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Cotswolds
Reviewed yesterday NEW

I really loved this small hotel - it got into my good books even before we arrived, with the manager James emailing me promptly and very helpfully in response to some queries I had about getting to Union Station LA early in the morning. Very well done! It's an interesting, quirky place and the location is superb - it has...

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It's interesting how an opinion of a place can be formed in an instant. Since I was staying with family, I didn't stay at THC but excitedly went there to see it, take pictures, and buy some souvenirs. I only knew of the song and didn't know this was a place! until I was looking for things to do in...

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New Zealand
Reviewed 6 days ago NEWvia mobile

We knew what we were getting with Hotel California. A quaint 60's run down hotel (not too expensive) offering the best location both in terms of shopping, restaurants and beach. And it lived up to quirky reputation. Furniture old but comfortable. Decoration of room in keeping. Only problem we had was slow in intermittent wifi which they should fix. Do...

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Henderson
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took a trip to Santa Monica to see the pier which is the end of The Mother Road Route 66. The Hotel California is a five minute walk to the famous pier and beach. The hotel can be described as a boutique hotel, older but very well maintained. Soo convenient to the pier, beach, restaurants, and the Hop on...

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Hotel Californi... S, Front Office Manager at The Hotel California, responded to this review

Joyce, We really appreciate the time taken to give us this great review. You really did your research and ended up saving a lot of money by staying with us. As you mentioned, most hotels in Santa Monica can be very pricey. We strive to offer some of the best deals on the beach, along with our unique hardwood floors...

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fabulous place to stay ... ticked all the boxes!! So handy to everything...restaurants, shops,the Pier, beach, bike hire... music theme in our unit great .... 100% recommend Hotel California as great place to stay when in L.A.

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Hotel Californi... S, General Manager at The Hotel California, responded to this review

You're the best, Viv! We are so happy that you loved your stay with us. Guests like you are the reason we are able to have such a unique and awesome hotel. Feel free to call us directly on your return for an upgrade on the house! All the Best, - James

Ibiza, Spain
Reviewed 1 week ago

Keep in mind the 4 out of 5 review is relative. It is not a five star traditional hotel. It is an older hotel that is in decent condition, decently clean, in an amazing location, with a generally good staff that genrously offers up basic amenities and has invested in good comfortable bedding. Hotel California was more quiet than I...

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Southend on Sea
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After the hustle and bustle of downtown LA we moved to the Hotel California and what a change! This isn't some posh fancy hotel but what you do get is an interesting clean room that's decked out with music themes and a guitar on the wall, the staff at reception couldn't have been more helpful, tea coffee, hot chocolate and...

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Hotel Californi... S, Front Office Manager at The Hotel California, responded to this review

Tailzer, We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed our newly refurbished, rock n' roll themed rooms! We strive to be a bit different than most hotels in the area. Our character, theme, and charm are unmatched in the Santa Monica area! Thanks so much for the great review. All the Best, - James

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Room was great, wished they had coffee pots in the room and parking wasn't so expensive, but everything was wonderful. Just a short walk to the beach and Pier Beds were great!! Room was very comfortable

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Hotel Californi... S, General Manager at The Hotel California, responded to this review

Zenash, Thanks for the four-star review. We're happy to hear that everything was wonderful. Keep in mind that we offer complimentary, fresh coffee in the lobby 24 hours a day. In addition, our parking rates are very competitive, especially for being so close to the beach and Santa Monica Pier. Just remember, if coming to Santa Monica, our location, price,...

Western Australia, Australia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am a return guest to Hotel California in Santa Monica. The location keeps you in walking distance to many places, restaurants, and few steps from the beach and Pier. the staff, James, Curtis and Carter, are exceptionally friendly, helpful and hospitable, helping with luggage, any queries or requests you have, having a chat. Always a pleasure being greeted by...

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Hotel Californi... S, Front Office Manager at The Hotel California, responded to this review

Maria, We cannot thank you enough for being such a phenomenal guest, and an even better person. Having you stay with us was such a delight, and absolutely made everyone's day just that much better. We can't wait to have you back to stay with us. Please be sure to shoot us an email or call us directly when the...

lake maquarie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I booked this place because of its name. We were travelling from San Fran by car on our way to vegas (yer road trip) and wanted the beachy California feel with that eagles rock vibe. This place does that, it's always got a story to tell,either with its placards and surf boards regaling quotes from people who have stayed or...

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Hotel Californi... S, Front Office Manager at The Hotel California, responded to this review

Doctor Hall, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. You definitely chose the right hotel for the vibe of your California road trip. The Hotel California is rich with history, which can be uniquely felt in each and every room. The Ratpack, Eagles, and Bob Dylan are just a few of the iconic names that you'll...

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Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers, roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica pier spins high above the water, while park revelers scream with delight riding the roller coaster. Inland from the beach, Third Street Promenade bustles with shoppers and street performers, where every block seems to have a musical or acrobatic act drawing crowds giving Santa Monica both the feeling of a laid-back beach town and a major commercial hub.
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Amenities

Highlights
  • Beachfront
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Suites
In your room
  • Refrigerator in room
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Services
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Laundry Service
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, laundry room, 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 

Additional Information about The Hotel California

Address: 1670 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3212
Region: United States > California > Santa Monica > Santa Monica
Price Range: RM1,094 - RM1,630 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — The Hotel California 2*
Number of rooms: 36
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Also Known As:
California Hotel Santa Monica
Hotel California Santa Monica
California Santa Monica
Hotel Style:
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Monica
#15 Romantic Hotel in Santa Monica
#17 Family Hotel in Santa Monica
#17 Business Hotel in Santa Monica
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“I'd pay a little extra to get one of the corner suites if I were you. 37 was lovely - quiet, too.”
MerryH17, 28 Apr 2017 | Read review
“There are a few suites available for bigger families”
dacz1, 21 Apr 2017 | Read review
“go somewhere else”
halw657, 30 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Maybe ask for a room that is not on the front of the hotel so that you don't hear street traffic.”
krystynrh, 27 Feb 2017 | Read review
“If you can't do stairs, ask for a first-floor room.”
Paola010, 25 Feb 2017 | Read review
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