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"This place is great if you have ever lived in LA or Santa Monica and are visiting again. It will remind you simultaneously of what you loved and why y ... " More

By FormerAngelina1978, from Denver, CO on Fri 31 May 2013

Hotel Description

Beach hotel near Santa Monica Beach

Oceanside stay

At this Downtown hotel, you'll be well placed to visit Santa Monica Beach and Santa Monica Pier, both within a 5-minute walk. Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place are also within half a mile (1 km).


Self parking is available and the hotel's front desk is staffed around-the-clock. WiFi in public areas is free. A terrace, a garden, and luggage storage are also on offer.

Free WiFi, LCD TVs

In addition to free WiFi, the 27 guestrooms offer LCD TVs and safes.

Single Room, 1 Queen Bed, Non Smoking

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
$174* Per night/room Jan 28 - Jan 29

Junior Suite, Multiple Beds, Non Smoking

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Double Room, 2 Queen Beds

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Double Room, Multiple Beds, Non Smoking

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Sea Blue Hotel ratings based on 9 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.2 out of 5 3.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 3.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 5.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Sea Blue Hotel

Everyone (3)
5 out of 5
Love the location of this hotel! It was immaculate and our check in was great! Alexis made sure we could check in early and she was super sweet!

Posted by on Apr 25, 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

May 8, 2019 by Alexis

Hi there! Thank you so much for sharing your experience. I am so happy you enjoyed your time here! I hope to see you again very soon :)

5 out of 5
The location is excellent. Long ago this used to be a darling apartments and the new owners kept the built-ins and the feel of Southern California courtyard living. I really enjoyed my night here. Parking was on site and there’s more shopping than any human needs within walking distance. The ocean is a block away and while there’s no view I could hear it from my room

Posted by , from Los Angeles on Dec 18, 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

Jan 15, 2019 by Mari

Jax, Thank you for your time. We are happy you enjoyed your stay. Mari Estrada - Manager

4 out of 5

Great location

This place is great if you have ever lived in LA or Santa Monica and are visiting again. It will remind you simultaneously of what you loved and why you left ; ) which I mean in the best way. If you haven't been to LA or SM before and/or have that gauzy romanticized version of "California" in your head - this place might be a rude awakening...We loved the location and not having to drive at all once we arrived (Though the parking fee is astronomical as per usual in LA area). So easy to walk down to the beach, 3rd street, and all the other great parts of Santa Monica Beach area. I guess I don't know how to describe it to anyone who hasn't lived in LA before. If you are looking for a standard or upscale, cushy experience do not book here. If you know and love LA for what she is you'll love it here! I'd stay again in a heartbeat.

Posted by , from Denver, CO on May 31, 2013

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5 out of 5

AN updated review

Pros: Free breakfast, Close restaurants, Free Internet, Quiet, close to the beach, charming style
Cons: Poor breakfast
After reading the very negative reviews from a few years ago, I felt I had to make it right. I stayed at this hotel with my family about a month ago. The personnel of the hotel was very nice and helpful. The rooms were very clean (and I am usually pretty picky). Of course, rooms are not as big as in more modern hotels. Our bathroom was small and did not have a shower, but we got over it (it was just for a few nights anyway). The style is very 60's maybe, but it has its charm. And although 60's, it is not dusty. It is actually kept pretty up to date. Only negative (although we did not see it as a problem): if you rely on the advertised free breakfast, you might be disappointed, it is very minimal. But there are many nearby places where to go for breakfast so that ended up not being a problem at all. This hotel is very well priced for the quality and location. I would definitely go there again.

Posted by , from El Paso, TX, USA on Aug 13, 2012

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1 out of 5

The Worst Hotel

I have never seen such a deceitful hotel like this one. The lady told a lie about an internet equipment in spite of double confimation when I made a reservation. The man at the front desk was very nasty and rude. I complained about internet immediately after my arrival, but he arrogantly said "" If you wanna cancel, pay full amount according to the cancellation policy."" I couldn't believe this hotel.

Posted by on Jan 25, 2007

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1 out of 5

Hippie Hotel

Back in the 60's i would have liked the sunken mattress,noisy fan and bent-up blinds and sub-par amenities. But now that I'm grown-up and prefer better accomadations i think i'll stay down road the next trip.Oh yeah did they tell you parking in thier lot is 15 bucks a day extra.

Posted by on Sep 5, 2006

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1 out of 5

Don't Stay Here

There is virtually NO Parking, its difficult and too close together. There is NO Air Conditioning, our room got to 120 degrees in the afternoon, unbearable. There was sand all over the floor, couch, bed. It was there when we got there, so not sure about the cleaning. The lady at the front desk was rude and not helpful. She was nasty to my daughter, who was there early in the morning for coffee and milk. But turned around and helped a man who entered after my daughter. This hotel was too expensive for what we got in return. NEVER stay here!!!

Posted by on Jul 7, 2006

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3 out of 5

Not So Great

The hotel was not at all what we expected. The staff, except one gentleman, was rude. Our room smelt like mold and sulfer and the carpeted floor was wet. Also, we were in lower unit so we could hear everything above us. Parking is bad-$15 a night if there is a space. Otherwise they recommend parking next door for $* night. Not so helpful! The location is great, however. You are right there next to the pier and shopping.

Posted by on Dec 31, 1999

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4 out of 5

Posted by on Aug 12, 2019

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Renovations + Closures

This property is undergoing renovations from 01 January 2020 to 29 February 2020 (completion date subject to change).

Renovation work will only be conducted during business hours. Every effort will be made to minimize noise and disturbance.

Property Features

Sea Blue Hotel offers its guests a terrace and a garden. WiFi is free in public spaces. For a fee, parking is available. This Santa Monica hotel is smoke free.

  • 27 guestrooms or units
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • No smoking on site


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Self parking (surcharge)


  • Airport: Los Angeles, CA (LAX-Los Angeles Intl.) (18 km / 11.2 mi)
  • Parking: Self parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

Sea Blue Hotel offers 27 accommodations with safes. LCD televisions are featured in guestrooms. Bathrooms include bathtubs or showers. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. Housekeeping is offered daily and irons/ironing boards can be requested.

  • LCD television
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Safe
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Ensuite bathroom

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 4 PM
  • Check-in time ends at 5 AM


  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.


  • Pets: USD 50 per pet, per stay


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A credit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

  • Debit cards not accepted
  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cribs (infant beds) available
  • No elevators


Guests will be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • City/local tax: USD 4.25

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property, but they may vary based on length of stay or the room booked.

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Self parking fee: USD 36.00 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Pet fee: USD 50 per pet, per stay
  • Early check-in fee: USD 10 (subject to availability)

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Hotel California
  • California Hotel Santa Monica
  • Hotel California Santa Monica
  • Sea Blue Hotel Santa Monica
  • Sea Blue Santa Monica
  • The Hotel California
  • Sea Blue Hotel Hotel
  • Sea Blue Hotel Santa Monica
  • Sea Blue Hotel Hotel Santa Monica
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