Hampton Inn & Suites Santa Monica
Time Out says
Located at the base of the Third Street shopping district, the Santa Monica Hampton Inn & Suites provides dependable and comfortable amenities—think high thread count bedding and a in an upscale yet playful atmosphere.
The Hampton Inn is a chain hotel, meaning it’s probably not the most quirky or romantic getaway; accommodations are also supremely reliable, however, making it a safe (but still sophisticated) choice for tourists (particularly harried families) who want to remove unknowns from the vacation equation. This isn’t to say that the hotel is without personality: the lobby is playfully outfitted with contemporary sculptural furniture, accented with splashes of teal and graphic detailing. Here, you’ll find efficient service and all the expected amenities; rooms are clean and spacious, and come with smart TVs, free wifi and luxury bedding. Outside the rooms, there’s a fitness center, business facilities and a heated pool (in case the beach is too crowded for you). There’s also a complimentary beverage and breakfast station, and a 24-hour sundries store in the lobby, so you’ll never be stranded without your toothbrush. For a true SoCal experience, watch the sunset from the warmth of the Hampton’s poolside fire pit, then head into the neighborhood to explore Santa Monica’s world-renowned drinks and dining.
Location: Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade is a busy mix of office buildings, fitness studios, shops (big and boutique alike) and a range of dining. There are entertainment options at every price point, making the neighborhood great for travelers of all means, and the best part is, it’s all extremely walkable.
Bay Cities: Mere blocks from the thick of downtown Santa Monica’s chain restaurant row is this authentic Italian deli and bakery. Pack up a few Godmothers—the deli’s most famous sandwich, laden with savory meats like mortadella, coppa, ham, and salami—and a few cannolis for your beach picnic.
Forma: This cheese mecca offers am intimidating array of top-shelf formaggio; luckily, the staff is kind and knowledgeable enough to help diners determine exactly the right combination of dairy delights. There’s also a full menu of exquisitely crafted pastas, pizzas, mains and more, so your lactose intolerant friends will find something to love, too.
Pacific Park: The Santa Monica Pier’s rides and carnival games are geared towards kids, but even the most grown-up of adults can appreciate a romantic ride on the ferris wheel, or a spin on a restored 1920s wooden merry-go- round.
The Bungalow: This Ocean Avenue watering hole is the perfect balance of festive and laid-back, mixing casual activities like pool and ping-pong with some seriously sophisticated mezcal creations.
Good for: Travelers who want the reliability of a chain hotel with the luxury of an upscale establishment would do well to book with the Hampton Inn & Suites; given the spacious accommodations and proximity to family-friendly activities like the pier and boardwalk, parents in particular can please their offspring and enjoy some genuine R&R, too.
Amenities: Pool, free wifi, shop, gym, laundry service, concierge
Time Out tip: Book a west-facing room and take in stunning views from your private balcony when the sun sets over the Pacific.
501 Colorado Avenue
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