explore the amenities of the hotel, and we are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed them all. Our spa and fitness center, pool and hot tub really are ideal places to unwind after a long day around the city. We hope that you consider Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel your new home away from home when visiting the Los Angeles area. We eagerly await your return!

Paul Leclerc – Managing Director

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Additional Information about Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel

Address: 1700 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Region: United States > California > Santa Monica > Santa Monica
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Santa Monica
#3 Green Hotel in Santa Monica
#8 Luxury Hotel in Santa Monica
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Monica
#15 Family Hotel in Santa Monica
#18 Business Hotel in Santa Monica
Price Range: £322 - £529 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 347
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated on the Pacific Ocean with the thriving Santa Monica city on one side and the sands of legendary Muscle Beach on the other, the Four-Diamond Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel is a beachfront retreat offering dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean and beyond. Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel has become the first luxury hotel in Santa Monica to receive the Santa Monica Green Business Certification. Offered through a partnership between The City of Santa Monica, Santa Monica Convention and Visitors Bureau, Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce and Sustainable Works, the certification program honors businesses that have taken measurable steps to incorporate sustainable practices into their operations. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Ocean & Vine offers the option to dine fireside or outdoors on a spacious patio while enjoying breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and world-famous Santa Monica Pier. Ocean & Vine's contemporary California farm-to-table cuisine showcases thoughtful interpretations of the familiar favorites. Recently named one of the "Best Hotel Spas" by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler for the second year in a row, Ocean Spa & Fitness offers an array of supremely-relaxing services. From Heated Lava Shell massages to age-defying facials, the eco-friendly Ocean Spa will keep you feeling relaxed...Naturally. An expansive fitness center features state-of-the-art cardio equipment with iPod docking stations and personal televisions. Guests may also take advantage of the full service salon. World-class biking, surfing, dining and shopping are right outside the hotel's door. Offering convenient access to everything Santa Monica has to offer, the hotel is just blocks away from the Santa Monica Pier, Third Street Promenade and the new Santa Monica Place mall. Muscle Beach's 26-mile paved strand offers the ideal setting to bike or blade. Santa Monica also boasts rich cultural history with an abundance of museums and theaters. Working with one of the hotel's Les Clefs d'Or certified Concierges puts all this and more at each guest's fingertips. ... more   less 
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