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Hotel Highlights

  • Great location in sunny Santa Monica with Pacific views and a pool
  • Quirky, laid-back and homely: the perfect alternative to the Viceroy Santa Monica
  • Interconnecting suites make this a good choice for families or groups of friends

Overview

The Oceana Beach Club Hotel epitomises the sunny optimism and happy-go-lucky charm of SoCal’s surf crowd: it’s bold, bright, sociable, carefree, and its natural home is by the sea. The rooms are big, the vibe is ultra laid-back and there’s quirky retro colour in every corner. Welcome to the Gold Coast!

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Here's what you get for booking Oceana Beach Club Hotel with us:

Breakfast for two on each morning of your stay and a welcome drink when you arrive

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Oceana Beach Club Hotel

Advance purchase: 10% off

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

70, including 58 suites.

Check–out

12 noon, but flexible subject to availability; late check-outs (up to 6pm) are charged at half the daily rate. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $328.00, 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.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast (US$25).

Also

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.

Poolside

The heated outdoor pool in the central courtyard is an elongated heart shape and is surrounded by curvy rattan sunloungers.

Packing tips

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).

Also

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.

Children

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.

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Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Relaxed and laid-back like an elegant beach club, the Tower 8 restaurant serves up a fresh, seasonal mix of California cuisine from Michelin-starred local chef Josiah Citrin. Fresh seafood is complemented by ocean views and farmers-market-fresh flavours go hand-in-hand with creative cocktails and an extensive, curated wine list. The full menu is also available by the pool, so you can nosh on delicious snacks without leaving your sunlounger.

Hotel Bar

A trendy, beachfront see-and-be-seen spot, the Tower 8 bar boasts cocktails by expert mixologist Pablo Moix, who intersperses sophisticated stand-bys with creative creations like the Jalapeno Mezcal Margarita. An extensive international wine list comes curated by award-winning Mélisse's sommelier, Brian Kalliel.

Last orders

The restaurant is open from 7am to 11pm; the bar shakes its final margarita at 11pm.

Room service

The full restaurant menu is (unfortunately for dieters) available in rooms from 7am until 11pm. After that, you’ll have to raid your minibar for liquid refreshment.

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Dress code

Totally relaxed: think colourful casuals from Lilly Pulitzer and Lacoste.

Top table

Nab a table by the enormous picture window and watch the world go by on Ocean Avenue.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

There are 22 miles of bike path to explore, stretching between Palisades Park and Torrance and passing by some of the Gold Coast's most dramatic beaches – so hit the deck! (Figuratively speaking, of course). There's a bicycle rental place just outside Oceana Beach Club Hotel; otherwise, Perry’s Café has several local outlets, and offers bike and skate hire, bike tours, and skate lessons.

Go for a long walk on the beach (it's right in front of the hotel); go shopping on Third Street Promenade; or stroll down to Santa Monica Pier (see www.santamonicapier.org for more information). 

And what’s a trip to Southern California without a surf session? Head over to nearby Venice and rent a board from Mollusk Surfshop -  don’t forget to pick up a totally radical T-shirt from the GONZ! label produced by local Malibu sharks, brothers Chad and Trace Marshall (their motto: 'Radness! Badness! All-round gladness!').

Local restaurants

Fritto Misto at 601 Colorado Avenue ((+1 310 458 2829) is a unique, local, family-run Italian restaurant at 5th and Colorado, where the pasta is made on-site daily. BYO corkage fee is only $2, and there are loads of wines available by the glass, so it’s great value for money; there’s plenty of choice for vegetarians, too. Boa Steakhouse (+1 310 899 4466) at the Grafton Hotel on Santa Monica Boulevard is a contemporary steakhouse with a buzzy ambiance. And of course there’s the excellent restaurant at the Viceroy Santa Monica, Whist – a delicious-looking space with plates on walls as well as tables. We loved the prime Angus ribeye for two, served with garlic-sautéed shrimp, sweet potato fries, asparagus and truffle béarnaise. Have a few drinks before dinner at the hotel’s trendy cocktail lounge, The Cameo Bar.

