Santa Monica, California, United States of America
Price based on two people travelling together in one room, car hire and international flights. All accommodation on a room only basis.
At a Glance
Superb staff that go above and beyond to make your stay memorable
Elegant, 'home from home' style with a laid back and unpretentious attitude
Easy access to the beach and Palisades Park
Wonderful ocean views
Tranquil inner courtyard with lounge swimming pool
Newly renovated luxurious suites
Best time to Visit
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Los Angeles has a year-round climate. Summer (June - September) is the peak-tourist season, this is when the weather is hottest but beaches can be over crowded. January and February are the rainiest months. If you are visiting in May, June or July, watch out for the 'marine layer', a cloudy overcast, almost fog-like cloud which may affect the beach and first mile or so of the coastal strip, especially in the mornings.
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The Oceana Santa Monica is a delightful boutique oceanfront hotel offering a homely and laid back feel, yet utterly gorgeous and stylish at the same time, and with superb above-and-beyond service.
The Oceana Santa Monica is a hop, skip and a jump away from Santa Monica beach and located right on Ocean Avenue, and many of the rooms have superb sea views. There is a heated lounge pool in a central courtyard where you can sit back and relax, and is the main focal point of the hotel, as well as offering sumptuous al fresco dining.
The luxury suites have everything you want; keeping with the home from home approach. They are larger than most (starting from 500 sq. ft.), giving you the space to sit back and enjoy your time at the hotel. The Studio Suites look inwards, towards the inner courtyard and pool, whereas the remaining suite categories have increasingly splendid ocean views. All have super large plasma TVs, and little touches of indulgent luxury that continually impress you.
The staff are superb at the Oceana; many guests seem to come back remembering someone who really went above and beyond and that nothing was too much trouble. It is something that at Scott Dunn we really love to see and know our guests hugely appreciate the care at which they were looked after.
The Oceana always seems to have a nice touch up their sleeve, like providing rental bikes with locks to wander off down the oceanfront road, or providing backgammon, chess and checkers games for rare occasions when the may not be all that good.
There is a modern gym, luxurious spa and freeform pool located at the heart of the hotel.
The Oceana has 70 luxury suites which provide the perfect relaxing escape for a beach side get away. The suites are stylishly designed with a neutral and blue coastal colour scheme. The spacious bedrooms and living areas are all equipped with the latest state-of-the-art technology.
Children are welcome with the option of getting extra beds (or sofa beds in the Lanai Suites). You are not far from Santa Monica Pier with its rides and the UCLA Ocean Discovery Center, an educational aquarium. The beach (7 minutes walk) is always a treat, and for older children surfing lessons can be arranged. The hotel have children's menus and can get outsourced babysitting (about $50 an hour). The hotel are unable to provide cots for the youngest children.
Open exclusively to guests of the hotel, Oceana’s Californian inspired restaurant pairs locally sourced produce and artisanal purveyors from the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market to create a delcious, fresh Californian menu. It is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
From bohemian boutique shopping on Abbot Kinney Venice Beach to designer retail on ritzy Rodeo Drive, walking the Hollywood Stars and exploring nearby hip neighbourhoods from West Hollywood to Silver Lake, Cycling along the ocean front or cruising down to Malibu Beach, to touring Beverly Hill’s celebrity homes to hiking up to the Hollywood sign and thrill rides at Universal Studios and concerts at the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles is a bustling city of fascinating downtown and beach front neighbourhoods and endless summer fun.
Camilla Swift (Staff)
I love the beachy, neighbourhood feel to the Oceana Beach Club Hotel. Welcomed with a glass of prosecco in the light and airy 'lobby', you can see through to the courtyard and pool, and immediately know you've entered a sumptuous haven. I use the word lobby loosely as it is not your standard hotel lobby, but more of an entrance hall, and you do definitely feel you've arrived at a relaxed and retro beach club.
Located on Ocean Avenue in the heart of Santa Monica, the hotel once housed Hollywood elites which explains the large, apartment-style suites. Ideal for a long weekend, the rooms are beautifully fresh and colourful. The Signature Ocean View Suites are particularly heavenly with private balconies from where you can watch the incredible sunsets, and spa bathrooms featuring a rain shower and separate deep bath tub.
