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Travelodge Santa Monica 2.0

Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California

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Pros

  • Pleasant location in trendy Santa Monica
  • Variety of room types include some options with whirlpool hot tubs or kitchenettes
  • Free and extensive breakfast with pancakes, fruit, and cereals
  • Courtyard features barbecues and picnic tables
  • Business center with two computers
  • Coin-operated laundry on-site
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Free parking on-site

Cons

  • Noise carrying from hallways and upper floors to some rooms can be an issue
  • Wi-Fi is not always reliable
  • No gym, pool, or full restaurant

Bottom Line

In a trendy part of town with a lot of four- and five-pearl hotels, the Travelodge Santa Monica offers a budget-friendly alternative. There's a variety of rooms available, including some with whirlpool tubs and kitchenettes. The hotel also provides free breakfast, (occasionally unreliable) free Wi-Fi, and parking, and pets are allowed in some rooms for a fee. A business center and an internal courtyard with picnic seating and barbecues are added perks, but there's no gym or pool.

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Scene

A simple, welcoming atmosphere in an affordable, no-frills hotel 

From the outside, the hotel's blue-shingled walls and white window trimmings give the Travelodge Santa Monica an East Coast seaside vibe that wouldn't be out of place in Cape Cod. The relaxing, beach-oriented feel seems to be exactly what the hotel is going for. Inside, cheerful photographs and paintings of the beach, the Santa Monica Pier, and the Promenade hang on the walls. The lobby is small, with a reception counter and two blue chairs, and a couple of potted plants spruce it up.

The courtyard is another lovely space, with lounge chairs and picnic tables scattered around and enough space for several parties to congregate comfortably. There are also two barbecues for guest use. Palm trees, flowers, and other succulents and greenery give the courtyard a warm, natural atmosphere. 

Location

In a pleasant Santa Monica neighborhood, a short drive to the beach 

The neighborhood right around the Travelodge is pleasant, with local shops, restaurants, and a Trader Joe's supermarket in the immediate vicinity. The hotel is located in Santa Monica, an independent city in Los Angeles Country, about 30 or so blocks to the beach. A bus to the beach stops near the hotel, and it's about a five-minute drive away. The Third Street Promenade and other Santa Monica attractions also take around five minutes to reach. Beverly Hills is about a 15-minute drive from, while Hollywood could take 30 to 45 minutes depending on traffic. Los Angeles International Airport is 20 minutes away without traffic, while Bob Hope Airport in Burbank takes around 35 minutes to reach outside of rush hour. 

Rooms

Variety of room types, some with whirlpool hot tubs or kitchenettes

The Travelodge Santa Monica offers 12 different room types, all of which are large, clean, and simply decorated with white bed spreads, red bed scarves and bedskirts, wooden furniture, and gold-framed prints of beach scenes. Some rooms have fully equipped kitchenettes with stoves and ovens, while others feature whirlpool hot tubs. Pets are allowed in some rooms (for a fee). 

All rooms come with coffeemakers, mini-fridges, microwaves, and tables, as well as desks, large flat-screen TVs, and DVD players. Many rooms have alarm clocks with built-in MP3 players. Bathrooms are plain but clean, and most have shower/tub combos. Noise from other rooms and common areas can sometimes be heard in guest rooms.

Features

Free, but sometimes unreliable, Wi-Fi and a great free breakfast 

A free breakfast of fruit, hard-boiled eggs, oatmeal, cereal, bagels, pancakes, coffee, tea, and juice is served daily in the Bear Bites breakfast room by the lobby. A simple tiled space with a TV and wood table and chairs, the room is enormously livened by the small pot of flowers on each table. The hotel also has a business center with a couple of computers and offers free Wi-Fi to all guests, although the connection is not always reliable. There are also coin-operated laundry facilities, and on-site parking is free for guests. 

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Address

3102 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, California 90405-2006, United States

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