Embassy Hotel Apartments
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13/11/2009 - We started the day by reluctantly packing up our things and leaving our magical yurt. Staying there had been just what the doctor ordered after so many of the hotels and motels we had stayed in during the trip. Again, we headed down the Hwy 1, along the Californian coastline, this time to our final destination of the trip, Santa Monica …
... with nothing on apart from orange DTs. Poses are made for the cameras. Ryan locates a bar opposite the entrance to pier the pair settle in for the night watching all the other tourist hurriedly walk by. Ryan suggests dinner. Cirsty changes the subject later to suggests they head for Mexican only to find that 10pm is too late for dinner. Ryan suspects this was her plan all along. Ryan spots pizza and slices are enjoyed. ...
... we met in Fiji who were coincidently staying in the same hostel as us in LA; if there is one thing we've learnt during our travels it's that it really is a small world! We all enjoyed our last meal, well nearly all, Mollie's cheese, egg, strawberry, maple syrup and cinnamon crepe left the taste buds feeling rather abused, while reminiscing about the experiences we had shared other the past few months. We said our farewells to the girls and departed for home.The journey was ...
... chat along the way. Seating is often tight, and you have another chance for conversation waiting for the speakers to make their way through the crowds for the panel.
Remarkably, despite the crowds, it's quite common to bump into the same people throughout the 3 days. The sessions are streamed by focus (economics, philanthropy, health, education, etc), drawing regulars to areas of common interest.
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... we were able to relax for 2-3 days in LA (in total we covered over 3200 miles in the 17 days we had the car!). That said, LA isn’t an easy place to navigate without a car. In fact, in many places where you’d expect to find a ‘sidewalk’ there isn’t one, coupled with hefty fines for jay-walking it takes a while for a pedestrian to get around! The buses aren’t as ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Embassy Hotel Apartments Santa Monica
We stayed at the Embassy for two nights during our recent holiday in California, predominantly based on the pictures on the hotel's website and the comments made on this website. The hotel itself is in a great location a few minutes walk from the beach and third street, and is a beautiful looking building, with a lovely garden. Our room was perfectly comfortable and decorated to a lovely finish. The hotel itself was very quiet, we didn't hear any other guests at all. My only slight reservation is with the lack of onsite staff at certain times of the day - on our last night we returned to our room to find that the cleaning staff had left the door unlocked using their slip locks, and we were unable to lock it ourselves. Fortunately due to a computer problem the manager was still onsite, but if he had not been, we would have been room bound until we checked out the following day!
Something different in a great location
This hotel is in a great location just a short walk from both the beach and the restaurants and shops of third street. The well-maintained garden and the charming lobby make the Embassy Suites a great change from the characterless motels that come into the same price bracket. If you want 24-hour concierge and scores of facilities that you probably won't use then this is not the place for you. If you want a pleasant place to stay in a great location close to the main attractions but away from the noise then I would definitely recommend the Embassy Suites.
If you are looking for somewhere with character, then this hotel has it in spades. Built in 1928, it retains a number of original features, such as the lift - which is an experience in itself, but preferably not when laden with luggage! The main reception/lounge area has plenty of seating and even has a grand piano. Our accommodation (studio suite) was light and airy, with high ceilings and plenty of windows to offset the dark wood furniture. The main room was spacious with a kingsize bed, sofa, coffee table and TV and plenty of cabinet/drawer space. The ensuite bathroom had period-style fittings with a separate dressing area and walk-in wardrobe. The kitchen/dining area was accessed through an archway from the main bedroom and was fairly well equipped except for one thing - it lacked a kettle, although there was a coffee maker. The room we had faced north, comfortably cool in mid-summer, and with its own small balcony. All the furnishings were completely in character with the style of the hotel and everything was clean.
I'd say it's excellent!
My partner and I stayed in this hotel for five nights this summer and we were very impressed by the hotel's foyer, rooms and location within Santa Monica. Our room was attractive, spacious and clean and the hotels gardens provide an ideal setting. If you want "bland" then go stay in a travel lodge etc but if you'd rather a good deal of character and individuality then I'd recommend The Embassy.
Parking is on-street with a permit provided by the hotel. However there is a zone outside the hotel that allows parking while booking in and loading/ unloading luggage. Whilst it wasn't always possible to park outside the hotel we never had to walk more than a block and a half - not a hardship in my opinion!
Loved the Embassy!
We stayed here for 5 nights at the beginning of July 2004. The room was extremely clean with loads of storage space for our clothes and luggage. Ideally located just 2 blocks from 3rd street promanade and also near the beach. Although not a modern hotel with lots of facilities, the period building blended in well with the surroundings. We will definately stay here again when we return to Santa Monica.
Before I moved to Santa Monica recently, I needed a place to stay while hunting for a home. I stayed at the Embassy Hotel and thought the room was attractive. However, the lobby is way oversized especially when no one ever used it while I was there Thanksgiving weekend. I was disappointed that there was no parking provided with.... or without cost. I had to spend a half hour driving my rental car around the popular neighborhood to finally find a place to park which was not really a valid parking spot. But the worst part was I was really floored when the manager and housekeeper informed me that "unless I watched the pan under the old fashioned radiator, it would overflow and do harm to the floor in my room". In other words, "you may be here as a paying guest but we still expect YOU to do the work WE don't bother to do....to keep this room from flooding". To add insult to injury... when I checked out, I found their rate for internet access was horrendous...85.00 for MY use while I BABYSAT THEIR outdated heating equipment. The manager on duty when I checked out was rude. I would NOT recommend this hotel to anyone else.
I lived in this hotel for several months while working on a screenplay.
We discovered the Embassy while walking through the wonderful streets in the surrounding neighborhood in Santa Monica. We had just spent a fitful night at a certain Art Deco hotel facing the ocean and knew we had to find another spot because of the dreadful noise from the traffic. How lucky we were when we entered this property on Third street.
I stayed at the Embassy with several friends who each rented their own
We decided to stay at the Embassy Hotel in Santa Monica based on the beautiful photographs on their website. When we arrived, the building and the lobby were just as picturesque we expected. However, as we walked to our room, we quickly realized there hasn't been much renovation since the hotel was built in the 1920's. We stayed in a bachelor room, which was small, but adequate. If you are looking for a historical hotel with character, that is in walking distance of the 3rd Street Promenade and the beach, I recommend the Embassy. If you are used to staying at hotels with spacious bathrooms, fluffy towels, air conditioning, and a concierge, go someplace else! Our stay at the Embassy literally felt like a stay at Grandma's house - it was quaint, but didn't have all the comforts of home, and even smelled a little musty!