Basic but pleasant A review of Le Meridien Delfina Santa Monica
We stayed here late in 2001; the hotel seems popular with UK aircrews who love its handy location to the coast and good shopping. We found the facilities acceptable, if fairly basic, the staff pleasant and helpful, and the rooms clean and comfortable if a little worn - makeover time can't be too far off. Noisy a/c was really our only complaint. Try for an ocean-facing room - quieter than those facing busy Pico Blvd but note that the neighborhood alleys below are none too pretty and places like 3rd Street Promenade are several long blocks away; you might feel a bit nervous coming back at night - uphill. On the other hand, there are some nice restaurants and shops on Main Street; it doesn't all happen north of the freeway. The beach and pier are an easy walk awy and tons of free parking, rare in Santa Monica, is a real bonus.