As a prime destination, LA is known all over the world for its glamor and as a city by the sea. There are hotels for every type of visitors, from the businessman and woman to those arriving to explore with just a backpack. For those seeking accommodations on the beach or near the ocean, Santa Monica presents an outstanding array of choices to vacation in Los Angeles that includes the attractions during the day while always being at the ocean. Santa Monica offers a variety of hotels hotels that are located on the beach or on Ocean Avenue. Most of these properties are high rises and offer breath taking views of the Pacific Ocean as well as all of Los Angeles, Santa Monica and downtown.
Ocean Avenue begins where San Vicente Blvd from Brentwood ends on the cliffs. Extending south for about two miles, Ocean Ave is lined with hundreds of tall thick palm trees, multi million dollar glass condos and high rise hotels, all over looking the beach below and out to the Pacific Ocean. All along Ocean Avenue are sidewalks, shopping, dining, parks and attractions. All the hotels along Ocean Ave allow visitors to take advantage of all the sights in Santa Monica. There are two main locations of hotels along Ocean Avenue. Those that are on the eastern side of the street that have views of the beach and ocean only, and those on the western side whose back doors and guestrooms actually open out onto the ocean.
Those hotels that are on Ocean Ave but not on the beach include the Fairmont Miramar, Vice Roy and The Georgian. The Vice Roy has an elegant lobby that while is brand new, gives the visitor a feel that they’ve been transported to the 1920s. White leather chairs against golden door knobs and chandeliers with a full bar and mirrors in the background give the lobby a comfortable but classy feel. Out the back is a pool with cozy cabanas around the pool’s edge. The hotel stretches out parallel to the ocean and guests with rooms in the east facing wall will have views of the Santa Monica Mountains, all of Santa Monica and Downtown Los Angeles rather than the ocean.
Located on the central area of Ocean Ave is the Georgian Hotel. This hotel is smaller, has a Victorian look and is wedged in between two other buildings. Once the playground for the rich and famous as well as Hollywood’s elite in the 1920s, the Georgian offers a boutique feel with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. Santa Monica’s many shopping and dining opportunities are only steps away from the Georgian.
At the intersection of Wilshire Blvd and Ocean Ave is the Fairmont Miramar. This hotel is a California contemporary high rise with individual balconies for each room. The Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica is a full luxury resort hotel offering spas and relxation services. Visitors entering off of the main entrance on Wilshire Blvd will be amazed at the various greenery, cabanas, fountains and beautiful lobby. Most of the rooms afford guests spectacular views of the ocean and the hotel is steps from a bridge that takes visitors down to the beach.
The hotels that line the beach of Santa Monica include Casa Del Mar, Shutters and Lowes. Each of these hotels are grand resorts and offer guests the ability to check in and then walk right out on the beach. The Casa Del Mar is the only five star property along this stretch. Guests checking in at the lobby will notice amongst the book cases, large furniture and chandeliers a gigantic window behind the bar and restaurant area that over looks the Pacific Ocean. Often, with the ocean crystal blue in the background, the whole lobby gives guests a feel of being on an island in the Pacific.
Shutters and Lowes are immediately adjacent to the Casa Del Mar. While not as full on fancy and elegant, these hotels are still very high priced and offer full spa and relaxation services. All of these hotels offer on site pools that have 360 views of the ocean, allowing guests to enjoy the sun, layout and enjoy a cocktail.
In addition to the four and five star hotels that line Ocean, there are many discounted budget hotels in the area as well. These include the Hotel California, Ocean View Hotel and a Travellodge.