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The Hotel California
Ranked #19 of 36 Hotels in Santa Monica
Sydney
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Location! Location! Location!”
Reviewed 24 June 2014

Upon arrival we were greeted with such friendly and helpful staff who instantly described the hotel to us as "chilled". My expectations were exceeded once I had a look around the hotel grounds and my room! - unlike any other hotel I had been before. It was chilled and relaxing with it's own sense of Californian style. Although the cost is not actually that cheap (roughly $250 a night) - it was much cheaper than other Santa Monica accommodation. Plus Hotel California has the best location! Do not expect a modern hotel with all the extras - Its a simple clean, friendly, relaxing and stylish hotel right across the road from Santa Monica pier!

  • Stayed June 2014
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Hotel Californi... S, Front Office Manager at The Hotel California, responded to this review, 25 June 2014
Greetings Lucy! "Unlike any other hotel I had been before" - thanks for the lovely review! Best Location, Friendly Staff, Best beds! You picked the hotel that didn't pick your pocket! Please visit us direct at hotelca.com for a great return rate to the hotel! James Broome, Front Office Manager
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

What an awesome weekend at Hotel California! First time my wife and I have stayed there and we WILL be back. We had one of the Alcove rooms and the view looking at Santa Monica Pier was fantastic. This IS BEACH life! Steps away from Santa Monica Beach. Room was spotless and great. Staff is unbelievable!! Katie and Aaron were both great and smiles galore! Muffins at breakfast were to die for, and 24 hour coffee that met Starbucks standards!! Thanks to HC for such a memorable weekend!

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hotel Californi... S, Front Office Manager at The Hotel California, responded to this review, 23 June 2014
Jim from Arizona!! Thanks for the great review. You picked the hotel that doesn't pick your pocket! We look forward to hosting you on your next visit - please call us direct or go to hotelca.com and we'll arrange a great return rate! James Broome, Front Office Manager
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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Reviewed 20 June 2014

Came into town for my buddies wedding and found this spot. I thought the location was prime and walking distance to the beach. I like the Cali style throughout and the vines outside the hotel. The staff was welcoming, knowledgeable and courteous. My room had a decent view and the room was very clean. I would recommend Hotel Cali Santa Monica because the awesome staff, nice room and great location. I would defiantly stay here again. Thanks James and Aaron for helping me with all the places to check out. They were all on point!!!

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
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Hotel Californi... S, Front Office Manager at The Hotel California, responded to this review, 23 June 2014
Hey Lyle! I appreciate the review and am glad you and your friends had a great time. You hit it right on the head - as the hotel owner THE DUDE says, "Best Location, Best Prices, Best Beds." Look forward to seeing you again, please call me direct at the hotel for a great rate 310.393.2363
- James Broome, Front Office Manager
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Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 June 2014 via mobile

If your idea if a great hotel is a chain brand with all the usual bland trimmings, then don't stay here. BUT if you want location, character, personality, and something interesting to tell your friends about your trip when you get home, then this is the place for you. We have just spent 3 weeks travelling around the USA and got off to the best possible start by spending 3 nights at Hotel California. James and the staff could not have been more helpful on our arrival after a long flight - thank you so much. Our room was comfortable with a bonus view of the ocean, continental breakfast in the lobby was great, free wifi, fridge, coffee maker and safe in room. Staff were all friendly and happy (a good sign!). A short walk took us to the beach, pier and Santa Monica shopping. It was everything we were looking for so many thanks again to James and the team and hope to stay with you again next time in LA.

