Even if the Wyndham Santa Monica was a 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 and location that help make it one of the best value Santa Monica beach hotels.
When I stopped by recently, my first visit since the former Holiday Inn became the Wyndham, I found a gracious lobby with sea-inspired decor and colors.
Behind the lobby check in counter stood a smiling Ahmed Saad, the hotel's director of rooms. He was happy to discuss the Wyndham's new decor and features, and hinted at further positive changes ahead for the freshly renovated hotel in the coming months.
The first thing you'll notice about the Wyndham (other than its boxy, late 1960s-era shape), is that it's perpendicular to the coast and has a solid, windowless wall facing the Pacific Ocean.
Who would do that?!
The answer is a testament to the metamorphosis the city of Santa Monica itself has undergone since the 1960s.
Concerned that visitors from the Midwest and elsewhere might be "offended" by the seedy Santa Monica Pier stores and population at that time, the architects designed the solid wall to block views of the Pier. (I guess they forgot about the Pacific Ocean.)
The Santa Monica Pier has done a complete 180 since the turbulent late 1960s, and is today one of the most beautiful, safe, and upscale areas in Santa Monica.
The hotel has 132 guest rooms that were renovated in 2013. Room amenities include:
Location: 120 Colorado Avenue. Nightly prices start at $251. For more information or reservations, call 800-996-3426; or call the Wyndham directly at 310-451-0676. You can also access information on the Wyndham website here.
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