Sea Shore Motel
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We stayed in this motel last March for several nights. We took the "Suite" so that our kids could sleep while we chatted to friends, and also so we could eat breakfast inexpensively at 'home'. The place was adequate but basic. We discovered that garbage trucks showed up promptly and loundly outside of our bedroom window at 7:00 a.m. daily, and also that the street is very busy and noisy especially when the bars shut down. The only way to diminish that loud traffic sounds was to shut the windows completely.The thing that we found even more irritating was sand constantly sifting in through the tile roof and onto our beds. At first, we believed we had dragged the sand in with us from the beach, but when we got back after an outing and saw a fine dusting of sand all over our freshly made bed, we knew it wasn't our doing. We could see the sand drifting down periodically from the spaces between the ceiling rafters. If you don't mind sleeping in a gritty bed, the place is otherwise adequate and inexpensive.
I like this Motel. Stuff is very kindly and friendly. I will be back next time.
However, one thing... I want to stay in 2nd floor next time. Because I saw many ANT!! I dislike bugs.
So, if you try stay here, you may reserve 2nd floor.
It would be too soon if I never go there again!
Had a very bad experience last week here. A visiting sports team partied outside on the deck until about 2:30 AM - I'm sure no one got to sleep. Calls to the night manager were not answered. The day manager, who has promised to comp the room, was rude to us when we complained in the AM. Said things like, well you got to sleep half the night, so you should pay at least half... or, you folks will probably never be back here again anyway. Enough said? The coffee shop next door was the only redeeming feature. They were wonderful, friendly folks who made great coffee and and even better scones.
Basic but brilliant place!
This is a brilliant motel, we stayed closer to the pier earlier in our stay at the Ocean Lodge this was very over priced and quite seedy. The Sea shore Motel is fairly basic with 2 double beds a tv, wardrobe and bathroom with a shower but they are cleaned every day and towels are replaced. It has a great atmosphere and the staff are friendly and laid back. It is very reasonable and it is in a brilliant location with some fab bars and resturants - Schatzi just down the road, although there are better places - some fab nail bars too with walk in appointments and very reasonable pedicure and manicures - a bit of pampering! - and within walking distance of the beach and the shopping and the pier. It is a brilliant place to stay if you can't afford the posh places on the sand! It also has a great little coffee shop right next door which sells great latte's and coissants!
A great experience
We had a great 9 nights in their 'suite' at the end of August 2003. The location is superb, 4 mins. walk to the beach and lots of eating places and shops nearby. Our rooms were in good condition and cleaned to a high standard. There were two TVs, fridge and microwave. Free parking, a nice sun deck but no air con. (but two fans) - but that's not a problem at the sea shore. Compared to the cost of all other hotels in Santa Monica, the Sea Shore Motel is excellent value. We shall go back!
Good location, poor service
We stayed there in August. Bad experience. There was no shampoo in the bathroom at all and not enough towels. The motel ran out of shampoo, the man at front desk suggested a corner store where we could buy some shampoo. Also they did not have any more towels. The motel does not have AC. The location is very good though, so we were sorry to leave right away and to go to a more hospitable place.
Great Value and Great Location
This is a fantastic location (we shortened a stay in San Diego to come back here). Rooms are basic (TV and fridge) but immaculate. Try for an upper floor room if possible as they are less noisy when people move furniture around on tile floors (we also had a bath on first floor but not when downstairs). Staff are really friendly and accommodating. No Safe deposit facilities but again staff willing to help where they could.It is only two blocks to a wonderfully clean beach with play area, bike and skate rentals. It is a very pleasant walk along boardwalk to either Santa Monica or Venice Beach as the hotel is located pretty much between the two. Buses run past the hotel frequently including the Tide Shuttle when legs tire.Excellent value for money.
Great budget lodging
You don't get tranquility. (Main St. is very busy.) You don't get a spectacular view. You also don't get luxury: no spa, no pool, no toiletry samples. What you do get at the Sea Shore is clean and safe accommodations two blocks from the beach--for a great price. (As for tranquility, other economy lodging, Travelodge and Best Western for instance, is located on busy Ocean Ave.) The rooms are spacious and the grounds kept clean. Amelias is the small cafe attached to the motel. Open from 6:30am to 4:00pm, the cafe offers coffee, great bakery goods and soups. On Sunday mornings, a delightful farmer's market sets up across the street. You're steps away from Chinois, Wolfgang Puck's trendy restaurant, and, for the quintessential So Cal experience, a surf shop. I chose to use the money I saved by staying at the Sea Shore for a decadent lunch at The Lobster restaurant (east end of the Santa Monica Pier). The people who run the motel are welcoming and friendly. I would stay here again.
You get what you pay for
My husband and I stayed here in August '02. The sea shore is definatley a bargain considering its location and other accomodations in the area. The rooms are an adequate size but in need of some paint. The staff is friendly and helpful. Overall, a nice place to stay in a great location. Don't expect anything other than a bargain motel and you won't be disappointed. We would recommend it to the traveler looking for location not luxury.
A Santa Monica bargain
A good value...reasonable room rates and free parking. Good location...2 blocks from the beach.
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