Santa Monica is renowned the world over for its famous beaches and is often ranked as one of the top beach vacation destinations on the planet. The city hosts over seven millions visitors each year and enjoys gorgeous sunny weather year round. Not only does the laid back coastal city have excellent beaches, it has its own unique dining, entertainment, outdoor recreation, and shopping scenes. There’s also a diverse mix of hotels in the area that offer luxurious accommodation — from high rise beach condos to opulent resorts, you’ll find it there. Here are five of the top hotels in Santa Monica.
Channel Road Inn
This is one of the best upscale places to stay in Santa Monica, and it’s also highly rated. The 4-star Channel Road Inn bed and breakfast is situated in a beautiful Colonial Revival style building with a history that dates back to 1910. Channel Road Inn is a short four minute walk from the beach and about two miles from both the Third Street Promenade and the Santa Monica Pier.
Guests receive complimentary parking as well as a lovely spread of wine and snacks each afternoon. The Channel Road Inn’s hot breakfast is served buffet style and can be enjoyed in the dining room or porch area. Other amenities at this property include a classic library and a lounge with a cozy vibe.
The rooms here sport light and breezy decor with a sophisticated look and come with televisions and complimentary WiFi access. Upgraded suites at this hotel include fireplaces, spa tubs, and private balconies. The Spa Suite is popular with couples and honeymooners and features a separate sitting room with a sofa bed and fireplace, desk area, and a generously sized jetted whirlpool tub.
Nightly rate: starts at $345
Shutters on the Beach
Among the top five-star Santa Monica hotels is Shutters on the Beach. It sits alongside the Pacific Ocean and is less than half a mile from the Santa Monica Pier. It’s also not far from the Promenade’s shops and upscale restaurants. Inside Shutters on the Beach is a host of great amenities including a well equipped gym, outdoor pool, relaxing patio, and a wellness spa called ONE Spa where guests can get massages, beauty and skin treatments, and enjoy steam baths.
There are several dining options on-site at this hotel including a cafe and bar with a lovely patio seating area. 1 Pico is a restaurant with a nautical feel that serves refined seafood, and Coast is the hotel’s eatery that offers great wine, brunch, and dishes such as fresh oysters, lobster rolls, and artisan sandwiches.
The beach house chic rooms at this hotel have private balconies, flat screen televisions, and en suite bathrooms with spa tubs, marble tile, and designer toiletries. Upgraded suites include separate living and dining areas and fireplaces. Room service is available to all guests 24 hours a day.
Nightly rate: starts at $575
The Huntley Hotel
The Huntley Hotel is a four-star property that towers 18 stories high. The building it’s in has an Art Deco exterior, and the hotel itself is close to the Promenade and Santa Monica State Beach. Amenities at The Huntley Hotel include a fully equipped gym, use of the hotel’s private car and chauffeur, and on-site eateries. Guests can dine at a lovely cafe with a casual vibe or head to the penthouse restaurant and nightclub. In-room dining is also available 24 hours a day.
Rooms at this hotel are modern and eclectic with fantastic city and ocean views, flat screen televisions, desk areas, and plush beds with tufted headboards. Suites are also available that add separate living areas, sofa beds, and spacious soaking tubs.
Nightly rate: starts at $445
Casa del Mar
If you’re looking for 5-star Santa Monica hotels, Casa del Mar is an excellent choice. It’s located inside a Renaissance Revival style building with an impressive facade that was built in 1926. The hotel is located about seven minutes from the fabulous restaurants and boutiques located on Montana Avenue.
The amenities at Casa del Mar are the epitome of luxurious and include use of the hotel’s car, a pool, spacious wellness center and spa, and refreshments and live entertainment in the lobby. There are several dining options on-site including an Italian restaurant with stunning decor and a relaxed atmosphere. Guests can also dine at Casa del Mar’s ocean view seafood restaurant.
Rooms at the hotel are beautifully decorated with soothing decor and most have wonderful views of the Pacific. Accommodation includes complimentary WiFi, flat screen televisions, four poster beds, fine Italian linens, and spa tubs. Upgraded suites are available that have up to four bedrooms and also add iPads and separate living areas. Room service is available to all guests.
Nightly rate: starts at $605
Oceana Beach Club Hotel
Oceana Beach Club is one of the finest four-star Santa Monica hotels that’s close to Palisades Park. It’s also less than a mile from the Third Street Promenade and just over one mile from the Santa Monica Pier.
The service at this hotel is excellent, and guests are treated to a complimentary glass of Prosecco upon check in. There’s also weekend surfing lessons, beach bike rentals, and a yoga class each day provided by Oceana Beach Club Hotel. Other amenities include an outdoor pool with a juice bar and fireplace, fitness center and gym, and an on-site restaurant that’s only available to guests.
The restaurant, Tower 8, serves Coastal California inspired cuisine prepared with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Tower 8 also offers a European style breakfast buffet each morning complete with dishes such as pastries, freshly baked breads, fruit, organic coffee, Greek yogurt, scrambled eggs, granola, and artisanal cheese.
Decor in the rooms at this hotel is vibrant, eclectic, and many rooms have gorgeous ocean views. Accommodation includes flat screen televisions, iPads, complimentary WiFi access, and desk areas. Suites have the addition of kitchenettes and separate living rooms.
Nightly rate: starts at $495