A bit further away, in Venice, we like Baby Blues BBQ at 444 Lincoln Boulevard, almost as much for its cool Johnny Cash-enhanced website (www.babybluesvenice.com) as for its down-home, honest-to-goodness, finger-licking’ grills. Wash all that mighty meat down with a few Arrogant Bastard Ales (or Buds, if you can’t bring yourself to order that).

Local bars

Cool as you like, Father’s Office at 1018 Montana Avenue (+1 310 736 2224; www.fathersoffice.com) is the closest thing to a European gastropub you’ll find in LA, and has more than 150 different beers behind the bar, as well as juicy juicy burgers and yam fries by the basketful.

Local cafés

Popular lunchtime hangout 17th Street Café at 1610 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403 (+1 310 453 2771) features light and tasty Euro-Cal cuisine, floor-to-ceiling windows and rotating art shows – plus the best Gaspacho soup in town.

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Oceana Beach Club Hotel

849 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403, United States

Oceana Beach Club Hotel is located in Santa Monica.

Planes

Get to LAX with British Airways (www.ba.com) or American Airlines (www.americanairlines.com) and you're only 8 miles from the hotel.

Trains

The Amtrak-served Union Station is the closest – 10 miles away.

Automobiles

Head for the seafront – go towards the eastern shore onto Ocean Avenue, easily accessible from the Santa Monica Freeway, and the hotel is between Wilshire Boulevard and Montana Avenue. Valet parking cost US$30.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Bryce Longton , Wanderlustful writer

With a sea breeze ruffling my hair, and 15 more degrees than I am accustomed to in January, our trip to the Oceana Beach Club Hotel is off to an auspicious start. Cruising down the highway towards this Los Angeles boutique hotel, I watch as my hand surfs the wind outside our red convertible. I realise suddenly that I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen my fingers ungloved. I’v…
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Oceana Beach Club Hotel

Anonymous review by Bryce Longton, Wanderlustful writer

With a sea breeze ruffling my hair, and 15 more degrees than I am accustomed to in January, our trip to the Oceana Beach Club Hotel is off to an auspicious start. Cruising down the highway towards this Los Angeles boutique hotel, I watch as my hand surfs the wind outside our red convertible. I realise suddenly that I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen my fingers ungloved. I’ve been in New York too long.

That’s why we’re headed to the Oceana, positioned on the palm tree-lined cliffs of Santa Monica, California. Before the engine has a chance to come to a stop, a pair of strapping boys in khakis and polo shirts open the doors and welcome us to the hotel. ‘We’ll take care of the car from here,’ they say in unison. ‘May we take your luggage?’ ‘No, that won’t be necessary,’ I say. They seem surprised, but my week’s luggage consists of a nothing more than a small duffel bag. We are at the beach, after all.

We enter a lift with red-velvet walls, an opal-and-turquoise inlaid stone floor and lighting reminiscent of a recent trip to Amsterdam. It opens on the third floor to reveal a terrace overlooking Oceana’s courtyard, replete with swimming pool, cream-coloured beach chairs and outdoor dining areas. The thought crosses my mind to dive-bomb the heart-shaped pool. Instead, we open a wood-slatted door and splash into our room.
 
Our spacious Ocean View Suite has sunny yellow walls, lime-green furnishings and a flowery sofa that evokes 1950s beach-party movies – but in a Designers Guild, rather than kitsch, way. A games table with chess, chequers and backgammon is set up for rainy days or early nights. Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors in the bedroom and living room lead onto a balcony with sea views.

Looking out at the Pacific Ocean, Mr Smith and I decide on a sunset run to the Santa Monica pier – the rolling waves seem to be beckoning us, after all. The wide path winds through dunes, past a Ferris wheel and ice-cream shops before turning back to the hotel.

Back at the hotel, we decide to take a dip. It’s 15 degrees outside, so we are the only two in the courtyard’s heated pool. No self-respecting Angeleno would be caught having a swim when the temperature is less than 30. Afterwards, we dry ourselves by the outdoor fireplace, just steps from the pool.

Next, we’re off to Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery, home of LA’s most delicious meatball subs and within walking distance of the hotel. We quickly fill our trays with subs, pasta salads, chips, root beer and red-velvet cupcakes, then adjourn to the alfresco tables to feast. When we can eat no more, Mr Smith and I take a moonlit stroll back to the hotel and climb into the plush bed for an early night.
 
