The Hotel California

3 star hotel


1670 Ocean Avenue Santa MonicaSee nearby area


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Lonely Planet review

Built in the 1940s, this cheerful yellow, squeaky-clean place is only steps from the sand. Surf-inspired decor, hardwood floors, luxury mattresses, super friendly staff and free email ensure a great stay, except in cheaper rooms that face the busy street.

No, it's not the hotel the Eagles sang about (that's on a dark desert highway and this is just steps from the ocean), but it's as close as you can get in Santa Monica to a taste of the SoCal surf lifestyle of beachside bungalows, admittedly for a pretty penny. The compact rooms have a crisp, cool air with wide windows and Arts-and-Crafts-inspired details. That said, given busy Ocean Ave outside and the beach below, you might want to look elsewhere if you need a quiet night's sleep. Instead, this is a place for people looking to mix with fellow guests in the Spanish-style courtyard, hidden off an alleyway between busy Ocean Ave and the beachfront. The hotel rents extended-stay suites if you'd care to stay a month or two. Book well in advance.

Our independent authors have visited The Hotel California and selected this as one of our recommended hotels in Santa Monica.

Services & facilities

  • Non-smoking
    • Designated smoking area
    • Non-smoking throughout
    • Non-smoking rooms
  • Family
    • Family rooms
  • Accessibility
    • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Outdoor space
    • Terrace
    • Garden
  • Guest services
    • 24-hour front desk
  • Wi-Fi/internet access
    • Free WiFi
    • WiFi
    • Internet services
  • Parking
    • Available

Description provided by property

This boutique California hotel is one-half mile from the Santa Monica Beach and Santa Monica Pier. It offers free Wi-Fi, a Spanish courtyard and Hawaiian-themed rooms with surfboard headboards.

Flat-screen TVs, a small fridge and in-room safe are standard in every room at Hotel California. Each warmly decorated room has hardwood floors and vintage Hawaiian art prints.

The Hotel California Santa Monica features a private path to the beach and offers a free continental breakfast with coffee, tea and fruit all day. Guests have free use of a lobby computer internet terminal and a guest laundry with soap.

Venice Beach is 1.3 miles from The Hotel California. Third Street Promenade is just 10 minutes’ walk away. University of California Los Angeles is 6 miles away.

Important information

Upon check-in photo identification and credit card are required. All special requests are subject to availability upon check-in. Special requests cannot be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

Please contact the property about parking rates and details. Space is limited and parking is on a first come, first serve basis.

Please note: Free Wi-Fi is available for basic applications. Additional bandwidth is available for an additional fee.

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