Need To Know
70, including 58 suites.
12 noon, but flexible subject to availability; late check-outs (up to 6pm) are charged at half the daily rate. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $346.00, excluding tax at 14 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional service charge of $30.00 per room per night on check-out and an additional local city tax of $4.25 per room per night on check-out.
Rates exclude breakfast (US$25).
Leave your weighty beach reads behind, and pick up one of the books lining the shelves of your bedroom instead – more room to pack that shopping in on the way home. The hotels has beach cruisers to borrow and regular bicycles are available to rent nearby, so bring something comfy to wear if you like the idea of cycling through Palisades Park and along the promenade to Santa Monica Pier.
During the summer, the pool has dedicated hosts, who're more than happy to supply guests with iPads, iPods, sun cream, magazines and ice-creams on Saturday. They’ll also take you down to the beach in one of the cruisers waiting out front, equipped with packed-up towels, games and picnics. Other organized complimentary activities include surfing lessons, yoga in Palisades Park and guided hikes in Temescal Canyon.
At the hotel
Gym, swimming pool, free WiFi, laundry, valet parking (US$38). In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, minibar, Frette linens, blackout blinds, air-conditioning, Aveda toiletries.
Our favourite rooms
All rooms are generously sized and have similarly sunny, bright decor, but it goes without saying that the Suites are bigger (and better), with additional TVs, games tables and masses of space. Rooms and Suites on the Ocean View side of the hotel are larger than their courtyard-facing counterparts, with splendid views of the Pacific. Signature Ocean View Suites on the top floor have the lot: deep soaking tubs, rainfall shower heads, private balconies, and enough room to throw your own cocktail party in.
The heated outdoor pool in the central courtyard is an elongated heart shape and is surrounded by curvy rattan sunloungers.
This is California, so itsy-bitsy teeny-weeny bikinis and massive, giant oversized sunglasses are an absolute must. Although you might want to bring some sturdier swimwear if you plan on surfing (string bikinis + heavy surf = instant nudity).
Massages and treatments are on offer, either in your room or at recommended local spas and salons – just ask the hotel’s clued-up concierge to hook you up.
Welcome – Oceana Beach Club Hotel is a good choice for families: rollaway beds can be provided (US$50 a night); Lanai Suites have sofabeds, some can be interconnected, and one has a kitchenette.