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Stay Near Santa Monica Beach

If there’s one special place you want to stay in Santa Monica, it’s near the beach. No other Los Angeles beach city has such a great variety of hotels overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Explore Beachfront Hotels

One of the many things that sets Santa Monica apart from other cities: the number of hotels either directly on the beach or just off it. Explore lodging perched on Ocean Avenue and overlooking the Santa Monica Pier and Pacific Ocean.

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Stay on the Beach

Shutters on the Beach and Hotel Casa del Mar, just blocks south of the Santa Monica Pier, are the closest hotels to the beach in Santa Monica.

Shutters offers a full gym and spa, surf lessons and yoga on the beach. Visit the oceanfront bar, Coast, or The Living Room restaurant.

Equally luxe and full of historic charm, Hotel Casa del Mar has the best views in town. See them from your suite, the outdoor pool deck or dinner at seafood eatery Catch.

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Hotels Near the Pier

Several unique, convenient, and family-friendly hotels are located just steps from the Santa Monica Pier. Find the perfect stay for your trip to our sunny city!

Green amenities

The boutique, LEED Gold-certified Shore Hotel has made a name for itself with eco-conscious amenities like low-flow water fixtures and recycled building materials. Downstairs, at Blue Plate Taco, enjoy outdoor dining while watching people stroll along Ocean Avenue.

Easy access

Just up Colorado Avenue are Hampton Inn & Suites Santa Monica and Courtyard by Marriott Santa Monica. Both hotels are adjacent to the Metro E Line, which makes for great locations to base yourself and explore greater Los Angeles as well.


The Pierside offers a perfect location just one block from the beach and right in Downtown Santa Monica. Explore the hotel’s incredible array of rental items—from board games to beach items and musical instruments to gaming systems—this place is guaranteed to have something for all ages.

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Boutique Santa Monica hotels

Unique Ocean Avenue Lodging

The Georgian Hotel and The Beacon boast Art Deco style that dates back to the 1930s. Each is multiple stories and offers sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. Plus, The Beacon has the only open-air rooftop bar in Santa Monica: The Coco Club.

If you’re looking for something more private, The Cottage offers vacation rentals with a three-night minimum. For budget hotel options in Santa Monica, there’s the Seaview Hotel, Ocean Lodge Hotel Santa Monica Beach, and Sea Blue Hotel, all of which are located on Ocean Avenue just a few blocks from the pier.

On the cover of Ocean and Wilshire is the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows. This Santa Monica hotel offers something for everyone, with luxurious hotel rooms in the 10-story Ocean Tower and 6-story historic Palisades wing, plus 32 bungalows ideal for families or larger groups.

Popular spots for dining and drinking can be found here, including FIG Restaurant and The Bungalow.

Ocean Avenue Hotels

No matter what lodging you choose along Ocean Avenue, you’ll be just a few blocks from the beach and Santa Monica Pier.

Pacific views

From the Palisades bluff, they offer great Pacific Ocean views, such as Ocean View Hotel offers renovated accommodations, with most rooms offering private balconies.

French cuisine

Le Merigot Santa Monica has a full spa and gym. Its signature restaurant, the award-winning Dining Room at Le Merigot, serves California takes on French-inspired cuisine.

LA style

Viceroy Santa Monica offers an ultra-chic getaway, with its poolside bungalows, and has been featured in numerous fashion spreads, movies, music videos, and guides to top L.A. dining.

Metro Meets Beachfront

For a mix of city meets beach, stay in Downtown Santa Monica at hotels such as Huntley Santa Monica Beach or Hotel Carmel.

Huntley Santa Monica Beach, a modern luxury hotel, is a designer’s paradise, not to mention features The Penthouse which offers 360-degree views of Santa Monica.

Hotel Carmel is near it all – just one block from Third Street Promenade and conveniently located to the beach and Santa Monica Pier.

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The luxurious Santa Monica Proper Hotel has 271 rooms, a lobby bar, restaurant, rooftop bar and pool and Surya spa. Just a few blocks away, you’ll find Oceana on Ocean Avenue and Idaho, Hilton Santa Monica Hotel & Suites on 4th Street, Le Méridien Delfina Santa Monica on Pico Boulevard and Bayside Hotel and just off Main Street.

All these hotels offer guests a warm, neighborhood-like experience while still offering easy access to nearby attractions.

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Hilton Santa Monica Hotel & Suites

Getting Around Santa Monica

The great thing about hotels in Santa Monica? They’re within walking distance of the beach, the Santa Monica Pier and Third Street Promenade. Cars aren’t required, you’re always a few minutes from most of Santa Monica’s best attractions. Read more about bus, bikes and walking in Santa Monica.


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