Welcome to the Hotel California


No, this is not the Hotel California - the one immortalized in the Eagles' 1977 hit song. There isn't one, according to band members.

But if it were a real place, the Santa Monica Hotel California would likely be it.

The  2-story hotel features 26 rock-and-roll and surfer-inspired guest rooms (expect things like surfboard headboards and guitars on the walls) - and its private beach pathway from the quaint Spanish courtyard.



The Hotel's Prime Location is a Short Walk From Santa Monica's Top Attractions

The Hotel California, Santa Monica.The Hotel California, Santa Monica.

In addition to being a value-priced hotel, with a distinctly California vibe, the Hotel California is within walking distance of many top Santa Monica attractions.

In fact, Travel + Leisure magazine called it "One of the top three affordable hotels in Los Angeles."

It's also worth noting that the Hotel California is a budget-friendly alternative to its larger, higher-priced neighbors, such as Shutters on the Beach and the Loews Hotel.


It is just a short walk from here to the Santa Monica Pier and beach, and to the 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica's premiere outdoor, pedestrian-only shopping center.

As an added plus: the Hotel California is directly across the street from Chez Jay, Santa Monica's fabled dive bar and restaurant that serves up some of the best steaks and seafood around.

This is a good thing, as the Hotel California doesn't have a restaurant of its own.

Hotel California Guest Rooms

The hotel's 26 recently renovated guest rooms are comfy, in a welcome-to-the-beach-house kind of way.

In a decorative nod to the hotel's California origins, you'll also find movie posters, vintage Hawaiian prints, or guitars adorning guest room walls.

Surfboard headboards, cozy 400-thread-count sheets, and hardwood floors round out the laid-back decor.

In-room Wi-fi is complimentary.  And each guest room has a mini-refrigerator to help you chill after a long day at the beach.

Oh yes, and about those wet board shorts and towels you're sure to amass during a stay here .... guests also have free use of laundry facilities and laundry soap.


Hotel Details:

Nightly room rates start at $132. For more information or to book a room, contact reservations at 866-571-0000; or contact the hotel directly at 310-393-2363. You can also visit the hotel's website here.

Wondering when is the best time to visit? Check out When to Visit Santa Monica. 

Get a guide to Santa Monica attractions here.




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