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Rest Haven Motel 2.0

Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California

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  • Centrally located near the beach and downtown Santa Monica
  • Seven-minute drive to Santa Monica Pier
  • Quaint and homey rooms have flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, and ceiling fans
  • Cheerful and inviting atmosphere
  • Pretty backyard courtyard with greenery and seating
  • Free Wi-Fi and parking
  • Provides daily housekeeping 


  • No air-conditioning, king-size beds, or coffeemakers
  • No business services or lobby area
  • Immediate area is busy and gritty

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The 14-room Rest Haven Motel is a budget property on a quiet street at busy -- and gritty -- Lincoln Boulevard and Grant Street in Santa Monica, with the beach, restaurants, and shops within walking distance. Built in 1938, the motel nostalgically evokes an earlier time. Rooms are quaintly decorated with pine-knotted furniture, hooked area rugs, and inspirational wall hangings, and include flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, safes, and ceiling fans, but no air-conditioning, king-size beds, or coffeemakers. Free Wi-Fi and parking are available, along with daily housekeeping. The hotel has no lobby, but there is a delightful backyard courtyard with seating and pretty flowers, where guests can gather. 

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A friendly, quiet, nostalgically homey budget hotel 

Built in 1938, the Rest Haven Motel couples a nostalgic, homey vibe with a friendly and inviting atmosphere. White and trimmed in nautical blue, with a big "Motel" sign, check-in window, and inspirational homilies dotting the hotel, the property plays on its past. A highlight is the lovely backyard courtyard, with a mosaic-tiled table and chairs under an umbrella. A small lawn holds white, cushioned patio furniture. Flowers and garden decorations make it a lovely spot to relax with a book and get some sun. 


On a peaceful, tree-lined street off busy -- and gritty -- Lincoln Boulevard

The Rest Haven Motel sits on a quiet residential street lined with small, beach-style homes behind a Jack in the Box burger stand off busy and gritty Lincoln Boulevard. Restaurants, shops, and the beach are within walking distance, while the Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica Place Mall, and Santa Monica Pier are within a seven-minute drive. Venice beach is a 12-minute drive from the hotel, and the Getty Museum is 15-minutes away. Los Angeles International Airport is a 20-minute drive.


Pine-knotted furntiure with flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, ceiling fans, and homilies on the walls

Each room is designed slightly differently, with pine-knotted furniture and inspirational quotes hanging on the walls. Colorful comforters, wood floors, and doilies decorate the area, along with tablecloths and neutral-colored hook rugs. One room has two bedrooms. All rooms have mounted flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, safes, and ceiling fans but no air-conditioning, coffeemakers, or king-size beds. Rooms have free Wi-Fi, but the signal can be weak, and it's often necessary to step outside. Hairdryers, irons, and small computer tables are available on request. Most of the bathrooms are small, with white pedestal sinks, dated brown tile, and Spa Green and Rain Breeze toiletries. They are shower only -- no tubs.


Free Wi-Fi and parking, and lovely backyard courtyard seating

The Rest Haven offers free Wi-Fi and ample parking. There's a backyard seating area with plants and garden decorations. The motel doesn't have a proper lobby or serve any food or drinks on-site. 

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815 Grant St, Santa Monica, California 90405-1311, United States


310 452 3977

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