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“Last resort accommodation”
Review of Ocean Lodge Hotel

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Ocean Lodge Hotel
Ranked #31 of 36 Hotels in Santa Monica
Melbourne, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Last resort accommodation”
Reviewed 4 August 2011

We got stuck looking for accommodation in LA due to changes to our flights made by Virgin. Options for the last minute arrangements were limited due to the increased number of bookings during the American summer season. With only a mobile phone to search the net and make this booking, we chose the Ocean Lodge because it was mid price range ($240 AUD a night) and close to Santa Monica Pier. We read the reviews and NONE mentioned it was on a 6 lane highway! The traffic noise was unbearable. There was also a dreadful diner next door that played horrible live music until 2am further adding to the inability to sleep. The walls were also paper thin so you could most of what was going on around you and in the hall outside. There is a vast expanse of wasteland around the motel and the accommodation was ultra basic (think motel NOT hotel).
The staff were great - helpful and informative - but this place was not worth the money paid. The pillows were old and flat, the shower had NO water pressure (think a minimal leak), there was hair in the shower and dental floss on the sticky carpet and the fridge sounded like a jet engine. The underside of the bed was hanging down and the rooms are generally run down. The website is super misleading claiming it was newly renovated (maybe in 1994) and that they had a deal with a nearby hotel for use of their pool and health club. What they fail to mention is that this would cost you $25 USD per person per visit!
Pay the extra and stay elsewhere.

Room Tip: Do not ask for the sea view room. it is the cloest to the highway and the noisiest!
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 July 2011

We didn't want to pay an arm and a leg to stay in Santa Monica so we drove up to this motel saw the room and thought the price was good. The person @ the front desk said the room had a queen size bed and a twin but the queen was more like a full size. It's on a really busy and noisy street and parking is very difficult and limited but other than that it was clean and within walking distance to everything. I wouldn't mind staying there again.

  • Stayed July 2011
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London, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2011

Good location, 2 minute walk to muscle beach & Santa Monica pier. 5 minute walk to town centre. Easy access to Hollywood, Beverley Hills.
Hotel very basic, but clean. Certainally not a chandelier and spa resort, but perfect if your trip is for exploring the area.
Chez Jay bar next door was ok for food and drink, but there are plenty of really good places in the town centre.
Hop on hop off tour buses run from Santa Monica pier, really worth doing.
Wish I was still there, enjoy !!!

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with family
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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 2011

Last hotel of our trip and the worst by far. The best thing about it is the location and the fact that there were 2 rooms - if you have a family with you. Other than that the rooms & bathroom were very worn. Stained carpet. Cracked tiles. Probably was clean - but looked dubious.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with family
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Mexico City, Mexico
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 March 2011

Great value, close to the pier and shops. The girl at the front desk was great help with tourist activities. A bit small but comfortable.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Corona, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 March 2011

I stay in Ocean Lodge Hotel for one week and I had nothing, but good experiance while staying there. The staff were very kind and my room was clean, sheets, towels, and bathroom especially. Location is perfect averything is walking distance go to restaurants, shopping stores and the pier is just across the street.

I must say that I really enjoyed staying in Ocean Lodge Hotel and if I ever came back to Santa Monica I will love to stay there again....! :)

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 4 March 2011

I have stayed at Ocean lodge on more than one occasion and each time I have stayed I have been extremely pleased with my stay. If you are looking for a place that is seconds away from Santa Monica pier and extremely close to shopping, food etc. then this place will meet your mark. I loved the easy access to the beach and the 3rd Street Promenade is a pretty cool place as well.

For breakfast my husband, our friends and I all went to Chez Jay Restaurant right next door to the hotel; pretty good way to start our day.

The staff at the front desk are all super knowledgeable about the area and are willing to assist you with anything. The rooms were spacious enough for 2 couples to be comfortable in and very clean and well kept.

I have worked in customer service/hospitality for 8+ years and I have zero complaints about this hotel. I continue to talk about this hotel to everyone I know. I will be back!!! Thank you for continuing to make my trips to the beach perfect.

-Sarah

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with friends
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1 Thank love2judge
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Additional Information about Ocean Lodge Hotel

Property: Ocean Lodge Hotel
Address: 1667 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3211
Region: United States > California > Santa Monica > Santa Monica
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#17 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Monica
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3 star — Ocean Lodge Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ocean Lodge is located in the heart of Santa Monica, just steps away from the Santa Monica Beach, World famous Santa Monica Pier and the popular 3rd Street Promenade. Just the perfect location, courteous service, great rooms and modest pricing makes us "The Travelers Best Choice" We may be small in size but we are Big on service. Customer satisfaction is our commitment and guarantee to you. ... more   less 
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