Ocean View Hotel
What We Love
- Unpretentious low-rise option on a prime slice of Ocean Avenue, just steps from the beach, the famous Santa Monica pier and local boutiques
- Fresh from a top-to-toe revamp; the new look is modern and beachy
- Ocean View rooms are worth the splurge for sundowners on the private balcony
What To Know
- The heart-of-the-action location means some noise from the road and crowds
- Valet parking is available but pricey
- The hotel is 100 percent nonsmoking
- No restaurant, but lots of options nearby
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
The clue is in the name at this smack-dab central Santa Monica sleep, set just a block from the world famous beach. Fresh from a top-to-toe revamp, the new look is modern but laid-back, in a beachy palette of cream, white and sky blue. The 66 guestrooms are on the small side (typical in this part of town), but expertly styled with King or Double beds, 40-inch flat-screen TVs, work desks, tea- and coffeemakers, and stocked minibars (no alcohol). The petite bathrooms have single vanities and over-tub rainfall showerheads. Courtyard and Courtyard balcony rooms are good for light sleepers, but Ocean View balcony rooms are well worth the splurge for the sunset views. There’s no bar or restaurant, but the best of Santa Monica is on your doorstep. Ask the concierge team for their picks, but don’t miss a wander through the Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica Place Mall and serious local eats at the Food Truck Bazaar and Downtown Farmers Market.
In the Area
Take a walk out on the Santa Monica Pier’s wooden planks and you’ll encounter local anglers fishing for mackerel while jugglers, sketch artists and other street performers put their talents on display. If you’re visiting with kids, ride the roller coaster or get a bird’s-eye view of the bay from the solar-powered Ferris wheel. Walk the outdoor shopping center that is the Third Street Promenade, where you’ll find outposts of 7 for All Mankind and Anthropologie, Burberry, Fred Segal and everything in between. For the best burger in town, head to Father’s Office — but be forewarned, the place doesn’t take reservations and there’s always a line. But like much else in SoCal, it’s worth it.
How to Get There
Left the heat of Arizona to spend a week in the cool air of the Pacific Ocean. Three of us rented a room for 5 nights at the Ocean View in Santa Monica and we were not disappointed with anything. First of all we booked a room with 2 beds and private balcony with ocean view. The price was not bad for the fact that the hotel is right by the SM pier and looks right out at the beach and ocean. We had a great desk person named Sonny who got us a perfect 4th floor center room for a super view. Sonny was also there for what seemed like day and night to help with restaurant choices, late check out and just to say hello every time we walked by the desk. Great guy... as were the valet parking people who always got our car pulled up for the day and housekeeping who made sure the room was spotless.The rooms of course have wi-fi, a refrig, plenty of lights and plugs ... and the bath has a nice big glass walk in shower. In all of LA and Santa Monica parking can be tight and you are best to just use the hotel valet service which is about $38 per day, but we found it very worthwhile. The Ocean View has a setup with the Shore Hotel one block south for 20% off breakfast and it is a super place to eat. Good service, good food, opens early (I think 7AM) and you can eat outside by their pool. There is also a good place for Mexican food that is more local than tourist with fair prices and tasty meals. It is called Casa Martin and is about 2 block south of the hotel on the water side of Ocean Ave. Another spot to eat is a very English place called Ye Olde King's Head, just to the north of the hotel and around the corner on Santa Monica Blvd. Many other places, stores, bars, shops etc. and the 3rd street Promenade is all within walking distance. The area is in the center of the nightlife so there are lots of people and there is street noise, but it was clean and safe and at night the hotel room is quiet as long as you close the window and patio door. It is a hotel that after a short time feels like a home away from home. It is a place I am sure we will visit again next time we are in Santa Monica.
I had a wonderful room (two doubles) on the 4th floor with a balcony to sit and just chill. Not on the oceanside but that was fine for me as I went over the weekend of Cinco de Mayo and it would have been noisy street/ocean side.
I was traveling from Cape Cod to my daughters bridal shower in West Lake so this was a nice respite but still in the hub of everything that is beautiful about santa monica (Ocean Ave. is the last Ave you will encounter before the end of the country and the beach is just below.
Plenty of shopping on third street (a quick left out of the hotel lobby, walk a few short blocks and you have shopping heaven). Lots of restaurants but on just across the same side was "Meat" . Great salads, meat, of course, and if you can get it, a table by the very active scene on Ocean Ave. I ate there twice. great staff and food!
A special call out to Gregory and Maria at the Ocean View who were superb in making my stay so nice!
If you want a nice quiet place to get out of the hub bub of L.A. this is truly a wonderful place to cocoon. There are no restaurant facilities but there are snacks and a Keurig in the room as well as coffee in the lobby. A great health food bar with smoothies next door and a plethora of restaurants at your disposal.
What a fantastic location this hotel is in only a 5min stroll to the busy Santa Monica pier ideal spot for great restaurants close by .
We got upgraded without asking because we had a extra person added late on to our trip so the lovely Carlos on reception gave us adjoining rooms overlooking the ocean which made our trip even better .
The rooms were lovely with a fridge stocked with drinks and treats to eat which is a bonus when you rock home at nearly 3am .
All the staff were most helpful making sure we got taxis .
We would all definitely recommend this hotel the rooms are clean and up to date with free WiFi which the lovely Carlos set up for me as I am hopeless at such things .
Breakfast is served a block away at their sister hotel where you get a discount but it's worth the 2 minute stroll .
Highly recommend if your in the area give this hotel a try
Amazing location right in the heart of Santa Monica. For the cost I was expecting some slightly fancier rooms. A bit tired but not too bad. Stayed for three nights but next time would probably only stay if there was a particularly good deal. We pre paid resort fee but be aware this is usually added on for WiFi etc. not sure if this is common in Santa Monica though have seen it in other places. No breakfast on site but get 20% discount off the Shore Hotel nearby. Lollipops in the lobby.
From the day we checked in until our check out, all the staff were very friendly and accommodating. They are very welcome and do their best to address your questions. The place is very close (walking distance) to santa monica pier, downtown santa monica, and santa minica place. Just do note there's an extra destination fee but worth it and highly recommend this place.