Review: Bayside Hotel Santa Monica, CA

Everyone loves a trip to the beach and even better the ability to find a hotel near the beach at an economical price.  Well, in Santa Monica, CA that isn’t the easiest thing to find.  There are several hotels on or near the beach but they are too expensive for the casual traveler.

I researched the internet for just about every hotel in Santa Monica, CA within walking distance to the beach and Santa Monica Pier and checked the prices.  What I found was one hotel that stood out from the rest….The Bayside Hotel.

The Bayside Hotel is located a block away from the Pacific Ocean and beach and about a half mile from the Santa Monica Pier.  The Bayside Hotel offers a variety of room options such as a suite with a fully-equipped kitchen, ocean view rooms, courtyard and economy rooms. All rooms are non-smoking and many are wheelchair accessible. Bayside Hotel’s services and amenities include: daily and weekly rates, free parking, maid service, and wireless Internet access.

First off, this hotel has more of a motel feel to it, but I say that in a good way.  Many times people are tentative to stay in motels, but this hotel puts any motel to shame.  The Bayside Hotel is in the process of updating all of their rooms, which will most certainly give the hotel a more modern feel to it.  We initially had a room with a courtyard view, which featured a large bathroom, kitchen area and bedroom.  The only problem with the room was it was one that was not updated yet and we were in need of a room that offered air conditioning, which this one did not.  A quick trip to the office changed that and we were taken care of and immediately placed in a new room that did have air conditioning.  I can attest that the breezes from the ocean are wonderful if your room faces it!  The new room had a vaulted ceiling, ceiling fan, large bathroom, AC, TV, and everything was modern and updated.

The price for the hotel was amazing considering the location.  Anytime you can find a hotel near the ocean for under $150.00 you certainly have to look into it.  Another perk of the hotel is the patio area right in the front.  There are several tables, chairs, and umbrellas inside this quaint area perfect for relaxing and looking out at the beach and ocean directly in front of you.  We spent the afternoon on the beach and then walked back to the hotel and enjoyed the sunset from the patio area!

We would advise people to certainly give this hotel an opportunity to impress you on a stay in Santa Monica.  Whether you are coming for business or pleasure, I would recommend this hotel to someone who wants convenience, economical accommodations, and beautiful views of the beach and ocean, to book a night at the Bayside Hotel and enjoy your trip.

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