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
First off the hotel staff and manager were super helpful and friendly, everything we needed was in walking distance including the Santa Monica pier. The sunset view from our balcony was spectacular, the room was really nice, clean and the shower was great. We will definitely be back.
My husband and I have been loving our stay here. The location is fantastic and surrounded by all of the places we’ve wanted to go during our stay. Amazing ocean views across the street, fantastic shopping, & several restaurant options. Loved the included amenities like the bike rentals which allowed us to ride along the coast for fantastic views. The cookies at the front desk were a fun little surprise too. Our room has been quiet, clean, and comfortable. And the hotel lobby and hallways smell amazing, which I feel is rare to find. Finally, the staff has been very friendly. I typically stick to hotel chains when traveling because I’ve had several bad experiences with smaller/independent/boutique hotels, but Ocean View has exceeded our expectations and we will be back!
In town for a Iron Maiden Concert and a Rams game, 2 night stay
Reserved an Ocean View, didn't get it. Instead had a first floor chlorine smelling room
with AC that did not work.
Front desk people were nice, but unhelpful. Said they had no rooms like the one that I had reserved months earlier. Then another sorry, but no other rooms with an AC that worked.
No accommodation in money, again on 2nd night even though room type was not honored. AC did work on day 2. Something wrong with the 'eco' setting on thermostat.
Hall was dingy and smelly, carpet was well worn. Just not that great a hotel for the money.
Bartender was apologetic, no one seemed too concerned about anything though. No returned phone calls from front desk or manager.
Just left a bad taste in my mouth.
Santa Monica, still my go to neighborhood in LA, just not staying here again.