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DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Santa Monica

Well maintained property in downtown Santa Monica

If you want to stay in downtown Santa Monica but not right on the beach, this is a pretty good choice. The hotel is modern and well-maintained, and the property is within walking distance to most restaurants and businesses as well as public transportation. (Only downside is that it sits right on the 10 Freeway, which can be busy and noisy.) The hotel is a bit of a panopticon - if you have an interior room, remember to draw your blinds or someone will end up peeking in on you. Front desk staff seemed overwhelmed when i checked in and checked out, but this didn't otherwise affect my overall stay.

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6 months ago


Channel Road Inn

Beautiful B&B near Santa Monica Pier

Wished we could have stayed longer. Rachel was very welcoming & helped us locate a spot on the beach for dinner. I think the bed was the most comfortable I've ever slept in. Breakfast was served buffet style with a delicious assortment of foods to choose from.

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2 years ago


Hampton Inn & Suites Santa Monica

Nice hotel, close to the beach and shopping

Nice hotel, close to the beach and shopping. Decent breakfast. Parking valet and baggage storage. Friendly staff. Clean rooms.

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11 months ago


Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City

Perfect as a part of The Universal Studios experie

Easy to find. Daily parking rate, in and out privileges. Best thing to do is to simply park your car and take the shuttle to Universal Studios them park or Citiwalk. Shuttles are 15 mins apart from 9am-9pm. Staff are courteous and professional. Parts of the hotel give away its age. Carpeting in room can use some TLC. Overall, a pleasant experience.

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4 months ago

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Hotels in Santa Monica, California

Urban adventurers and outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate all that Santa Monica has to offer. The city is located on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, 8 miles west of Los Angeles and 2 miles south of the Topanga State Park. Santa Monica is filled with hotels, eclectic art galleries, boutique shops and a variety of eateries that will keep everyone satisfied. To plan your vacation, visit to find the lowest possible rates on hotels, rental cars and hotels.

Downtown Santa Monica

Santa Monica has a vibrant downtown area, and the Third Street Promenade is at the heart of it all. From farmers’ markets to street performers, this area of Santa Monica always has something to see and do. This part of the city is also home to a skating rink, Reed Park, movie theaters, bookstores, a bike center and a variety of shops and restaurants. Spend some time in Bloomingdale’s or Nordstrom’s before grabbing a nosh at Jinky’s Café or Buca di Beppo.

The Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows ( is located on Wilshire Boulevard and Ocean Avenue, directly across the Santa Monica State Beach Park. The hotel combines its historic roots with modern elegance to provide a sophisticated and inviting atmosphere for its guests. Guests have access to the hotel’s swimming pool, ocean views, on-site health club and FIG Restaurant, run by famed chef Ray Garcia. Room rates start at $305 per night.

Hotel Shangri-La ( is located on Ocean Avenue near Arizona Avenue. The retro-style building has been offering expansive views of the Pacific Ocean from every room and suite since 1939. It also features an elevated pool with a poolside bar, private cabanas and a rooftop bar. Room rates start at $264 per night.

Other downtown hotels include the Georgian Hotel ( with rates starting at $228 per night, the Ocean View Hotel ( with rates starting at $179 per night and the Shore Hotel ( with rates starting at $245 per night.

Santa Monica Pier

The Santa Monica Pier is one of the city’s most popular places to hang out. It’s a place to play, shop, dine and just have fun on the beach. As you stroll down the pier, you can visit the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, take a ride on the carousel or Ferris wheel, play games at the arcade or grab a bite at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company.

The Holiday Inn Santa Monica Beach At the Pier Hotel ( is located on Colorado Avenue, just a short walk from the pier entrance. The hotel features a rooftop pool, on-site health club and porter service, and children always eat for free at the hotel restaurant. Room rates start at $209 per night.

The Hotel California is located just a short distance from the entrance to the pier on Ocean Avenue. The hotel features comfortable rooms with in-room refrigerators and coffee makers so you can take your time in the mornings. Room rates start at $179 per night.

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Santa Monica is a laid-back city but is filled with energy. Once you visit this place, you’ll want to return year after year. From affordable Santa Monica hotels to value-priced airfares, can help you save money on your travel so you can spend it making memories.