Neighboring the resplendence of Los Angeles is Santa Monica, a beach town famed not only for its sands and shore but its boardwalk. In addition to the 3.5 miles of beach, the Santa Monica Pier is a famous landmark, sporting an amusement park, pubs, an arcade and numerous shops. (It’s also popular among Pokémon Go players.) Having opened in 1909, its a centenarian by now, but its neon arch welcomes 86 percent of the town’s visitors yearly.
We’ve selected five hotels for you, based on past customer ratings, location and pricing. Beware, however: Santa Monica’s beauty does not come cheap, especially as the summer heats up. Book early!
From $199/ night
It’s only a minute from the beach, and two miles from the Santa Monica Pier. This property has a slightly vintage, laid-back, vibe, and it boasts a consummately cool rooftop deck with enticing views of Venice Beach. The studios here are fully furnished, with kitchenettes, wifi, a flatscreen TV an USB docking stations for all your gadgets. When your phone’s done charging, you can rent a bike and cycle along the nearby Venice Boardwalk. (The Venice Skate Park is also in close proximity). Need some supplies before you beach it? This property is happy to offer complimentary umbrellas, towels, chairs and beach toys.
This elegant, eco-friendly and super-sleek property is only two minutes from the beach. Augmenting its visual appeal are the private balconies included with each room, offered with a choice of garden, city or ocean views. Even the glass showers boast ocean views (with included privacy screen, naturally). In line with its chic aesthetic, the hotel offers electric car charging stations. The hustle and bustle of Santa Monica is close by; Pacific Park (part of Santa Monica Pier) is only six minutes by foot. Past guests have even praised the food trucks that congregate outside.
From $324 / night
Built in 1933, the Georgian is outfitted with an Art Deco vibe that’d undeniably cool and inviting. This upscale, boutique property offers not only enticing, lavish interiors, but several amenities, too: strong wifi, a gym, a restaurant, walking access to the beach and even a speakeasy. The Veranda Restaurant even gives guests the option of dining inside or out, on the titular veranda which overlooks the ocean. Brunch and dinner are available, as are tapas. Fancy breakfast in bed? Room service is an option.
From $284 / night
At the Hotel Erwin, the beach isn’t far —it’s only two minutes away, in fact. Similarly, the Venice Beach Boardwalk is 350 feet away. You can soak up the beachfront energy in your room, available with a balcony or even patio, or you can enjoy the rooftop views of High, the property’s onsite lounge that overlooks Venice Beach and the glimmering Pacific Ocean. Dining, fine art and shopping are close by. A fridge, cable TV and desk are included with rooms. The entire property is non-smoking, so leave the cigs at home.
From $533 / night
This luxury, five-star property certainly looks opulent: consider the chandeliers, indoor trees, marble bathrooms, in-room spa tubs, luxury furnishings and zen-like, immaculate-looking rooms. The Casa Del Mar promises “celebrity treatment” (at celebrity prices, one might add). It’s not a budget option, but this beachfront hotel has two on-site eateries: a restaurant with a raw bar and fresh seafood, and a lounge that does small plates and nightly live music. An outdoor pool, spa, and fitness center are available for further indulgence. This place is probably fit for royalty, and that includes elite beasts. All of the rooms are pet-friendly.