BEST WESTERN PLUS Gateway Hotel Santa Monica
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We arrived to a typical LA day. Overcast and a little rain. Typically the border security tight and little has changed except that the immigration man was pleasant. A nice change. Found our booked shuttle eventually only to have an extra circuit of LAX for no reason. Getting to hotel was ok. Could not get our room till 3 pm so we had 5hours to kill …
A long sleep in. Tried the bus to Hollywood . To start with not that successful but by end of day sorted out. Half the time to get back than get there. The typical tourist in a small open bus to see the sights. On way to bus stop came across a small shoe store(just the size of a small buntings store) always hard to get a shoeaholic out of it. And only 2 pairs.
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I left may key
We have just returned to japan from Best Western Gateway Hotel.
Thankfuly we had nice stay and wonderful trip.
By the way ,May I ask you a favor.
We checked out at may 13.
Our reservation name is Key Sakamoto.My name is Masakuni Mukaino
But sadly I may have lefy my keyt in the room 431.
If you can find my key(with keyholder) ,send it to me ,please.
I thank you in advance of your help.
My address : 2-98 okamoto kasugashi fukuoka japan
Telephone : 092-571-1068
fax : 092-441-5520
Very basic and expensive for what it had
Having stayed in the montrose and moving here we were a little disappointed at the difference. It was a needs must situation that we stayed here as a member of our party underwent an operation at the hospital across the road. For this reason we got preferential rates and it still wasn't cheap. If we had paid the listed price on the wall I would have been really against staying there. It is very basic. It is clean but in an area quite far from any attractions. The parking is free which is a plus. If you have a car it would be fine but not a destination for an enjoyable hotel stay, comfy beds aside. It was ideal for us but if I was going on a pleasure trip I would not choose to stay here. There is a comfort inn down the road with a roof top pool, double sized rooms and free breakfast for the same price.
The Hotel is best suited for business travellers and not for people on holiday. It is situated 1.5 miles from the centre of Santa Monica and is surrounded by Car Salerooms and office buildings. There are no shop or restaurants and the IHOP adjacent to the hotel is the only place to eat within walking distance. The Hotel is surrounded on 3 sides by very busy major roads so you are unable to open windows for fresh air and the air conditioning units are incredibly noisy. We found the walls, floor and even the beds vibrate due to the constant traffic and the poor air conditioning units which are installed under the windows of each room. We asked to change rooms 3 times but the problem still pursisted. The staff were unhelpful and shrugged their shoulders when told of the problem. A "couldn't careless attitude". During our 3 week vacation we stayed in 5 different Best Westerns and this was definately the worst AND the most expensive. Stay downtown Santa Monica, the hotels are much better situated. 3rd Street Promendade is well worth visiting either during the day or night and there are plenty of eating establishments and bars. Santa Monica rating 8
Hotel rating 3
If not for the free shuttle service to the beach, the location isn't the best. It takes 20-mins to walk to Third St. Promenade. But IHOP has a reasonable menu. I also took advantage of the free Internet access in the lobby, so that was good. My two complaints would be how the rooms aren't sound proof. I could almost hear the details of the conversation going on in the next room. And the flooring is just too thin. My ceiling trembled and sounded like it would give way whenever the fella who stayed in the room above me walked around. The mattress was also very tired and should have been retired for the guest's goodnight's sake! I'd given it 5 stars if not for these.
Small, but does the trick
For the price, it does the trick. The hotel is small, but nice and comfy.
I would recommend it!
Second time there, second time enjoyment
Came back to Southern California again and booked two rooms at the Gateway. Once again, thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Great service from the staff there, ideal parking, IHOP also still great and got the desire to walk around the neighborhood, which is very safe. Santa Monica itself is place you must visit if you are in the area and the Gateway is where you should stay.
Economical for St. John's family members, but....
I stayed here for last two days of my son's 5 day hospital stay in St. John's at the beginning of March 2004. I spent the 1st 3 days at the Ambrose, and switched here to save money.
The room will never compare to the Ambrose, but the cost doesn't compare either. I was very disappointed to find out their "hi-speed" internet was wi-fi service, and I would have to pay deposit to rent a card for my laptop if I wanted it. Then I found out it wouldn't work anyway on my NT operating system (my company is a little behind the times). At this point, I was wishing for the Ambrose and their hi-speed no-hassle network connection.
The IHOP downstairs was convenient, but for a couple staying here, the cost of breakfast would about outweigh the room cost benefit over the Ambrose with their included gourmet continental breakfast.
The room was OK and parking was free. The distance to the hospital is about the same as the Ambrose - easy walking from either hotel. If you're stressed about your loved one in the hospital, and $50 extra per day isn't a big deal, go with the Ambrose - your serenity will be worth the cost. If not, this is a more economical alternative.
Not that bad
We stayed three nights here and were more than satisfied. Clean rooms, big beds and while the hotel doesn't look that lively, it is a great place to use as a base. Very close by the I-10 and a short drive to Santa Monica Promenade. IHOP downstairs was very nice although I don't like being given a check before I have even started my main course.
Reasonable priced hotel and good value for money.
I've stayed in some really nice Best Westerns, but this wasn't one. We arrived in our room and found the view was horrible, it looked very much like a Motel 6, VERY SMALL! We asked to be upgraded to another room, and we were. For 20$ more a night we were given a room with a closet, and veiw of an alley way instead for the other side of the hotel. The air conditoner didn't work well, in JULY! The walls might as well have been made of paper, above us it sounded like we had an earobics class being taught and very nosey neighbors. at about 6:30 in the morning it sounded like somone crashed into our door with a tractor. It might have been the cleaning lady? Ugh! Think twice please!
Apart from its relative safe location and the free car parking, the hotel isn't really that much of a deal... Our matrass felt like it had been used as a parking space for a lorry and the ventilation system in the bathrooms around us served as a very effective alarm clock.