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hotel Californi... S, Front Office Manager at The Hotel California, responded to this review, 23 June 2014
Hello Fiona! So glad you had a great stay with us at The Hotel California. It was a pleasure hosting you and thank you for writing such a kind review. You picked the hotel that doesn't pick our pocket! Warm reards, James Broome, Front Office Manager
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Brooklyn, NY
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47 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 June 2014

If you are looking for luxury accommodations this is probably not the place for you. On the other hand, if you are up for a fun, laid back beach hotel this place is perfect. The staff is crazy nice and even had a welcome note written on the chalkboard waiting for me upon check in. The room was larger than most NYC apartments and was steps from the beach. Wifi was free and there was fruit, muffins and yogurt in the lobby in the morning. There wasn't much in the way of amenities beyond that but for the price and location this place is great.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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Hotel Californi... S, Front Office Manager at The Hotel California, responded to this review, 18 June 2014
Thank you so much for the kind review, City Girl! You picked the hotel that didn't pick your pocket. So glad you enjoyed our great location and comfy rooms. Please call me direct at the hotel 310.393.2363 for a great return rate! James Broome, Front Office Manager
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LA
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 June 2014

Sorry to be negative, but this hotel charges unreasonable rates for a lousy motel room. The location is fantastic, but that's it. The $36 parking fee for a tiny spot on a steep incline that scraped the bottom of my car is not a good start. The room was tiny, run-down, and dark. The shower would have been at home at the county prison. The hotel tried achingly hard to impart California cool (?) with surf boards and, incongruously, movie posters in the rooms. I suppose the owners are trying to distract the guests from realizing they paid $300+ for what amounts to a seedy motel room. Seems to attract a lot of guests from outside the U.S. whom I'm guessing are duped into thinking "Hotel California" offers quintessential California cool. It doesn't.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
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1 Thank travelerfromLA2011
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Hotel Californi... S, Front Office Manager at The Hotel California, responded to this review, 18 June 2014
Our guests typically praise our BeautyRest mattresses, but clearly one can still wake up on the wrong side of the bed! As our history shows, our guests love that they pick the hotel that doesn't pick their pockets; free California breakfast, free WiFi, free coffee/tea/fruit 24/7, free laundry with soap. Please just look at all our other great TripAdvisor reviews to get a fair evaluation of The Hotel California!
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Pinole, California
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 June 2014

Yes this Is a boutique hotel. The 8 car parking lot and small lobby work well to greet the hotels guests, just not if they all come at the same time. The rooms are accessed from the outside after passing through the hotel gate and through the courtyard. We had two rooms, one for grandpa and grandma which was located on the ground floor and was very nice. Their room had two double beds and a nice sized bathroom and was quite clean. Our room had two queens one of which was in a separate bedroom which worked well for our 5 & 7 year old daughters.
The hotel is located just one block from the beach with very easy access via an outdoor stairwell.
We could see the ocean from our second story suite which was situated above a nearby house (there are several houses located right next to this place).
The Santa Monica pier is a 5 minute walk away where you will find several restaurants and a smallish amusement park and lots of vendors selling misc. clothes and what nots.
We did get a free breakfast which consisted of a few choices of packaged pastries, fresh fruit, yoghurt, coffee, tea and orange juice which was all served down in the small lobby.
All in all it worked well for our group, and we will definitely stay again.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Hotel Californi... S, Front Office Manager at The Hotel California, responded to this review, 16 June 2014
Greetings, Adrian! Thank you for the great review. We're about the best rooms at the best price with the BEST LOCATION. Congrats - you picked the hotel that doesn't pick your pocket! Upon your return, please call me direct at the hotel 310.393.2363 for a great rate! James Broome, Front Office Manager
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Property: The Hotel California
Address: 1670 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3212
Region: United States > California > Santa Monica > Santa Monica
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Monica
#15 Romantic Hotel in Santa Monica
#17 Business Hotel in Santa Monica
#17 Family Hotel in Santa Monica
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2 star — The Hotel California 2*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located steps from the beach and from the famous Santa Monica Pier, this world-famous hotel offers complimentary coffee, tea, fruit, WiFi, as well as a private beach pathway! Experience the laid back California lifestyle as it should be. Moments from the shopping and dining, Third Street Promenade, Venice and Muscle Beach. ... more   less 
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