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Ocean View Hotel 3.5

Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California

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Pros

  • Across from the beach, with Santa Monica Pier, Third Street Promenade, and Palisades Park within walking distance
  • Modern rooms have minibars, Keurig coffeemakers, iPod docking stations, and rainfall showerheads
  • Some rooms have furnished balconies and sweeping ocean views
  • 24-hour business center with Apple computer and device charging station
  • Concierge services, car rental, and on-call doctor
  • Hotel is 100 percent nonsmoking (a con for some)
  • Guests get a discount at nearby gym
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the property

Cons

  • No pool or fitness center
  • Fee for valet parking
  • Not directly on beach
  • No bathtubs, only showers

Bottom Line

The 66-room upper-middle-range Ocean View Hotel is across the street from the beach, and within easy walking distance of Santa Monica Pier, the Third Street Promenade, and several renowned restaurants along Ocean Avenue. A family-owned, eco-conscious boutique hotel, the Ocean View has a beachy ambience and stylish rooms -- some have furnished balconies and ocean views. The 24-hour business center has an Apple computer and a device-charging station. Travelers might also want to check out the Shore Hotel, which is located just down the street, operated by the same family, and equally "green."

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Scene

A boutique hotel with modern, flowing beach style and interesting details

The exterior of the Ocean View is futuristic, mixed with Art Deco touches and lovely landscaping that includes crushed stones and succulents. Built in the mid-'90s and renovated in 2014, the Ocean View has a calm, tranquil, beachy atmosphere. Bathed in soothing blues, earthy browns, and futuristic-looking silvers, the common areas have floor-to-ceiling windows that let in lots of natural light. Fresh orchids, a lovely water wall, and wooden floors give the lobby a calming, meditative quality. Jewelry created by the original owner is displayed in a glass case in the lobby, and is for sale. The open-air hallways contribute to the casual beach vibe, with trees and plants providing privacy but retaining the open feeling. Colorful artwork by Wrapped LA adorns the shared spaces and rooms.

Location

Adjacent to the beach with popular attractions, restaurants, and shops within walking distance

Across the street from the beach, the Ocean View Hotel is within walking distance of Santa Monica's renowned restaurants, such as the Ivy. Santa Monica Place Mall is a four-minute walk from the hotel, while Palisades Park, the Santa Monica Pier, and Third Street Promenade are a six-minute walk away. Around a 15-minute drive from the property are Venice Beach and UCLA, and the University of Southern California is about a 20-minute drive. Los Angeles International Airport is about 20 minutes away by car.

Rooms

Modern, beach-style rooms with Keurig coffeemakers, rainfall showerheads, minibars, and allergenic bedding

Rooms are either Ocean View with Balcony, Courtyard (no balcony), or Courtyard with Balcony. All have a beach style, with blues and creams as the predominant color scheme. Blue-patterned carpets, textured tan wallpaper, and paintings by Wrapped LA round out the decor. All rooms come with pillow-top mattresses, allergenic bedding, 40-inch flat-screen TVs, Keurig coffeemakers, minibars, music docking stations, free Wi-Fi, and refreshment stations. White plush cotton bathrobes hang in the closets. Up-to-date gray-tile bathrooms offer lots of counter space, along with makeup mirrors, hairdryers, and Aveda toiletries; the glassed-in showers have rainfall showerheads, but there are no bathtubs.

Features

24-hour business center and free Wi-Fi

The 24-hour business center has an Apple computer, a device charging station, and a printer. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. Concierge and dry cleaning services are available, and there's an on-call doctor. There is no fitness center or pool, but guests can use a gym nearby at a discount. Valet parking is available for a fee.

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Address

1447 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, California 90401-2116, United States

Phone

310-458-4888

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