Travel Blogs from Santa Monica
Hi everyone from sunny California!
So our travels have finally begun and so far we are having an unbelievable time. We can't quite believe that it has only just been a week that we have been away as it seems so much longer- and we still have so mych to look forward to (tough life!)
Our first stop Santa Monica was a great …
... within the city. Full of shops and cafés as well as beautiful flowers and decorations hanging across the streets. We then walked to LA's grand central market which is a must-see; food galore, of every kind. Even bratwurst to remind me of Germany! Finally in LA we stumbled on the most beautiful cocktail bar and restaurant called Perch, near Pershing Square. Served cocktails by actor and musician Rob, whilst enjoying views of the city ...
... Rodeo Drive and its seriously expensive shops. About 8 Kilometres later we were still walking along Beverly Hills Gardens just taking it in. Finally we reached West Hollywood and hopped a bus and went into Hollywood proper where we looked at the avenue of stars, the Hollywood sign and the Dolby theatre etc.
By the time we returned to our Hotel Carl and Paola had arrived so we all headed ...
... with few hotels, full of low cost rentals and pawn shops, not somewhere we wanted to stop. Neither was West Hollywood, a congested city strip with heavy traffic and drivers changing lanes at any opportunity. We continued through the Downtown area on Santa Monica Boulevard and saw the famous Hollywood sign visible in the distance in the haze of the sunshine. Eventually we reached Beverley Hills and Rodeo Drive with their manicured, green verges and wide ...
... would come around and goof around with us always and upon leaving the plane my go-to chip girl even brought over a basket full of chip bags and motioned for me to open up my purse as she dropped them all in whilst whispering "shhh" and winking at me.
Once at LAX we had quite the long layover so we decided to have a lookout for celebrities (though we didn't find any). We also visited the many shops and ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Carmel Santa Monica
My mom stayed here while in town visiting, it seemed like a good deal and looked nice from the outside. I expected a modest and clean alternative to the higher priced places in the same location, to our dismay it was disgusting. There was no bellman to help with luggage or even open the door. There is no real lobby. The furniture is old and bad. The whole place is dirty and scary. After a night of unrest we switched her to the Best Western Ocean Ave, for the same price it was a lot nicer and not scary at all. This place although very inexpensive is not at all what is advrtised on their website or what it looks to be on the outside. Once you get in it is much more like a Roach Motel than an inexpensive Tourist spot.
I stayed here because I had a coupon for a rate of $79/night. The location was excellent, near the 3rd St. Promenade (shopping) and near the Santa Monica Pier. The room was quite run-down, but clean.
Terrible, Terrinle, Terrible!!
This place was disgusting. The 1 night I spent there was 1 night too many. It was a great location and that was the only good thing about it. The room smelled bad, the staff was rude. The beautiful lobby is NOT indicative of what the common areas look like. It was dark, dingy, and dirty. The rooms smelled and were dirty. There was no ocean view.
It was awful!!!
So so bad!!!
Arrived in Sanrta Monica (Oct 4) with guide book in hand and headed for Hotel Carmel upon recommendation of Rough Guide. Hotel foyer lovely - but from here on it is a disaster. Corridor was dark, smelly and looked like a prison ward. Room was dismal - cracked plaster on walls, musty smell, carpet filthy, linen on beds very questionable - in all a truly awful place to stay! One nite was too much, we found a lovely Best Western around corner next day. Santa Monica is great, Hotel Carmel not even good. We are in hotel business and will accept minor errors, but this place is really bad!
Great buy for the $$
My wife and I stayed ther about a year ago and we both were very pleased with the hotel. We just wanted a decent place to stay and don't usuallly spend a lot of time in the hotels we stay at, especially when there is so much to do in California.If you want to stay in the Santa Monica area near the beaches this hotel is a good choice if you don't want to spend a lot of money just to sleep. As far as the continental breakfast, you can get a voucher and go a couple of buildings down.
This voucher I was told is not offered if your room rate is $99 or less. Save the extra cash to spend on something else.
I live in Los Angeles, but I needed a weekend to myself. I looked online for hotel deals, and came across Hotel Carmel in Santa Monica.
I'd seen the hotel before... looks very nice on the outside. The ad claimed to have ocean views, big rooms, etc. So, I made reservations for the weekend.
