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 - known as as the Sea Blue Hotel as of 2019 - 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, scenic Spanish courtyard.
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.
Travel + Leisure magazine once called it "One of the top three affordable hotels in Los Angeles."
As an added plus: the hotel 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 doesn't have a restaurant.
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.