Cheap hotels in Santa Monica? You've probably heard about the scary prices hotels in Santa Monica charge.
If you're on a limited budget, you may feel like you'll be left out in the cold (or, rather, the warmth) in Santa Monica.
While Santa Monica is famous for its expensive beach hotels, the truth is that there are cheap hotels here too - and some are even steps from the beach.
The Seaview Hotel is just one block from the beach and historic Santa Monica Pier through a private walkway, and its garden and grounds have been lovingly attended to over the years, giving it a stately, quaint appeal. Rates starting at $125 nightly.
The hotel on trendy, busy Ocean Avenue has 15 minimalist guest rooms that have recently been upgraded with fresh colors, cozy fibers, and trendy furniture, plus a rooftop sun deck.
Each guest room has a kitchenette with a microwave, refrigerator and coffeemaker, and comes with free wireless access, a flat screen TV, daily maid service, and free parking for guests.
The Hotel California in Santa Monica is a laid-back, hacienda style hotel with 26 California-themed rooms (including surfboard headboards) just a minute's walk along a small footpath to the beach and the historic Santa Monica Pier.
The hip So-Cal vibe and matching decor make this hotel one of Santa Monica's most popular places to stay.
Of course, having breakfast included probably helps, too. Rates start at $259 per night.
The Bayside Hotel likes to call itself the "arbiter of fun in the sun" - and for good reason.
Not only does the Bayside have an incredible location going for it, it even has beach bikes so that you can cruise around like the locals.
The simple guest rooms that open along exterior corridors are decorated in soft, soothing tones, with upgraded rooms featuring ocean views, kitchenettes, and patio areas. Rates start at $195 per night.
The Ocean Lodge Hotel sits just a 4-minute walk from the Santa Monica Pier, beaches, and is steps from Tongva Park, the city's newest public park with a playground, fountains, and a picture-perfect overlook of Santa Monica Bay.
The two-story, 1950s-California beach vintage style hotel has been operated by the Gregory family for three generations. Rates start at $199 per night.
The Hotel Carmel reminds me a lot of the smaller European hotels I love so much with their grand but postage-stamp-size entryways and gracious, stately lobbies. It's also within a short walk of some of the finest Santa Monica restaurants on Ocean Avenue, and all the best attractions in Santa Monica. Rates start at $199 per night.
The Seashore Hotel is old-school charming, small (just 19 spacious standard rooms), and perfectly placed on hip-and-happening, historic Main Street, home to great restaurants, art galleries, museums, shops, funky coffee houses and more.
Best of all, it's one of the cheap hotels that is just two blocks from the beach. Rates start at $125 per night.
The 3-story Comfort Inn is about a mile and a half from Santa Monica beach, the Santa Monica Pier, and the 3rd Street Promenade.
But what it lacks in location, it makes up for in price, comfort, cleanliness and amenities. It is a clean, solid place to stay, with ultra comfortable beds, oversized bathrooms, free self-parking and Wi-Fi, and breakfast daily. Rates start at $152 per night.
The Days Inn Santa Monica is about 2 miles from the beach, with a city bus stop just across the street. Breakfast is included daily with your room. And so is complimentary gym access, so you can keep your beach bod toned. Rates start at $152 per night.
Even if the Wyndham Santa Monica was a cheap hotel flophouse, there are three reasons I'd stay here: Location, location, location.
The Wyndham, thankfully, bears no resemblance to a flop house. In fact, the freshly renovated, 132 guest rooms provide the amenities to feel comfortable and at home away from home. Rates start at $237 per night.
Cheap hotels abound in Santa Monica. Compare prices and locations to find the perfect place to stay during your vacation on a shoestring budget.
There are lots of other cheap Santa Monica hotels. But these are the ones I can vouch for. If you're on a limited budget, I'm pretty sure you'd be happy at the hotels detailed above.