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“Delightful hotel with excellent staff” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Oceana Beach Club Hotel

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Oceana Beach Club Hotel
Ranked #1 of 36 Hotels in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence
New York
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51 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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“Delightful hotel with excellent staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2011

We were very pleased with our stay at the Hotel Oceana. It's well located, on Ocean Blvd, not in the middle of the craziness of the pier or the Promenade but near Montana Avenue's nice residential district. Good restaurant that's open all day and has kid-friendly options. Pool heated enough so the kids swam on Christmas day. One warning: if you want a suite that really separates the living room from the bedroom, get one with DOORS between the rooms. Not all the suites have such doors and that's a problem when the plan is to put children in a separate room.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with family
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2011

We live in Santa Monica and chose Oceana for my family (sister, husband, grown daughter) as they visited us over Christmas. The rooms are large, bedroom and living room, and have all the amenities (and more) that you could hope for. It's a small hotel (only 3 floors, grouped around an interior court with a pool) and the staff is extremely attentive and helpful. While it isn't cheap, I felt that we got more value in the things that were important to us -- quiet, comfort and service -- without paying for features we might not use.

If you are considering Oceana as a base for visiting LA, it's a good choice in that you are a pleasant 5 blocks' walk from downtown Santa Monica, 3 blocks from the California Incline entrance to PCH (leading to Malibu or the 10 freeway) and right across the street from a nice park at the cliff that overlooks the Pacific. The surrounding neighborhood is quiet and residential (you can park fairly easily if you watch the signs).

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
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287 reviews
70 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2011

Oceana is a great little boutique hotel just far enough out of Santa Monica that you can relax. The rooms were comfortable if not a little pokey but its a trendy hotel and we enjoyed saying there. It reminded me of the types of cheap hotels you see in many American movies except Oceana has been very nicely set up.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2010

I've been coming here for years, even before the recent complete rehab of the property. Its a bit more pricey now, but what I like are the same things as always, a really distinctly west-coast hominess, comfy and unpretentious, and walking distance to beach and all the little shops / restaurants of Santa Monica (everyone considers LA car culture, but I find the neighborhoods of the West Side are much better enjoyed by bike or foot, rollerblade or even skateboard… this is after-all LA!).

Oceana is high on the hilltop looking of the ocean, across the street a narrow park (I think its called Palisades) with a walking path which runs along the clifftop, and steps leading far down to the beach below. The hotel’s architecture strikes me as a bit like an LA-based television show set; once passed through the simple lobby you get a pleasant surprise, entering an inviting interior garden with swimming pool and deck chairs all around. Bright colors abound everywhere. The hotel rooms wrap around the pool on 3-floors, the best (and priciest) rooms are those on the west side overlooking the Palisades park and ocean. I really think they are worth the extra cost – because the Pacific is stunning from this high perspective. But if one wants to economize they can appreciate this view from the dining room and on a little stroll outside.

Food is good, no need for fancy adjectives because I don’t think the hotel is striving for high cuisine. A waitress told me some ingredients come from the Santa Monica farmers market, which is super in-and-of-itself, and I enjoy to have the option to eat in the dining room with windows open watching the sun reflect on the ocean, or to be able to snack in the open poolside.

Staff is professional, happy to point out obvious needs such as a great local gym which is within walking distance and overlooks the cute pedestrian shopping strip called the 3rd street promenade (note – the hotel’s fitness room is nice, nestled in a slightly sunken room with a view of the pool – but I like to use heavy weights and enjoy a gym’s atmosphere so went out to workout). The staff always gave me also more personal tips, an art-house cinema which I really enjoyed, where the best bookstores and music shops are, and small restaurants such as a couple great nearby delis, and the spectacular breakfast café called Jinky’s on 2nd Ave near the promenade (nutty-nut pancakes are worth a trip to LA!).

If someone is looking for flash and hip, this is not the place. But if instead one just appreciates the West side and wants to live well that atmosphere, I think Oceana is a great choice. I’m always happy to return.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled on business
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1 Thank alwaysapleasure
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Bangkok, Thailand
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26 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2010

arrived late after a long flight, the room large and well equipped, very nice, however at daybreak I noticed that as I had booked an Ocean view King, the room was on the corner directly across from another apartment block and if you peered to the right you could just see the ocean, not a good start. However, I mentioned it at reception and they offered another room as my booking had stated, a little smaller but facing the ocean, great service from the girls at reception, the matter dealt with promptly. All the staff were friendly and nothing seemed too much trouble, a good hotel with great staff.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Oceana Beach Club Hotel
Address: 849 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403 (Formerly Hotel Oceana Santa Monica)
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Region: United States > California > Santa Monica > Santa Monica
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 36 Hotels in Santa Monica
Price range (per night): $601 - $1,028
Hotel Class:4 star — Oceana Beach Club Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Oceana Beach Club Hotel is luxury boutique hotel located in the premier residential neighborhood of north Santa Monica. With sweeping oceam views, spacious rooms and suites and coastal California cuisine at Tower 8, Oceana offers guests the quintessential coastal California experience. ... more   less 
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