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This Sunday came at the perfect time. We've been putting in extra hours and effort to get Natalie caught up and we've all been together all day everyday so this day off was needed. John, Natalie, Molly, and I made our way on the $3 Beach Bus to Santa Monica! It worked out really well and the weather is perfect today for it! We've walked up and down the pier, and around ...
Today we bused it down to Santa Monica pier. Weather was amazing and the views were great with lots going on. Only had a few hours here as we had to bus it back to catch out flight to Vegas. There was so many people down there just playing volleyball or rollerblading. It seemed like a very upper class life style with the house and cars we passed in the area. Great beach ...
... with Deanne. Jasmine is a photographer, married an American, Charlie, who heads a digital effect company that has worked on a lot of cool movies such as the Spider-Man series. Together with their friend Paulette from New York they were busily creating costumes for an electronic music and light show in Vegas this coming week-end. While they did that, Deanne and I drove down to the beach to see The Pacific Ocean from the other side. Turns out there is a lot of difference, ...
... along every day! We chose our targets (Scary clown, zombie, terrorist????) and put in our ear plugs and covered them with ear defenders. It was like being at the bottom of the ocean and added to the surrealism of the experience. Julie's showed us how to load the bullets and her husband talked us through our first shots. So many things to try and keep in mind I was a fairly awful shot but was happy with managing to hit at least the zombie ...
... the wall that surrounds Xi'An, China. I was tired of walking....really needed a bench. I saw one off in the distance and excitedly approached it. Someone had pooped on it. There was an impressively large human **** on the bench. I was unwilling to share the bench with the **** so I walked away heartbroken....and a bit grossed out.
The Golden McNugget for the best bench goes to....
Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia. Many turdless benches with great views ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Bayside Hotel Santa Monica
Great staff,very helpful.Clean rooms and wonderful staff ,did I already say that?Location,location, location!Price affordable for single mum from oz during autumn.One step from glorious Pacific Ocean sunsets!
The Bayside is in a perfect location to walk to the beach, pier, and other Santa Monica attractions. We were also able to walk to the nearby busline, which brought us to Venice Beach within minutes. The hotel itself was clean and comfortable. No frills, but otherwise very nice. The view from the front deck is breathtaking! If you get a room with a patio, I suggest requesting one up front or else you're basically in an alleyway. :( The front desk staff was very pleasant and helpful...I would definitely stay here again. :)
Great View, Great Location
We stayed just one night (would have stayed more) and our expierience at Bayside Hotel in Santa Monica CA left us feeling very satisfied, you definetly get your money's worth. Granted Bayside is not a luxurious hotel, but for young or old travelers looking for a budget room you can't go wrong with Bayside. Without frills, but with a great location (Santa Monica pier, downtown shopping, 3rd st. promenade etc. all short walks away) and an old 50's look (very clean) bayside is where it's at. I would reccomend this hotel to my traveling friends and family any day.
Great Location, Cute Room, Good Experience
All in all this was a great stay. The room was clean, comfortable and we had plenty of room. The ocean view from our picture window was worth the extra money. Outside our room were umbrella tables where we spent time drinking coffee and planning the day. We waked to Santa Monica Pier, Venice Beach, Third Street Promenade, dining and more. We would definitely stay here again. (Be sure to have breakfast at the Omlette Parlor!)
Now that's what I call vacation
Rent a ocean view room with kitchen and you have one of the most pleasant hotel rooms in Santa Monica, relax in front of your room an watch the Pacific, get a glass of California wine or ice cold beer and just relax. Not for everyone, no restaurant or bar, but if you like to prepare oyur own food, dtive to the next Von's or bette to an helath food supermarket at Broadway and habe your daily feast with ocean view. Will always come back
I, along with two friends, stayed at the Bayside Hotel for Spring Break. To start off, the web site is very misleading. Our room was plain and simply discusting. The room was dirty and old. Our door did not have a dead bolt, only a regular door lock, so at night we would jam a chair in the door. The windows were old, and one was painted shut. The walls were dirty with fingerprints on them. No air-conditioning, just a old fan that I thought was going to fall on us at night. The bathroom, however, was actually ok. The hotel is close to the ocean, but there is nothing going on in that area. It was very cheap, so I guess you get what you pay for. I would never stay at this hotel again.
Good service, great area
Rooms are clean, staff is friendly. Great thing about this hotel is that parking is included with the room, unusual in the Santa Monica area that you don't have to pay for parking. Close to the beach and only a five minute drive (if not less) to the pier and the promanade.
Staff is wonderful in making sure you have what you need when you need it. Rates are a little high but the rooms are clean and in good order.
I stay here every time I come to Santa Monica which is once a month.
Dire - only one mark for staff!
Arrived June 2003 for three nights. Stayed only one and one too many.
Not cheap - to be fair far from expensive either but was expecting something like their inviting images shown on their website, only to be bitterly dissapointed. Rooms were jaded and need a thorough overhaul.
Staff were only plus point as they were considerate - save your money and go to a motel where you will find higher standards.
The people in reception were really friendly and helpfull we liked it so much we stayed an extra night. The room was nice and clean the toilet didn't work but as soon as we reported it they fixed it straight away.
It was in a really nice area and had a good car park.
Would definitely stay there again.
My experience of Bayside,
Only One key
No Air Conditioning in my room
Shampoo and conditioner combination very cheap
More room than parking places, so many people
had to park on the street.
Checkin 3:00 pm checkout 11:00 am, so if you come
early you cannot check in!!
I am not returning.
Close to beach