Last time around we had just barely scratched the surface of Santa Monica, California, a unique, beachside community known around the world.
For both visitors and denizens alike the city—located just 13 miles from downtown Los Angeles—has a great deal to offer from beautiful beaches and miles of picturesque bike paths, to a wide array of accommodation options, attractions, entertainment entities, and more.
When looking for a place to stay, Santa Monica offers something to fit every taste and budget, both along or across from the beach, as well as within a few blocks or miles – together making it easy to be close to all there is to see and do.
In addition to the customary mid-range chains like Travelodge, Days Inn, Best Western, Doubletree, and the like, you’ll also find more upscale hotels like the Le Méridien, Loews, Shutters on the Beach, Hotel Shangri La, Oceana Beach Hotel and the Gregorian Hotel, among others.
We chose a lovely, boutique accommodation called the Bayside Hotel. Centrally located on Ocean Avenue just steps from the meandering bike paths that line the beach and two blocks from the wealth of restaurants, coffee shops and boutiques dotted along Main Street—the main drag here, the Bayside features a variety of bright, quaint, and nicely decorated ocean, garden and courtyard view rooms.
The rooms (which are all non-smoking) feature comfortable beds, air-conditioning, mini bars (some also have full kitchens), microwaves, safes, small but clean and beautiful bathrooms with designer fixtures, and a really nice, welcome touch – colorful mesh bags with beach towels.
Outside you’ll find a semi-private or shared patio or balcony with a table and comfortable chairs. There is also a small business center with a beautiful ocean view, as well as a stable of beach cruisers available for rent at very reasonably hourly and day prices for every member of the family (including child-safe tow pods and cycle arms), on which to explore the city and surrounding ‘burbs.
The staff here was very helpful and it was nice to meet so many international guests, some choosing to stay here again from previous visits.
One last look at Santa Monica is coming up.
Read the Entire Feature Series!
Part 1 California Dreamin’ in Santa Monica
Part 2 Beauty and Activities 24/7 in Santa Monica
Part 3 Santa Monica: Beauty and the Beach
Part 4 Santa Monica, Where the Livin’ is Easy