Best Boutique Hotels in Santa Monica

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    Viceroy Santa Monica
    Santa Monica, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1893 reviewsTripAdvisor (1893)
    Free WiFi

    "Stylish," "intimate" and "swanky" are just some of the words recent guests used to describe this chic hotel, located just a few blocks northwest of Santa Monica Pier. Each of Viceroy Santa Monica's guest rooms and suites come equipped with Egyptian cotton linens, complimentary Wi-Fi access, a flat-screen TV, luxury bath products and a fully stocked private bar. Guests of this Viceroy property also have access to two on-site plunge pools and a 24-hour fitness center (access to which is covered in the $30.99 daily resort fee). Hoping to see more of L.A.'s beaches? Venture to Venice Beach or stroll the Third Street Promenade — both can be found within 2 miles of the hotel and are easy to reach thanks to the hotel's on-site bike rentals (also included in the resort fee). Meanwhile, business travelers can stay plugged in at the wireless business center before treating their taste buds to tasty bites at Cast.

    Santa Monica, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1893 reviewsTripAdvisor (1893)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Shore Hotel Santa Monica
    Santa Monica, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3335 reviewsTripAdvisor (3335)
    Free WiFi

    This boutique hotel just across Ocean Avenue from the Santa Monica Pier and Beach began booking guests in its airy, modern, and eco-conscious guest rooms in October of 2011. Fifty percent of the building materials used for the hotel were salvaged from unused construction materials, and its 164 rooms feature low-flow water fixtures, teak furniture and balconies overlooking the ocean. Because parking in Santa Monica can be a horror, Shore Hotel provides an underground garage, though some recent guests call out the hotel for its exorbitant parking fees ($35 per night). Visitors rave about the hotel's modern decor, along with its solar-heated pool and its on-site Mexican restaurant, Blue Plate Taco. The Shore Hotel's sustainable amenities do not come cheap, but recent guests say the price is worth it.

    Santa Monica, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3335 reviewsTripAdvisor (3335)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    The Georgian Hotel
    Santa Monica, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2774 reviewsTripAdvisor (2774)
    Free WiFi

    A Santa Monica mainstay since 1933, the Georgian Hotel sits less than a half mile east of the famed Santa Monica Pier. Guests appreciate its prime location in addition to the charming art deco design that's featured throughout the property. While the hotel has maintained its 80-year art deco heritage, its rooms boast modern amenities, such as LCD flat-screen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi access and spacious work desks. Though some previous guests lamented the small size of the rooms, they were more complimentary of the on-site eatery, The Veranda Restaurant. If the restaurant's coastal California cuisine and Mediterranean-fusion tapas aren't your style, you'll find plenty of other eateries within walking distance of the hotel. And if you're traveling with any furry friends in tow, rest assured that the Georgian Hotel is pet-friendly, with dog sitters, dog parks and dog spas all within easy reach of the property. Despite its unbeatable location, the Georgian Hotel does lack some of the amenities found at other properties in the area, including a pool and spa.

    Santa Monica, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2774 reviewsTripAdvisor (2774)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Oceana Beach Club Hotel
    Santa Monica, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1397 reviewsTripAdvisor (1397)
    Free WiFi

    The Oceana Beach Club Hotel's small stature allows it to be even more conscientious of its guests than the average boutique property. And because it sits just a mile north of the Santa Monica Pier and Beach, the Oceana is free of the congestion that plagues this touristy part of town. Guests particularly like the homey vibe here and find it markedly more quiet than some of Santa Monica's hipper hotels. Rooms are outfitted in brightly colored decor, balconies boasting ocean views, C.O. Bigelow toiletries and complimentary Wi-Fi access. For an extra dose of R & R, try your hand at complimentary yoga classes, indulge in a spa treatment or simply lounge by the outdoor pool before enjoying tasty SoCal cuisine at Tower 8. Just be warned: The added resort fee ($35 per night) surprises –and disappoints – some guests. The fee covers use of the hotel's bikes, guided hikes in the Santa Monica Mountains and a welcome glass of prosecco, among other amenities.

    Santa Monica, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1397 reviewsTripAdvisor (1397)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    The Ambrose
    Santa Monica, CA
    3.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1440 reviewsTripAdvisor (1440)
    Free Breakfast
    Free WiFi

    Situated in a quiet, serene area of Santa Monica, California, The Ambrose charms guests with an updated and eco-friendly atmosphere. Guests looking for some relaxation, the hotel’s elegant rooms come equipped with luxury linens, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi access. Start your day with complimentary continental breakfast before working up a sweat at the fitness center. Alternatively, catch up on emails at the business center (both are open 24/7). If you’re looking to explore, jump on one of the house bicycles (first come, first served) or take the house electric car service to attractions within a 3-mile radius of the property, including downtown Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Pier. Upon return, wind down at the on-site bar and lounge serving drinks and snacks. Recent guests applaud the ease of on-site parking (albeit for a fee), but they note that the rooms along the alley can be a little noisy because of commercial traffic.

     

    Santa Monica, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1440 reviewsTripAdvisor (1440)
    3.5-star Hotel Class
    Free Breakfast
    Free WiFi
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    Palihouse Santa Monica
    Santa Monica, CA
    3.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 531 reviewsTripAdvisor (531)
    Free WiFi

    If you’re looking for a unique and captivating experience in California, look no further than the Palihouse Santa Monica. This boutique property has been named a Santa Monica Historic Landmark because of its Moorish-influenced, Mediterranean-revival architecture. Guests have their choice of 38 rooms where creative and old-world details were essential during their design – custom furnishings, unique wallpaper and photo-worthy windows. Rooms also include high-tech amenities, including flat-screen TVs, stocked minifridges and free Wi-Fi access. Walk through the hotel’s garden or enjoy a meal at the on-site restaurant, which serves free continental breakfast on weekends and sources ingredients from the nearby Santa Monica Farmers Market. Recent guests rave about the above-and-beyond customer service and historic feel, but they were disappointed that remodeling was happening during their stays.

    Santa Monica, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 531 reviewsTripAdvisor (531)
    3.5-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Hotel Shangri-La
    Santa Monica, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1387 reviewsTripAdvisor (1387)

    Hotel Shangri-La is one of the most recognizable buildings on Santa Monica's Ocean Avenue. In fact, this 70-room hotel's distinctive art deco look is one of the key reasons recent visitors suggested you stay here. Guest rooms boast excellent views of the Pacific and the Santa Monica Beach, as well as flat-panel TVs, complimentary internet access and iPod docking stations. Visitors were won over by the decor, which consists of parquet floors, soft purple fabrics and bold animal print accents. However, some travelers note that the area can get noisy at night, which can hinder a sound sleep. Guests at the Hotel Shangri-La will have access to the Dining Room, which serves fresh market-to-table fare. For lighter snacks and drinks, head to ONYX, the hotel's rooftop bar and lounge.

    Santa Monica, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1387 reviewsTripAdvisor (1387)
    4.0-star Hotel Class