More about Travelodge Santa Monica Pico Boulevard
Family of 5 stayed here while visiting relatives in Santa Monica. Spotlessly clean and inexpensive hotel in a mixed residential / commercial neighborhood. It is a very easy drive to the beach and pier. Trader Joes is next door. Easy access the the Santa Monica Freeway. The staff is friendly. Room included a refrigerator, coffee maker and microwave. The hotel consists of three buildings, with small, free parking lots in-between, a little crowded, but always found a space. Breakfast buffet is adequate, nice pastries and fruit, but no cream for the coffee. No pool or exercise room. Agree that the courtyard building is the nicest, with secure gated access with keycard. I've stayed at the Doubletree in Santa Monica, nearer the pier and beach, but I'd rather stay in this place -- you have to drive anywhere you go in SoCal - and you can blow the money you save here on other fun stuff. The high room rates at the local places near the beach seem ridiculous when you add in the parking, the crowds, the traffic and the homeless people. If safety is your priority - just skip LA entirely - you take your life in your hands the minute you get off the plane at LAX. Overall, this place is a simple, clean and pleasant place to stay in LA area.
After having a bad experience the night before at the Travelodge in Montery, I was hesitant to stay here -- but to my surprise this Travelodge was 100% clean and bright. The staff was friendly and helpful. Our room was on the second floor, which meant lugging your bag up a flight of stairs, but for the rate and the free breakfast, it was fine. The room was large and clean. Easy access just off the highway. You are not near the beach, but if you are just passing through and need a place to sleep, this is perfect.
cheap, great value
very standard travel lodge. was surprised by how nice the room was when we first got into the room.
King sized bed between 3 students seemed a little fruity but they instantly brought a roll away on request.
if your staying here to see santa monica, note its not within walking distance. if your staying here to generally travel LA its fine. few bars in the area within walking distance and a very very expensive world class italian opposite so the guide book said.
not sure if i'd stay again, not because of the hotel. mainly because we had to drive to get into santa monica itself, and if you need a base hotel to explore LA, i wouldn't choose any city area to stay in, because its probably cheaper to stay in a hotel off a freeway which would be nicer and probably cheaper.
Safe location for touring LA
Like other recent reviews we were also pleasantly surprised to discover this hotel. Having driven from Barstow as part of a 3 week fly drive from the UK and being somewhat worried by the sights as we drove into the LA outskirts this location was ideal for my family of 5.
The hotel staff were all very helpful and the rooms were incredibly clean and seemingly revamped in 2003. The rooms allowed a rollaway to fit in and the kitchen area was a great improvement on other hotels. The breakfast is plentiful and the evening snacks were also good for the kids.
Our one regret is that the hotel does not have a swimming pool on site. You are 2-3 miles from the Santa Monica beach and cheap ($6) parking all day but it would have been nice to have had a pool.
We spent 4 days (13-17 Aug) here and found Santa Monica a lovely town to walk around with some great shops and restaurants but you really need a car to get around as we went into Hollywood/ Rodeo Drive etc.
Security at the hotel seemed good and whilst the hotel is on a fairly busy road it seemed reasonably quiet.
Two other bits of advice we would give is that you need to check the condition of the bikes you can hire down by Santa Monica pier. We found ours were very uncomfortable and quite old. Finally, I wouldn't recommend you bother going along to Venice Beach unless you like lots of tacky shops. It certainly didn't seem to be a place to go to of an evening.
Nice place. Clean, well-maintained and reasonably priced (by Santa Monica standards). New frig and microwave in rooms. Staff was helpful and courteous, and the breakfast was good. Only drawback was the tight parking, but that's to be expected at popular places around SAnta Monica. It's a hike to ocean from here (three miles or so), but an easy drive and the city bus goes right by the hotel. Hotel is in a pleasant neighborhood with quite a few small shops. I recommend Rae's Restaurant just down the street for a good, inexpensive dinner.
I stayed at the T-Lodge last summer for one night and it was perfect. Polite and efficient staff, clean room and bath room, working TV, quiet inside and outside the hotel.
No complaints whatsoever.
Utilitarian, clean, good location
When I stayed at the Travelodge on Pico in Santa Monica in September 2005, I had a good experience. It was a clean, basic place to stay in a great location for exploring the west side of LA and western cities (Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Malibu). Although it is close to the Santa Monica freeway (I-10), and thus has significant background noise, the double paned windows in the rooms help to keep the noise level tolerable. I'm very sensitive to ambient noise, and wasn't overly annoyed while staying at this hotel. To me it appeared to be well-run, with a sincere interest in customer service. Also, unlike many hotels in Los Angeles, it had free self-parking, instead of daily fees or the highly annoying (to me, anyway) valet service.
Believe it or not, it is possible to walk a little bit in Los Angeles. The excellent and economical food store Trader Joe's is just a few doors east on Pico, and is a great place to buy provisions for traveling: trail mix, drinks, pre-made meals, etc. If you like interesting and unusual foods and have never been to a Trader Joe's, this store is a tourist destination in its own right. Just a block or two farther east on Pico is a decent used record store, at roughly Pico and 33 1/3 St. (how fitting).
