Compare Santa Monica Hotels

Compare Santa Monica hotels based on your budget, preferences and desired location.

Santa Monica Hotel Basics

Santa Monica has 40 hotels, all within 4 miles to the ocean, with most adjacent to or in walking distance of the beach.

When selecting a hotel room in Santa Monica, remember that:

  • room sizes will vary depending on the age / historical relevance of the building itself
  • the largest property is the Loews Santa Monica (342 rooms) and the smallest is the The Cottage Santa Monica (4 bedrooms)
  • summer is the busiest season for Santa Monica hotels

Oceanfront Luxury Hotels

Oceanfront or beachfront hotels are located south of the Santa Monica pier, provide numerous amenities with easy access to excellent views of the Pacific ocean.

Oceanfront hotels in Santa Monica include:

Hotel Casa del Mar and Shutters on the Beach are the only hotels in Los Angeles County located directly on the beach. The Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel and the JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot are separated from the beach by a quiet street and small beach parking lot.

At an oceanfront hotel, you should expect:

  • average daily rates (average price) over $300+ per night
  • amenities such as a pool, fitness center, business center and spa
  • a 1 - 5 minute walk to the beach
  • a beach-centered hotel experience
  • free electric shuttle service in designated areas

Ocean Avenue Hotels

Ocean Avenue hotels are separated from the beach by either Ocean Avenue itself or by Palisades Park (perched on a coastal bluff) and range in size, amenities and price.

Ocean Avenue hotels in Santa Monica include:

At an Ocean Avenue hotel, you should expect:

  • average daily rates (average price) around $100 – over $300 per night
  • some properties with amenities such as an on-site restaurant, pool and free shuttle
  • 5 - 8 minute walk to the beach
  • a vibrant hotel experience with busy streets, shopping and restaurants, but still in sight of the beach / ocean

Downtown Hotels

Downtown Santa Monica hotels are located three blocks from the beach, roughly surrounding the Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place shopping area.

Downtown hotels in Santa Monica include:

These hotels offer easy access to strolling and shopping throughout Santa Monica and are located four blocks from the Santa Monica Pier and Ocean Avenue and five blocks to the beach.

At a downtown hotel, you should expect:

  • average daily rates (average price) around $100 - $300
  • amenities such as an on-site restaurant, pool and free shuttle
  • 8 - 15 minute walk to the beach
  • an in-town location, close to restaurants and shopping, some with limited views of the beach / Pacific Ocean

Neighborhood Hotels

Neighborhood hotels are located throughout Santa Monica, usually a few steps further from the beach, but offering a quieter location with public transportation easily accessible. Budgets can range from modest to mid-range and above.

Neighborhood hotels in Santa Monica include:

Neighborhood hotels are a mix of full service hotels (Le Méridien Delfina Santa Monica), boutiques (The Ambrose) and many budget friendly options offering a local experience for those who want to go beyond the beach.

At a neighborhood hotel, you should expect:

  • average daily rates (average price) around $100 - $300
  • some properties with amenities such as an on-site restaurant, pool, free shuttle
  • 15 - 60 minute walk to the beach (dependant upon on the location of the property)
  • a neighborhood location, away from the main tourist area surrounding the Santa Monica Pier / Ocean Avenue

*Research lodging options carefully. Similarly priced properties may offer a vast difference in quality and services. Check references from friends/relatives, your travel agent, review travel guides in bookstores and libraries, study AAA “Diamond” and Mobile Guide “Star” ratings, and ask pertinent questions to the hotel reservations agent. Guest room rates are subject to city taxes, fees, and assessments and are subject to change without notice. Upon arrival at your hotel, you have the right to inspect your room before you accept it. Report problems to City of Santa Monica, City Attorney Office for Consumer Affairs, 1685 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401; 310-458-8336.

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