We want to spend 1.5 days near the beach with two teenage girls. We want to stay at a place that is close to the beach, has good dining options and nice areas to walk around. We want clean, functional rooms that are in a safe, pleasant environment (not looking for luxuries). I found Hotel Carmel in Santa Monica and either the Hilton Garden or the Marriott on Washington Blvd in Marina Del Rey/Venice to be in our price range. Based on the reviews, it appears the Marriott and the Hilton may offer better rooms. However, the proximity to the SM attractions makes the Carmel attractive. I am not familiar with the environments around these hotels. I would appreciate any input on these choices or any others that you would suggest. Thanks in advance for your help.