Hotel California, Santa Monica
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. Inside, rooms are decorated simply, with walls painted in shades of yellow and blue, and light-colored wood trim and furniture. Rooms have local culture nods, such as movie posters or guitars hung on the walls. Complimentary in-room Internet access and mini-refrigerators stand out among the amenities.