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Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Ranked #11 of 36 Hotels in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 7 December 2013

Loews Santa Monica thinks it's a great hotel and charges accordingly....but it has a way to go.
Especially when it comes to taking care of its guests.

- They charge $14.95 a day for WiFi (internet access); MacDonald's is FREE.
- If you invite people over for lunch they charge an additional parking fee, even with validated parking tickets.
- One-size-fits-all bath robes are designed for 6' + basket ball players, not petite women.
- Room lighting poor, with no night light in bathroom.

Staff all very helpful, especially front desk and bell men; but be prepared to waste time resolving problems.
Breakfasts excellent, try the vegetarian scramble, but $5 is pricey for a lukewarm cup of coffee.

Room Tip: Avoid rooms on north side, unless you like looking at roofs and walls of old motels!
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 December 2013

The service, staff, outside pool area, and restaurant are all quite good, but the rooms could certainly do with some updating. There is quite a bit of construction going on that can be bothersome. On the plus side the spa is excellent-- I had a wonderful massage here. The location can't be beat.

Room Tip: The beach facing rooms are quieter, the ones facing the construction are the opposite!
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Elise M
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Reviewed 2 December 2013

The hotel manager allowed the construction company to work through the night. We called to complain and they just told us "we will look into it". Charged us full price to listen to their renovations all night long. If you like to sleep or just enjoy a quite room, look elsewhere.

  • Stayed: November 2013
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Reviewed 24 November 2013

We had 4 to a room and my sister called before hand asked if there was anyway we could have enough space for 4 women and add a cot. The hotel was very accommodating and gave us a corner room which apparently had a lot more space then some of the other rooms. We were easily able to add a cot in there and could add an extra if needed.

The hotel is in a great location and walking distance to everything. We did not need our car at all while there. It is pretty pricey but I think that is what to be expected when you stay at a nice hotel like that.

Each night we enjoyed sitting out by the fire pits with the view of the ocean and great drinks.

The only down side I would say was the pool was extremely crowded and not a lot of seats. We got down there each day early morning and seats were either saved or occupied. Often times we would have to sit poolside and wait for a seat.

I would definitely stay there again! I would give it 5 stars if the pool had a more "resort" type feel to in instead of a long skinny modern feel.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank cbgChicago
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Reviewed 22 November 2013 via mobile

We just finished up a four night stay at the Loews on the beach. Although the staff is very friendly and the location is nice the place is in need of a serious update!

The rug in our ocean view 7th floor room was dirty and stained. The outlet covers in the bathroom were falling off and the pillows were extremely lumpy.

The elevators were very slow and we could hear every noise our neighbors made through the adjoining rooms door. :(

Even though we put out the privacy door sign the maid service team still knocked twice and then proceeded to call, waking us up, to see if we wanted service. There was no shampoo in our room.

I understand paying a premium for Santa Monica near the beach, but this just wasn't worth the rate we paid.

Stayed: November 2013
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Reviewed 21 November 2013

We recently had a family holiday to USA and after doing Disneyland etc, San Diego decided to spend a couple of nights there before heading to Las Vegas. What a beautiful place, our room was overlooking the pool with a view to the beach, WOW!! Our room was very spacious and very clean! Just a short walk to the beach and pier, where there is so much happening. We had an amazing breakfast there with the most amazing view of the beach, ask for an outside table! We left our rental car parked while we were there (which is an additional price) and just walked everywhere. Some really good shopping to be done there!! Finished each day with a soak in the spa pool, beautiful.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 November 2013

My friend and I treated ourselves to a night here after a busy few weeks travelling around the West. The staff were very friendly and the rooms were spacious, comfortable and very clean.
This has to be the best located hotel in in the area, almost right on the beach and only a stones throw from all the great bars, restaurants and shops that Santa Monica has to offer!
The pool area can get rather busy but when your right on the beach this didn't really matter, would highly recommend Loews!

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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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 Green Hotel in Santa Monica
#3 Spa 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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