Holiday Inn Santa Monica Hotel

, Santa Monica, United States
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Holiday Inn Santa Monica Hotel

3 star

Rooms: 138

120 Colorado Ave - Santa Monica - California - 90401 - United States Hotel Website | | 310 451 0676
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A Very Good Place to Stay

from A TripAdvisor Member
I have to admit that we have been somewhat biased against the Holiday Inn chain in the past, but we wanted to be in Santa Monica and didn't want our three days in LA to break the bank of our larger vacation. As it turned out, however, we were very pleasantly surprised. This hotel is ideally located for both exploring Santa Monica and driving anywhere else in LA. The staff was very warm, our room was tastefully decorated, and breakfasts in the lobby restaurant were very good. Parking was pricey ($17 per day with tax in 10/04), though convenient - and probably not much different from other hotels in the area. I recommend requesting a room on a high floor to avoid possible noise from the Santa Monica Freeway, which runs below grade along one side of the hotel. Overall, I would recommend this hotel to anyone and will definitely return myself - it's a bargain (by LA standards) without the sacrifices that bargains usually entail.


from arlenejoe
I'm giving this an "excellent" rating because, for location, value, and service, it can't be beat. I learned about this gem from other Tripadvisor reviews, and the high ratings that the other guests gave were right on target. This place can't be beat. It felt more like a Holiday Inn without the "Express," with plush towels, wonderful soaps and shampoo, lovely furnishings, daily newspaper and fruits, free valet service, and terrific hospitality (I forgot my toothbrush and got 4 free ones at the front desk). The room rate was $100 less than comparable hotels in the area. Because other reviewers warned of street noise, we asked for a quiet room and we got it. This is THE place to stay!

Good Place to Stay

from katlope
The hotel was very good - pluses - rooms nice size, clean, staff very helpful, price, location (walking distance to pier and promenade and close to LA) Negatives: Outside traffic a little noisy but not over-bearing; pool area extremely noisy; having to pay for parking (but this is normal in NYC too);and the homeless people. Overall I would consider staying there again.

Perfect Location!

from A TripAdvisor Member
The location of this hotel was perfect, right across from the Santa Monica pier and within walking distance of excellent restaurants.(Make sure you go to The Lobster). The hotel was spacious and very clean, the staff was so helpful and courteous. Pool was fine, heated, a little too warm but still nice!

Good Holiday Inn but beware!

from A TripAdvisor Member
My family and I just came back from the Holiday Inn at Santa Monica Pier. The hotel definitely had its good points - the staff was great, very helpful and courteous, the room was lovely for a Holiday Inn but a bit small for 2 adults and 2 teenagers. They only had full size beds - I asked if queens were available or 1 king with a pull-out sofa but those types of rooms don't exist. I didn't notice a noise problem but I've always lived in a city and street noise never bothered me. The pool is small but nice to have, however, it feels like it literally sits on the highway which is right in back of the hotel. The worst part of the hotel is the homeless people. They all gather at the McDonalds across the street and just seem to be all over the place. If that doesn't bother you then the location is great. I would just prefer to not have to deal with that on vacation.

Great Location and nice hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
We had the opportunity to stay at this hotel for two nights. The room was exceptional and very comfortable. We were not at all bothered by the highway noise even though we were on that side of the hotel. My only complaints were the entrance to get in is very small and the approach is difficult. We had to go around the block and flip around to go the other way to get in. And the food was not great. The service in the restuarant is good but the breakfast is bad. Otherwise the location is perfect for walking to the pier. Easy walk.

Fabulous staff, great location, will visit again!

from A TripAdvisor Member
The friendly staff made our stay most enjoyable, and the free champagne upon arrival gave a great first impression. They provided excellent directions and tips on where to go near the hotel, and they were very welcoming overall. This hotel is very centrally located - walk to the beach, Pier, 3rd Street Promenade, as well as a number of restaurants and shops plus very close to the freeway (which can be a bit noisy but only if you're sitting right beside the window without the air conditioning running). Rooms are large and well-appointed - many more amenities than other Holiday Inn locations! The bathrobes are a nice touch, and the toiletries are nicer than most hotels. Rooms are well-decorated and spacious, and the hotel is very clean overall. The parking garage can be a bit cramped and hard to navigate, but we've experienced this at other places in the LA area as well. Hats off to a great staff and a top notch Holiday Inn!

A great place to stay

from A TripAdvisor Member
We enjoyed our stay at the Holiday Inn Santa Monica very much. It is conveniently located to many attractions. The staff was wonderful. Our room was comfortable and quiet enough. We would definitely stay there again.

Great location. Excellent hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
This was our second stay stay at the Holiday Inn Santa Monica and we once again enjoyed almost everything about this hotel. The entire staff is very friendly and helpful. Complimentary champagne every afternoon. Excellent location -- short walk to Promenade, pier and beach. Rooms are much, much nicer than a typical Holiday Inn. Only negative is the pool is fairly small and very noisy being located right next to the highway. Overall, however, this is an excellent place to stay in Santa Monica and is fairly reasonably priced as well.


from TravelGoddest
We checked into this hotel after checking out of the scary and dirty Hotel Carmel. We had a beautiful room on a private floor and had a view of the ocean. The rooms were quite large and were very clean; I found there was no noise like the previous comments. The pool was small, and the staff was wonderful. I find it silly to charge for parking after I was paying $169.00 night. The location of the hotel was excellent, on the beach, and minutes from 3rd street and close to the freeway.

Top Local Tips for Santa Monica

Bike the canals at Venice Beach, California Get a bike and cycle to the canals at Venice Beach for a quiet getaway and to view some lovely designer waterfront homes and gardens.

Where to eat A great Italian restaurant was Locanda del Lago on the promenade. Call ahead for reservations.

arranged tours Book thru the tour centre in town


Other names for Holiday Inn Santa Monica Hotel

  • santa monica holiday inn
  • holiday inn santa monica beach
  • holiday inn santa monica
  • Address: 120 Colorado Ave - Santa Monica - California - 90401 - United States
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