The California Hotel, Santa Monica
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Ripped Off!from A TripAdvisor Member
At first they refused to cancel the room, then (with a second phone call) they stated, "You're all set . . . it's canceled" but failed to give us a cancellation number. When our American Express bill came in a month later, they had billed us for $245 for one night and the night they billed us for was the day before we had been scheduled to arrive.
They flatly (and quite rudely) refused to credit this back to our Amex account. We had booked this directly with them and not an outside agent. Our recommendation is that if you are going to Santa Monica, book yourself into one of the more professionally run establishments like the Fairmont.
Wonderful sister tripfrom A TripAdvisor Member
good deal-fun and funkyfrom fullmoonrising
a good job of accomodating our needs. Great beds with 300 thread count egyptian cotton sheets and down comforters, room safes, mini fridge, tv with basic stations and steps away from the ocean. no room service-or ac (room fans and a great breeze), limited on property parking but the Loews next door provides disc rates for Hotel California guests. Loews also has great breakfast indoor or on patio and a guest pass is available for their health club. the Hotel California is a great location and very much like a european pensione. If you are looking for high end full service luxury or the bland anonimity of american chain hotel/motels then this is not your cup of tea. but if you want a little adventure, a great deal of character and some charm this is the spot.
Overratedfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Cheapish,Terrific atmosphere; one minute from the beachfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Campy and cleanfrom ilovemonkey
Best of our Los Angeles experience !from hoped
Honeymoon Happinessfrom lucy1112
I loved it!!!from A TripAdvisor Member
Do not subject yourself to this tormentfrom A TripAdvisor Member
My fiance and I stayed in this hotel in summer of 2003. Believe me it looks great from outside and a good location too. BUT wait until your first night is through. Remember there is never a manager on-site. You and your complaints are always handled by a "gum-cracking", rude, indifferent teenager who also seems to have an ongoing boy friend problems (as evident by long minutes we had to wait by the front desk listening to her until her conversation was done). The manager will call you back if he can get over his amnesia. He is never there anyway.
The hotel has only a few rooms (no more than 30), however, it does not have enough parking space to support it. So some nights (most of the nights) you end up parking in some other hotel's parking several blocks away at your own expense. If you get lucky and get to actually park on the premise good luck getting your car out in the morning should you need it. Inadvertently your car is always blocked by a jerk or two or three. And forget about all the partying by a hord of drunks every night next door. Can you call someone at three O'Clock in the morning to come and shut them up? No, because the office is conveniently closed. We woke up one morning at the sound of one very very angry guest who needed his car out and couldn't get it because it was blocked. He was threatening that he would "kill" the "manager" if his car is not out in 15 minutes. What did the "manager" - more like a front desk clerk - do? Nothing! What did the guest do? Gave up! Place has no air-conditioning either. I am not going to even bother you with many other things that this place had wrong with it. I think you know what I talking about by now. Also remember the place is not that cheap either. And by the way, I called the so-called manager several times after we came back to at least put a closure to our horrible time by at least giving it to him. Guess what? He was nowhere to be found.
Surprized? The place is a loud dump, infested with drunks, careless and indifferent people with really not much of anything to offer including at least decent servive and PR. Save yourself the headache and trust these reviews.
Top Local Tips for Santa Monica
Fajitas!! For del;icious beef fajitas stop by The Broder Grill on 4th street and have a margarita.
4th street a great place to spend an evening.
easy Traffic from Las vegas to LA wasnt bad. I thought LA would be a nightmare, it wasnt bad. kind of reminded me of Chicago. I was in Santa Monica, took 15 to 10 all the way, not bad. 215 was busier than 10 early afternoon.Get a map if you dont know the area. 10 goes right through east to west to the beach. pretty easy. Santa Monica BLVD is very busy, know where you are going if trying to go to hollywood, or beverly hills. Hollywodo easy to get to, Via 101, or Santa Monica. Hollywood and Highland is the heart. (i didnt know when i went, had to walk a bit) good rock and roll shops on Hollywood BLVD
Other names for The California Hotel
- hotel california santa monica
- california santa monica
- california hotel santa monica
- Address: 1670 Ocean Ave - Santa Monica - California - 90401 - United States
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