Nice neighborhood, A+ housekeeping - but ask for rm upstairs!
Overall this is a decent budget hotel, but with plenty of caveats to balance out the bonuses.
First the highlights:
The neighborhood, as previously noted, is utterly charming, filled with local shops (the most obvious chain presence is the [bonus] Trader Joe's, next door), cafes, and other decidedly eccentric storefront enterprises.
Every room gets some street noise, but the dearth of trendy nightclubs means no 2am traffic jams, promotional shenanigans, or last-minute hookup frenzies.
People really *do* walk in L.A., at least in Santa Monica, but you'll find this hotel's location perfect for driving. Freeway access is easy via a number of entrances / exits so you can sneak around the traffic and save yourself some grief.
Housekeeping is alert and efficient - we never encountered them directly, but saw them discreetly observing and working around guest's schedules. They moved all our stuff to a new room our second day, and everything was perfectly intact.
We didn't patronize the breakfast room, but it looks very European - better than the stack of danishes and instant coffee packets of a lot of US motor lodges.
Now the lowlights:
The management at the Travelodge Pico is horrendous, and I'd guess that half the rooms are not at all recommendable.
Upon check in I was advised, over and over and over, that not one but two rooms had been reserved in my name. Bret, the world's most passive-agressive hotel clerk, scolded me a total of seven times for having only one confirmation number, for one room, as clearly he saw two reservations.
The manager was summoned, and he spent even longer blaming me for having "pushed return too many times" when I reserved the room [by phone, not online]. His hotel school must have had a whole curriculum for Vehemently Blaming the Guest: he really expected me to pay for 2 rooms, even though only one, it turned out, was actually vacant.
I'd asked for a top floor suite, but ended up with a tiny first floor room (111) so tiny that the basin was beside the bed, far from the toy toilet and miniature shower. Besides the beguiling wall-mounted fluourescent tube, this room had sound piped in from just about every other room and especially from the jacuzzi suite upstairs. Warning: do not accept a room beneath a jacuzzi suite. Many ill informed decisions were poorly executed there by multiple parties (booked by the hour?), and is very popular with the 2am-6am crowd.
The hotel has been remodelled many times, by a series of disgruntled contractors who used little insulation and no compatible systems; every room squeaks and groans, and many rooms get television noise from sections upstairs and across the hall.
This I learned from a desk clerk who was not Bret, who found us a very vacant suite in the Courtyard the second night. Room 404, my original booking, is twice the size of 111 and has 2 whole nightstands, a desk and chair and coffee maker, a basin where you'd expect it, and a working floor lamp and everything.
I'd definitely stay at the Travelodge again, but only in an upstairs room in the Courtyard, and only if that's guaranteed by someone other than Bret or the manager.
Great updated hotel for a Great Price!
I was really nervous to stay at any of the "affordable" places in Santa Monica after reading some of the reviews on here. My family and I decided to stay here after reading pretty good reviews and seeing it higher on the list. What a GREAT decision!!! The Travelodge has been recently updated. We all had such a wonderful surprise when we opened the doors to our rooms and found a decent size kitchenette. It had a table and two chairs, microwave and small fridge along with a sink and of course the coffee maker. Everything was clean clean clean, and the staff was very friendly. Continental breakfast was well supplied with a little bit of everything. With lots of great pastries, muffins, tea breads, crossiants, danishes, they also had bread and a toaster, hardboiled eggs, coffee, tea, and orange juice. Kind of far from the heart of Santa Monica, but if you are not really in need of walking distance to everything, I would highly recommend this place.
If concrete beds are your thing...
This property located on Pico Blvd. in Santa Monica is the cleanest, most polite, hotel that I have ever been in BUT, the beds are equivalent to slabs of cement. I like a firm mattress, but this takes it to another whole level, a prison level! This hotel offers no discounts, so I paid approx. a $120 a night for no sleep for two nights. I stayed there a year ago and had the same complaint and I was assured that it was because they were new. Well, it's a year later, and they are still just as hard. They are not new, they are cheap. The walls are so thin, that I know more about the stranger in the next room than I care to...like when he's moving into his new house! He was just talking on the phone! I also know things about the other room that we won't go into! If you park on the suite side, the parking is at a weird angle and very close together. You actually have to try to back out onto a busy street to get out and when you come in late at night watch for the curb trying to get into this place. I just about took out my right axle. It's a shame that the owner won't put the money into making it comfortable. I guess you can't do much about noise or parking, but you can at least spring for a good mattress.
Overlooking Santa Monica
Santa Monica Pier from sea end
Johnny Rockets, Santa Monica
where can I park for free?
There are several parking garages in Downtown Santa Monica along both Second and Fourth Streets adjacent to the Third Street Promenade area, and easy walking distance to the pier and beach. The first two hours are free, and it's $1 per half hour after that. If you come on Sunday, parking is free at the meters on the streets (i.e. - you don't have to feed the meters).
This is the parking structure website for Santa Monica: http://parking.smgov.net/overview.html
You need to check the signs posted on weekends especially on the beach as you may need to pay even in the weekends.