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Sep 16th, 2020
Someone did a good job with the photos for this place because it is definitely not bright, white and airy w/ great views of the ocean. It's clean and serviceable, but I was looking for a nice place to hang out when not site seeing (this was during covid and fires so we knew we'd be spending time in our room). We were on the first floor, our patio did look on to the ocean but you could not see it because of the parking lot right in front of the hotel. I paid way more per night then this room or view was worth. I asked for an upper floor balcony but they only had a queen and we paid for a king with a kitchen. We did not really feel safe when outside. People would walk through the patio area, in front of the rooms, and out the locked gate. One night, someone in the parking area (metered parking right in front of our room) was blasting music until the police finally came by around midnight. We sat on the patio eating while we watched some guy go to every person who parked at the meter, he put in a coin on a string to fill their meter and then asked for money in exchange. The meter maids are militant, so watch out for that. We watched them give out several tickets in the times we sat outside eating. There were people on the patio in front of our room smoking despite the no smoking signs. Staff did not notice (the lobby is a room right by the front) and we had to tell people twice to stop smoking. The last night we were there, people who were staying on either side of us, were out in the front patio yelling to each other, smoking and talking loudly. There were people in the back garden area, right behind our window, smoking and listening to loud music. We finally called the front desk at 12:30am and he said he didn't hear anything but he'd go look. I have no idea how he couldn't hear unless their office is better sound proofed than our room (the walls were paper thin and you can hear your neighbors in your room). The noise then did stop. In the morning we complained to the front desk. He apologized and said security walks around 3x a night. Then he charged us $12 for the 3 bottles of water we got during our stay. In other words, he couldn't even comp us our waters for the unpleasant night before. This hotel would be doable if; they kept on top of unsavory randoms hanging around, they lower the price if they don't have the room type pictured available for your stay, if they spaced out the guests better. I can't imagine on a weeknight in the middle of covid that the hotel was so booked they had to book 3 rooms in a row! TRIPADVISOR.COM USER
Bayside Hotel during Covid 2020
Jul 14th, 2020
Cute hotel across the street from the beach. Our room included an eat-in kitchen & fridge. Beach towels and chairs were provided, which was a nice surprise. The staff was extremely helpful. If you want an affordable place to stay on the beach this is a great option. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER
Best oceanfront hotel in Santa Monica
Feb 24th, 2020
The Bayside Hotel is an absolute gem. The staff led by General Manager Robert Bargas is friendly, attentive, courteous and first class. The rooms are spotless with a casual beach simplicity. The location cannot be beat. Especially if you love the beach.I return and will continue to return to this gem of a property. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER
Dec 17th, 2019
This Hotel is close proximity to the beach boardwalk only a block away and 10 minute walk to Santa Monica Pier, but for the prices and the amenities it's pretty average. We had a room with a small kitchen on the parking lot side, There were a few issues/complaints that we had. Loud! Walls are paper thin and can hear everything, especially people yelling from roadway and the traffic as well. The stains on the window coverings were gross, The bathroom fixtures were in need of some repair and maintenance. The first night we tried to have a shower and couldnt get any warm water! It worked the other 2 days on our stay. No microwave in the kitchen was kind of a disappointment with having the kitchen. Also no clocks in the room. Our family would not stay here again. Nor recommend this hotel unless the cleanliness improved and maintenance was completed. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER
Dec 2nd, 2019
Nice room in a good position but overpriced for what it is IMO. 4pm check in was a bit hard as well. Very clean room and well set out. Really impressed with the staff outside. Blocked the toilet in the first 5 minutes there and the handyman was a legend. Santa Monica is a great spot if you want to walk but a long way out of the city. Hop on Hop off bus comes past but not worth the price IMO. I enjoyed the area though. Homeless issue down on the beach is sad but not once did I feel threatened or scared. It was cold when I was there and the beaches empty. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER
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