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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Simply the greatest place on Earth. No words could truly describe the tremendous and  phenomenal experience , service and Vibe of the Hotel California. My family and I just returned from our 16th year in a row visit to California and stay at the hotel California. Each year when you think you've had the greatest time of your life and... More 

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Carrollton, Ohio
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

What a true feel of 1960-70 SoCal, If you want Ritz Carlton modern amenities, stay away and let us young at heart reserve the rooms. It is an older hotel, but kept very clean inside and outside. Great location to EVERYTHING you'd want to do and see in the town. We felt like family from the moment we stepped into... More 

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Hotel Californi... S, Front Office Manager at The Hotel California, responded to this review

Bobbi, We are so grateful for this incredibly thoughtful review. So glad that you guys discovered our hotel and enjoyed all that our local area has to offer. You three are now the official Ohio Hotel California ambassadors! You have my card, so please don't hesitate to email or call the next time you decide to head out west. Both... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great location and price. The people working thier are very helpful. Not the most modern place but it is fun. Walk to the beach and Santa Monica Pier. Park is on a first come bases qnd cost $35.00, which is not uncommon.

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Hotel Californi... S, Front Office Manager at The Hotel California, responded to this review

Great location, price, staff, and fun - what more could you ask for?! We take pride in being a cool, throwback California style hotel. So glad you enjoyed your stay with us! Thanks, - James More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed at this hotel for a 7 day business trip,great hotel, great service! shout out to James! for an AWESOME customer service! This hotel is a few hundred steps from the beach and I could hear the waves every morning as soon as I stepped out from my door. The mattress was very comfortable. I highly recommend this place.

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Fallbrook, California
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have stayed at this hotel many times in the past. This stay just didn't live up to my expectations. First off, I am handicapped with a service dog. They put us on the second floor. The shower was either freezing or scalding hot , I decided it better to freeze. The water pressure was bad as well. The power... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we checked in on Thursday night with a couple of friends for one night. the hotel is in a great location. Working (and also managing) in the hospitality business for a long time I can tell you that this people have no idea of what Hospitality means, we understand that the hotel is old of course, BUT FOR 300$$$ per... More 

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Airlie Beach, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

To budget on our honeymoon we had to accept that the fancy places were out of reach so we went for what seemed a quirky fun hotel in a great location. What we did love was the location, 1 block back from the beach was amazing! And the theme was cool, we really liked it! However, a few negatives: -on... More 

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The Villages, Florida
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The number one thing about this place is its great location just down from the Santa Monica pier. It's inexpensive for the area, but don't expect 5 star facilities. Rooms are small,but you won't spend time there anyway. There is no breakfast included but there is 24 hour coffee which is nice. Just steps from the beach, the pier and... More 

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Hotel Californi... S, Front Office Manager at The Hotel California, responded to this review

Scott, Thanks so much for leaving us the great review! it means a lot coming from such an experienced traveler as yourself. Please feel free to email me directly (james@hotelca.com) the next time you come to Santa Monica and need a room. I'll be sure to take care of a returning discount, along with a nice upgrade. All the Best,... More 

Sacramento, California
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went for the American film market., USA 310 a night, was mediocre, with coffee and tea in the lobby and bananas. Small bathroom, for the price was not all that impressed.didnt even have a sea view, thanks to kurtis and carter, friendly guys, that make you feel welcomed

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Walk to Santa Monica pier, lots of restaurant and shopping options near by. On site parking, great central place in La. Hotel has neat and clean rooms. Great staff, I left my headphones in the draw in my room 2 days later they were still there and staff held them for me to organise a pick up. Thank you very... More 

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Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers, roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica pier spins high above the water, while park revelers scream with delight riding the roller coaster. Inland from the beach, Third Street Promenade bustles with shoppers and street performers, where every block seems to have a musical or acrobatic act drawing crowds giving Santa Monica both the feeling of a laid-back beach town and a major commercial hub.
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Amenities

Highlights
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Beachfront
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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In your room
  • Refrigerator in room
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
Services
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Laundry Service
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Located steps from the beach and from the famous Santa Monica Pier, this world-famous hotel offers complimentary coffee, tea, fruit, WiFi, laundry room, as well as a private beach pathway! Experience the laid back California lifestyle as it should be. Moments from the shopping and dining, Third Street Promenade, Venice and Muscle Beach. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Hotel California

Address: 1670 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3212
Region: United States > California > Santa Monica > Santa Monica
Price Range: $254 - $418 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — The Hotel California 2*
Number of rooms: 36
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Also Known As:
California Hotel Santa Monica
Hotel California Santa Monica
California Santa Monica
Hotel Style:
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Monica
#15 Romantic Hotel in Santa Monica
#17 Family Hotel in Santa Monica
#17 Business Hotel in Santa Monica
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See which rooms travellers prefer

“Ask to stay away from Laundry area.”
 of 5 bubbles BobbiFair, 30 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Stay in Room 29A, on the ocean side with no noise, and the bed was separate from the "living room" area.”
 of 5 bubbles IsaacB672, 7 Nov 2016 | Read review
“try to get a room in the back, the front overlooks Ocean Avenue which is fairly busy”
 of 5 bubbles , 20 Oct 2016 | Read review
“If you are adverse to street noise then ask for a room away from the road.”
 of 5 bubbles kiwihappydragonlady, 14 Oct 2016 | Read review
“I understand the rooms in the back are quieter.”
 of 5 bubbles D4578YLdonnak, 9 Oct 2016 | Read review
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