I walked into the room, and it was a dark, depressing room. The view was NOT an ocean view. The room smelled like dirty socks. The furniture was very outdated. And, it was a very small room. Despite that, I was tired, and was willing to settle... I needed a nap! So, I removed the comforter from the bed, of course, and was getting ready to sit on the bed when I noticed a huge stain on the blanket. I looked a little closer, and guess what?! A huge, crusty, disgusting semen stain was staring at me.
I stood there in disgust for a few seconds. I called the lobby right away, and asked for my money back. Judging from the crusty semen stain, I don't think they wash their blankets too often. I know someone that works at a Marriot, and they wash their blankets weekly. Hotel Carmel must wash their blankets annually.
They refunded my money within a couple of days. There was some screw up with Hotel Carmel and my bank. But, I would NEVER EVER recommend anyone to this hotel. This place is absolutely disgusting. They should have grades for hotels... the way they do for restaurants.
Hotel Carmel gets a F-.
Will Not Be Going Back
My partner and I found the hotel very dissapointing It had a musty smell that seemed to be in every part of the hotel, the rooms were dirty and needed a few coats of paint the shower curtain had moss growing on it, the "furniture" was unfit to put our clothes in and if you stood in one place for too long your feet stuck to the carpet.In hindight we should have stayed with friends that live near by. My partner partner is a travel agent and she won't be recommending the Hotel Carmel to her customers.
Filthy, Smelly, Noisy
Thinking to explore a new LA neighborhood, we picked this hotel because of its central location and proximity to the "sites" of Santa Monica. And, certainly the hotel is well located and walking distance to the pier and the promanade. But, unfortunately Hotel Carmel-By-The-Sea is also incredibly run down and tired. The carpets were too dirty to walk barefoot on. The walls and woodwork, in both the rooms and the public hallways, were simply filthy. And the smell! Certainly not from cleaning fluids, but perhaps insect repellant. Lastly, the noise. This hotel is built on top of a disco, called COCKTAIL, that gets roaring about 10 pm with a back beat that does not stop until well after 2 am. After 2 am we were treated to the clamor of a drunken fist fight in the alley below which the police finally broke up. Like other reviewers of this hotel, I found the front desk staff ignorant and arrogant. I had pre-paid for our room via online discount hotel vendor but the fellow who checked us in insisted that we had not paid and must pay again. I knew I had already paid for the hotel as this charge had come through on my VISA statement. I also had all my reservation confirmation paperwork to prove my case. Instead of entertaining the idea that I might be right, and simply checking it out calmly, the front desk clerk was very rude in informing me in no uncertain terms that I had not paid and would have to pay again. So, I had to call the online hotel vendor and have them call the hotel to clear this up with the front desk for fear I would be charged twice for this horrible room that was not worth half the one time rate! Of course, I got hammered on the cost of this phone call that I should not have had to make. I would have checked out immediately and slept in the nearby park except that, due to the "great" internet hotel deal I was paying over $100 a night for a pit. Don't sleep here.
Very Poor Service
My wife and I stayed here for a few day. Although it is located near the Santa Monica Pier and the Third Street Promenade the overall service from the hotel staff was poor. We were supposed to have a complementary breakfast with our vacation package - it was not available to us. The front desk staff were rude to various guests and I returned to my suite one afternoon to find the door to our room propped open but no cleaning staff around. Anyone could have walked into our room unnoticed and helped themselves to my belongings. The room had terrific high ceilings with a great collection of cobwebs over the bed. Upon arrival back home we did confirm that we WERE supposed to have the complimentary breakfast but it was a mere fact that the staff lied to us. The travel agent was trying to get compensation - but of course that too was futile.
Good news and bad news
My wife and I stayed at the Hotel Carmel this month. European travelers will feel right at home here. Located one block from the beach/pier and right next to lots of shops/restaurants on the 3rd Street Promenade, it's 'European charm' means old rooms and almost no amenities. Ask nicely, and the staff will get you a little ice or maybe even microwave your food for you. Choose only between valet or public parking lots for your car.
Our clean room had a King bed and shower/bath combo, with a nice high ceiling and fan. It was great to walk to the pier, beach and Promenade at our leisure. The TV reception was straight out of 1959, with seven basic channels only.
Unless you require lots of modern amenities at a higher-priced hotel, this may be the best deal near the beach for the price and ambience.