Welcome to the Hotel California
Santa Monica

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

Don Henley has instead called it an allegory to "our interpretation of the high life in Los Angeles". Whatever that means.

But if it was a real place, this Santa Monica hotel would likely be it. The  2-story, Cali-style hotel features 26 rock-and-roll and surfer-inspired guests rooms (expect things like surfboard headboards and guitars on the walls) - and its own private beach pathway from the quaint Spanish courtyard.

All of the hotels on Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica are within just a few blocks of the world famous Santa Monica Pier; however, it is the closest at just a half-block away from the famous entryway arch.

It is also one of the best hotel deals in Santa Monica for the price and prime location near some of the best Santa Monica attractions.

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

It should also be noted that the hotel is a budget-friendly alternative to its larger, high-priced neighbors like Shutters on the Beach and the Loews Hotel.

Not only are the pier and beach a short walk away, it is also among the hotels near the 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica's premiere outdoor, pedestrian-only shopping center. You can walk there in 10 minutes.

I'd be remiss if I also didn't mention a little added plus: It's directly across the street from Chez Jay, Santa Monica's most famous dive bar and restaurant that serves up some of the best steaks and seafood around. This is a good thing, as the hotel itself doesn't have a restaurant of its own.

Hotel California Rooms and Grounds

The hotel's has 26 recently renovated rooms are decidedly no frills, in a comfy, welcome-to-the-beach-house kind of way. 

Guest rooms feature hardwood floors, walls painted in cheery hues of yellow and blue, and light wood trim and furniture.

As a nod to its California cultural origins, you'll find movie posters, vintage Hawaiian prints, or guitars hung on the walls; surfboard headboard above the comfortable mattresses and cozy 400-thread-count sheets.

In-room Wi-fi is complimentary, and each room has a mini-refrigerator to help you chill after another long day at the beach. Oh yes. And about those wet board shorts and towels.... guests also have free use of laundry facilities and laundry soap.

To Book Hotel California:

Rates start at $259. 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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