Hotels in Santa Monica
When you're looking at all of Los Angeles as a destination, the hotels in Santa Monica have some of the best options around. Summer stays will be the most expensive, and they book up early, but you can save on your rates if you forgo a beach or ocean view. Here are some of the best hotels in Santa Monica:
Oceana. This 70-room boutique hotel has a retro vibe and a fresh color scheme of minty green, sunshine yellow and swimming pool blue. Perks include poolside iPads and a no-reservations-needed policy at the onsite restaurant for hotel guests.
Shutters on the Beach. This hotel on the sand has the vibe of a great Hamptons beach house, complete with impeccably decorated rooms and A-list friends hanging out by the pool.
Hotel Casa del Mar. The neighbor of Shutters, and owned by the same company, Hotel Casa del Mar was once an exclusive beach club. Now, this Santa Monica hotel has a moodier, perhaps more romantic vibe, and has a great bar scene in the lobby.
The Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows. This Santa Monica hotel overlooking the beach, with its collection of butler-served bungalows, has major Old Hollywood street cred, having once hosted Greta Garbo and Marilyn Monroe, among others.
The most fun of the four California hotels designed by Kor Hotel Group collaborator Kelly Wearstler, the 162-room Viceroy seems like an extension of the nearby amusement park on Santa Monica Pier .
This beachfront hotel is located near the Santa Monica Pier, Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica’s Ocean Front Walk. Each of the 173 rooms have canary-yellow walls and come with private balconies and marble-tiled bathrooms.
Named one of the nation’s top seaside inns by Travel + Leisure, this quiet B&B is housed in a blue-shingled Colonial Revival building less than a block from Santa Monica Beach.
Since the 1920s, privacy-seeking Hollywood starlets—among them Greta Garbo and Marilyn Monroe—have found refuge at this bluff-perched resort overlooking Santa Monica beach.
Lime green, eggshell blue, and canary yellow compose the punchy palette at this retro-beach-style boutique hotel.
Unlike its sister property, Shutters on the Beach—which feels more like Cape Cod than SoCal—Casa del Mar’s opulent, Mediterranean design feels right at home on the Santa Monica shore.
This sprawling beach-house-style inn looks like it was airlifted from Nantucket and dropped on the Santa Monica shore.
This Craftsman-inspired hotel is situated on Santa Monica’s residential interior. The property features four floors, 77 guest rooms and is a short drive to the beach and Third Street Promenade shopping corridor.
Located near the beach in downtown Santa Monica, this motel is an alternative to larger, higher-priced neighbors like Shutters on the Beach or the Loews Hotel. The ivy covered, two-story building has California touches like palm trees and surfboards mounted on its cream exterior.