SANTA MONICA, Calif. (November 13, 2019) – Taking sufficient time off from work plays a large role in wellbeing. And yet, more than half of American workers (55%) failed to use all their time off last year. That’s a stockpile of 768 million unused vacation days just in 2018, of which 236 million were forfeited completely.

What’s the key to using more vacation time? Planning. The launch of the Extra Bedroom Program comes ahead of National Plan for Vacation Day, held every January as an important reminder to Americans to take their well-deserved time off.

“Vacations offer important potential health benefits, including stress reduction, prevention of heart disease, improved productivity and better mental health, relationships and sleep,” said Michael A. Rodriguez, Professor and Vice-Chair for UCLA Department of Family Medicine. “We all should use available vacation time to rejuvenate ourselves.”

The Extra Bedroom program will be celebrated at Santa Monica’s inaugural Wellbeing Summit, held Saturday, November 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Santa Monica College Center for Design and Media. The free event offers interactive activities for all ages, speakers and booths from local businesses.

SMTT will be giving away a staycation to one lucky resident who completes a short survey on-site. The package will include:

  • Two-night stay at Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows (includes use of bicycles)
  • Beach Butler Service from Perry’s Café and Beach Rentals
  • Private yoga class with Beach Yoga SoCal
  • Cooking class with Gourmandise School of Sweets & Savories
  • Behind the scenes tour of Santa Monica Pier Aquarium with Heal the Bay

It comes as no surprise that those of us lucky enough to live in Santa Monica often become the designated host and tour guide during the holidays. Who can blame our family and friends for wanting to spend their winter vacation time in our sunny beachside city?

Santa Monica Travel & Tourism (SMTT) recognizes that space can become an issue while hosting those cherished guests, no matter how welcome they may be. With this in mind, SMTT is happy to announce the return of its annual Extra Bedroom Program, running from November 18, 2019 – January 17, 2020. Each year during the Extra Bedroom Program, Santa Monica hotels come together to serve their community by offering Santa Monica residents access to deeply-discounted hotel room rates at 22 properties across Santa Monica’s world-famous hotel collection.

“The holiday season is a time for giving back and reflecting on all there is to be grateful for,” said Misti Kerns, President/CEO, SMTT. “Thanks to the generosity of our neighborhood hotels there’s even more for Santa Monica residents to be thankful for with this opportunity to make the most of unused vacation days and experience our renowned accommodation offerings at deeply discounted prices.”

Whether they wish to book a room for visiting friends and family or take advantage of time off with a staycation, residents can secure exclusive discounted hotel rates by simply mentioning the program while making the reservation over the phone, then showing proof of Santa Monica residency (California ID or drivers’ license) at check-in. Please note that rates are subject to availability and blackout dates may apply.

New this year, SMTT is also offering residents 30% off merchandise at the Main Street Santa Monica Visitors Center. Stop by 2427 Main Street and mention “Extra Bedroom Program” for a discount on creative gift items such as t-shirts, beach balls, notebooks and more for your friends and family, valid November 18, 2019 – January 17, 2020. Or, shop online at santamonica.myshopify.com.

For complete information, visit santamonica.com/extrabedroom or visit one of SMTT’s four Visitor Center locations.

 

EXTRA BEDROOM PROGRAM OFFERS 2019-2020

Bayside Hotel: $149

DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Monica: $199

Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows: $325

Gateway Hotel Santa Monica: $159

Added Value: Complimentary parking for one vehicle

Hotel Carmel: $179 for standard rooms

Added Values: Complimentary coffee service for all guests that is set up in the hotel lobby from 6:30am to 10:00am daily.

Hotel Casa del Mar: $425

Hotel Shangri-la: $350

Huntley Santa Monica Beach Hotel: $279

Added Value: One-time $25 Food & Beverage credit per stay.

Le Méridien Delfina Santa Monica: $215

Added Values: $25 food and beverage credit per stay. Complimentary valet parking is offered to all overnight guests.

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel: $309

Ocean View Hotel: $179

Oceana: $445

Added Value: Complimentary parking

Palihouse Santa Monica: $325

Santa Monica Motel: $109

Santa Monica Proper Hotel: $409

Added Value: 50% off guest amenity fee

Sea Shore Motel: $139

Added Value: Complimentary parking

Shore Hotel: $249

Shutters on the Beach Hotel: $435 

SureStay Santa Monica by Best Western: $159

The Ambrose Hotel: $249

Added Values: Complimentary Deluxe Continental Breakfast and Santa Monica Sips (daily wine and beer tasting)

The Georgian Hotel: $269+

Added Value: Complimentary parking when booking Ocean View Suite

Viceroy Santa Monica: $349

Added Values: Free upgrade at time of check in based on availability and two welcome cocktails

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About Santa Monica Travel & Tourism
Santa Monica Travel & Tourism (SMTT) is a non-profit organization designed to increase visitor expenditures, tourism revenues and local employment opportunities through the promotion of Santa Monica as a travel destination. For travel and accommodation information or a free copy of the official Visitors Guide, the public can write to the Santa Monica Visitor Center, 2427 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405; call (800) 544-5319 or (310) 393-7593; visit santamonica.com; or email info@santamonica.com. Follow SMTT on Twitter @GoSantaMonica, Instagram @SeeSantaMonica, and Facebook @VisitSantaMonica.