The upside of east-to-west jetlag hits the next morning. Because of his confused internal clock, Mr Smith wakes at dawn in time for a sunrise run along the shore, passing funky beach houses with multi-coloured outdoor spiral staircases and stopping to marvel at the swells of the waves, wishing he had a surfboard.
 
Upon his return, we head down to Oceana’s restaurant, where we have our pick of assorted breakfast delicacies: a bountiful cold buffet of fresh fruit, granola, hand-squeezed juices, salmon and potatoes, as well as hot platters of fresh pancakes, banana-walnut French toast, eggs and bacon.
 
After breakfast, we pay a visit to Westwood, home of my alma matter, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), where I regale Mr Smith with tales of college debauchery. Later that evening, we head over to Hamburger Mary’s, a fun retro diner in the heart of West Hollywood, for my university flatmate’s birthday celebrations, followed by country-and-western dancing in the Valley.

Mr Smith had heard stories of my boot-stomping, bandana-wearing days, but he had yet to see it for himself. I warned him that once I got my dancing shoes on, he would have a hard time getting me off the dancefloor. Sure enough, I’m soon promenading with a man in a 10-gallon hat. Out of the corner of my eye, I see Mr Smith trying to learn the two-step with my friend from uni. After a few attempts, I ditch Marlboro man and let Mr Smith twirl me around the room. He does a fair job, and we line-dance the night away.

Exhausted, we finally head home. Outside, it still feels warm to us, but the locals are wrapped up in jumpers and gloves. No wonder the valet-parking boys were confused by my small bag.

Instead of going straight to bed, we luxuriate in the refreshing sea breeze by the pool. With not a sound coming from the other guest rooms, there’s only one thing left to do. I quickly strip off, take a running start and whoosh… Mr Smith gets soaked by my dive-bomb. Thank goodness for that poolside fire.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Oceana Beach Club Hotel's Guestbook below.

 

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Relaxed ambiance, good rooms, great pool, friendly staff, excellent breakfast.

Don’t expect

I thought it quite expensive.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on No.

We loved

I loved the location, the decor and the friendly staff. The beautiful interior design and the hotel had the comfiest beds I have ever slept in. The staff were charming and incredibly helpful and the location was next to none. We were a stones throw away from the beach and all the local amenities of Santa Monica.

Don’t expect

I had to move rooms as my TV wasn't working in the first room. The room I was moved to was nice but the AC broke down and I slept one night in 84 degree heat which was horrendous. The staff offered to adjust my bill as compensation, but that wasn't actioned which was disappointing. We also asked for a reservation at the Chateau Marmont for dinner, which they confirmed they would do for us at the time, but unfortunately this didn't happen either, which left us at a loose end at the last minute.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

We loved almost everything! With a fantastic location facing the beautiful beach and Pacific Ocean and just a 15 min walk (or so) from the pier - the hotel is close to the shops and restaurants. I loved the hotel's courtyard setting making it feel very private and peaceful. There was beautiful landscaping, potted plants and lighting, which made it so pretty. The hotel pool was just big enough and was the perfect place to relax at the end of a day out and about in LA. The bar and restaurant had excellent and attentive service, and if you can grab a window table overlooking Oceania Boulevard, watching the sunset, you must! The rooms were very large and comfortable with pretty soft furnishings and finishing touches - just perfect.

Don’t expect

We experienced some room noise through the interconnecting doors. 

Rating: 8/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The service was outstanding. From the valet and bell staff, to check-in/concierge and the restaurant team, the service was just impeccable: friendly, familiar, professional and genuine. We were upgraded to a one-bed suite, which was lovely, and the free bikes they have to use were a perfect way to cycle up and down between Santa Monica, Venice and Manhattan Beach.

Don’t expect

Some of the furnishings within the rooms were slightly dated, but overall I loved this hotel and will be back as soon as possible.

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The Oceana's staff were brilliant, even in the face of some quite nasty guest behaviour! Their smiles never wavered and they did not lose their cool. The best thing about the hotel was the lush and well-tended gardens and real plants indoors. It was a delight to have so much greenery around. Lastly, the food was delicious and creatively presented. Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable stay!

Don’t expect

Tea-making facilities in the room as well as the coffee maker would be great; making tea through a coffee pot is not quite the same tastewise!

Rating: 9/10 stars