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Great location but sub-par for the price
The hotel is very close to the Venice Beach boardwalk -- a big plus if that is what you are after. On the downside, the hotel is a bit expensive for the amenities offered. Additionally, we were booked into a smoking room after reserving a non-smoking room (and the previous occupant must have been a heavy smoker -- three days of airing at every chance did not eliminate the smell). We will definitely explore other options rather than staying again.
Ok but not great
We recently spent two nights at Marina Pacific Hotel in a suite with partial ocean view. We paid $159 a night for our off season stay. The room itself was very clean and spacious. Family room, dining area, full kitchen, separate bedroom with king bed, bathroom with separate vanity area outside the shower/toilet room. The showerhead was MUCH TOO LOW! It was no higher than my neck at 5'10" and my husband who is over a foot taller had it even worse. Rooms have no frills but pretty clean and quiet on the 4th floor. The view was not worth it however as what we mainly saw was the parking lot directly behind our room which looked as though it housed homeless people frequently. The sofabed (which we only needed for sitting on) was so terribly uncomfortable and the cushions not big enough to cover the gaping holes to where the sofabed pulls out. We eventually just began watching TV in our bedroom on our bed one evening since it was much more comfortable to sit there instead. The location was half a block to the Venice Beach boardwalk but the area is not very good - maybe that is how most of Venice Beach is. We felt a bit unsafe walking around at dark and so we left this hotel a night early (planned on staying 3 nights) to go down to Anaheim and stay at Disneyland Hotel and visit Disneyland for a day. Free breakfast was ok for one morning, after that we had no interest in repeating the same old thing - one cereal dispenser, bagals, bread, pasteries and juices/coffee.
Overall, not bad but we will try something else next time and won't stay in Venice Beach area at all, which was probably our first mistake. Too far from most of what we came to L.A. to see in the first place.
Friendly Staff & Average Rooms for a good price
The staff were very friendly and helpful. The free shuttle bus to Santa Monica was excellent.
It was a great location if you really want to stay in Venice Beach. The beach was just there and the beach front markets were right outside.
The rooms were very clean and tidy - nothing flash though, very average. The shower head was very low - I'm 170cm tall and it was up to my chin. The walls were thin and any noise on the street would have travelled into the room. Fortunately there was no street noise and the only major noise was from people moving aroudn in the room above us.
It was an average hotel for a cheap price, which to us meant great value.
Venice Beach was nice but felt a bit unsafe after dark. I would recommend this hotel to anyone wanting to stay in Venice Beach, however I think next time I would stay in Santa Monica.
? Best Value in the West
we recently spent 10 days at Pacific Suites.......using it as a base for travel in LA area and for Venice beach itself. Fantastic value.a phone call got a rate of $149/day for a suite that 2 adults and 3 teenage kids were happy in. adequqte cooking facilities in suite cooker, microwave, fridge. the continental breakfast was extensive.even for the fussiest of our 3 kids. this alone saved us probally $20/day for breakfast. Staff always knowlegable and helpful.
Room clean, tidy.all in all a steal at this price.especially for UK travellers or European guests, it provides a safe, clean, excellent value especially if you have 3 kids
I disagree with Geneva writer on breakfast
I disagree with the comments of the writer from Geneva regarding the breakfast room and the breakfast content. Yes the room was a bit small and could be cramped if you went at the busy time but you could take what you wanted back to your own suite so there was no need to feel uncomfortable with the surroundings. I cannot believe the breakfast changed in one month from just a bit of bread and fruit to the options we had:
There was juices 3 types, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, 6 different cereals, 2 types of milk, bread white, bread brown, bagels, muffins 3 flavours (and huge) , cakes various, cheese, jams, fruit, cold drinks. AND ALL FOR FREE. The brochure stated continental breakfast and as far as I am concerned this is what we got....and plent of it. you could take as much as you wanted back to your room or eat in-which I did every day as there was a hugh TV with the news on and complimentary newspapers and magazines. I could not fault it!
I would like to say the Marina Pacific really lived up to the photo in the pamphlet! Our suite was great! With the separate bedroom and the large living area, the kitchen, we felt like we were in an apartment! Just great! The staff was always very polite and helpful. The room was clean, the bed in the bedroom was comfortable, The pullout couch was, well, a pullout couch, all in all we were very pleased and would stay there again! Also, it is a great location to the action! Close to the beach, and all the shops and vendors, Why am I not there right now?
Great Find at the Beach!
We found this charming and classy hotel during our drive down the coast of California from San Francisco . We stopped in Santa Monica at the beach-close hotels but the rates were really high and we luckily found this hotel less than one mile away at the beach for a much more reasonable price. One of the reasons we really liked it was its proximity to the ocean, literally a 30 second walk. The artwork on the walls in the hotel was intriguing and interesting, all original art and photos. This was really unique. The staff were extraordinarily helpful, giving us great recommendations for restaurants and local sightseeing. Our stop in Venice Beach was one of the most memorable of our trip and this hotel enhanced our experience. Check it out!
Really, 200m from the beach!!!
If you want to stay in Venice then this is the place. No kidding, it is very close to the beach (as well as the canals) and a partial beach view room, which we had, will give you a very good view of the beach and boardwalk. Complimentary continental breakfast and a 9 dollar charge on parking (logical, as parking is a luxury close to the beach). Only gripe was that the staff didn't open then the phone, even though I gave them a card to do so (you need to tell them apparently). Still a great experience.
We'll definitely return!!
We loved this hotel! Upon arrival we were greeted by a very friendly front desk person. This friendly attitude existed in every interaction we had with every employee. The hotel is in an ideal location- The exciting Venice Boardwalk and ocean are just outside the hotel. They have a free shuttle which we took to Santa Monica one evening. (about 5 min. away) The room was very clean. Basically, we were glad to have chosen this hotel. We will definitely return.
Good Location, Nice Hotel
I have just returned from a two week driving trip across California. This hotel was our first stop. We stayed here for three nights. It was the most expensive hotel we stayed in during our trip but was not the best of the bunch.
Check in was quick and easy and the receptionist was very helpful.
The room was nice, roomy and clean. We paid extra for a seaview, which we got. But also a not so nice view of the back of the ally.
The free continenal breakfast was a big bonus. You could help yourself to pastries, muffins bread, fruit, cereals, juices from 7am.
We didn't struggle for a parking space as we realised after there was another floor at the back of the hotel. But the spaces are very small and tight.
It was right on the beach so a good location for nightlife and restaurants. However it can look a bit different during the night , with homeless etc and my friend I felt nervous walking along the broadwalk at night.
All in all it was a nice little hotel 5 mins drive to Santa Monica. But I think I would stay in Santa Monica itself next time.
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