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
The staff here is top notch! Very accommodating, helpful and friendly. Tania was a dream with everything she helped us with, Luis is exceptional and very personable. Very clean accommodations. Best place to stay in Santa Monica.
We booked a king Oceanside room with balcony which I’d recommend. This hotel is in an ideal location on Santa Monica seafront with great views of the pier and short walk into town. There is a road in between but the traffic noise is minimal with the windows closed. The room was large with a good bed and shower.
Two small negatives: the balcony needed renovation and cleaning and the hotel’s valet parking was $44 a day which was very steep. Hotel was a reasonable rate for area but this pushed the price up.
This hotel is just wonderful!
The staff is amazing
They cater for everything you ask and more. Always keen to help. The only thing they couldn't help me with is the weather (it is June Gloom)
Nevertheless, room are very comfortable and large. Great view. I really can't fault this and I would stay here again, no doubt!
Hotel was great - staff was super friendly and helpful... especially Sonny and Tania - they were very accommodating and I would recommend this spot for everyone! Can't beat the location! I never pulled my rental out - walked everywhere... I will def be back!
I am actually a Santa Monica resident and due to some major water damage to my apartment (no fault of mine, I promise) I was "temporally relocated" and ended up at the Ocean View Hotel. I am about to start my third week here, and the experience has been so wonderful, I joined trip advisor just so I could share my experience so far.
First, the hotel itself is adorable. It has this great beachy/Cali vibe. The rooms are also so cute and extremely clean. The beds are super comfy and the bathroom is amaze! Waterfall shower, soft towels. Literally I have zero complaints.
Most importantly the staff here are the nicest people I think I have ever encountered in LA. I have lived here 10 years and everyone has gone out of their way to make me feel at home. I've stayed a bit longer than the average guest and honestly, when my apartment has been fixed it will be hard to leave. I love being here and around these great people. Make sure to keep an eye out for my favs, Luis, Sonny, Joe, Jerald and Prudence. They specifically have gone above and beyond to make sure I've been taken care of and have what I need while Im here.
This Hotel is beautiful, well priced, on the beach, and filled with the best crew you will find in SaMo. 4realz!