Complimentary daily yoga in Palisades Park (just across the street) overlooking the Pacific, followed by an Oceana pressed raw juice is a perfect start to the day. If you don't fancy using the running trails through the park, Oceana has a small but well appointed fitness centre and beach cruiser bikes to borrow. Also on offer are daily guided hikes in the Temescal Canyon and Santa Monica mountains, and surf lessons every weekend.
This hotel characterises the relaxed, carefree charm of SoCal's surf crowd, and its ultra laid-back vibe definitely rubs off on you!
Catch a Baseball Game
Sports fan or not, you can't help but enjoy the ballpark; it's an experience so quintessentially American. Chow down on dogs and beer, hear the barrel organ fire up the crowd and cry "Outta Sight" as a 'homer' is hit.
Hollywood Hills Private Hiking Tour
Go hiking in Hollywood Hills with a private guide. Be starstruck by the Hollywood sign, explore the Griffith Observatory and be inspired by beautiful views of the City of Angels, from the skyscrapers to Beverly Hills and beyond.
Professional photography experience
Create lasting memories of your holiday with an exclusive private photography experience. With the help of a professional photographer, capture the perfect moment while you enjoy your romantic break, family holiday or honeymoon.
Santa Monica Farmers' Markets
There is nothing like wandering the aisles of the four Santa Monica Farmers' Markets. The textures, the smells and the colours – it's no wonder so many of L.A.'s top chefs choose to buy their produce and other seasonal favourites there.
Self Guided Moviestars Homes Bike Tour
This self-guided bike tour takes you where the tour buses can't. Collect your bike, helmet and GPS and explore the neighbourhood of Beverly Hills, visiting hidden hotspots, movie stars' homes and LA highlights at a relaxed pace.
Shopping on Rodeo Drive
Sunglasses from Dior...check. Couture from Chanel…check. Handbag from Louis Vuitton…check. Shoes from TOD’s…check.
Sweet-Spots Cycle in Santa Monica
An ideal tour for families, this three hour culinary cycle tour takes you through the best sweet-tooth foodie spots in Santa Monica to sample the best ice cream parlours and patisseries to hit the scene.
Universal Hollywood VIP Experience
Star treatment awaits the fortunate few on this exclusive guided behind-the-scenes tour, revealing world class production facilities & movie sets normally closed to the public and enjoying front-of-line access to all rides, attractions & gourmet lunch.
Universal Studios Hollywood
Located at one of the world's oldest running movie studios, Universal is a must for most children and adults in touch with their inner-child. Allow a full day to take in a studio tour, 3-D movies, movie-inspired rides and action packed re-enactments.
Warner Bros. Hollywood Behind the Scenes Tour
Warner Bros takes you “into-the-scenes” of your favourite shows at the world’s busiest motion picture and TV studio. From Batman to Argo, to The Big Bang Theory to Friends, the studio will show you how the magic is made. The tour is 3 hours for 8yrs+.
Your free family time in Santa Barbara - Scott Dunn suggests
Santa Barbara's climate and wine country is enough to capture adult imaginations but there's also lots of fun to be had for the children from the planetarium, the Ty Warner Sea Center, Santa Barbara's Sailing Club and Hendry's Beach for sand castles.
Your free time in Los Angeles - Scott Dunn suggests
Explore independently and you’ll experience some truly life-affirming moments of fun. Hike high into the Hollywood Hills, spot your favourite star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, delight in stellar art at the Getty or star-gaze at the Griffith Observatory.
Location & directions
Santa Monica, California, United States of America
Located on Ocean Avenue in a quiet residential neighbourhood, minutes from the expansive Santa Monica beach, and just steps from Ocean Avenue's palm-lined cliffs. The hotel is a short walk to Montana Avenue and Santa Monica Pier.
How to get there
11-hour 20-minute direct flight from London to Los Angeles, with British Airways or Virgin Atlantic. The drive to Oceana Santa Monica from Los Angeles International Airport is 30-minute.