6 Santa Monica Hotels With The Best Beach Access

When it comes to getting a good dose of Vitamin Sea, you really can't beat the convenience and beauty of Santa Monica Beach. A short 20-minute drive from the LAX Airport gets you access to fluffy white sand, a lovely amusement park, and some of the most incredible sunset views in the country. It's no wonder why so many Angelenos head West to to this coastal paradise regularly.

One characteristic that makes this SoCal city stand out is the convenient location of the hotels: With most accommodations right by the oceanfront boardwalk, the beach is less than a 10-minute stroll away — the best way to do a beach holiday, if you ask us. We've skimmed through all the hospitality offerings along the beach to bring you the ones offering the best access to the Pacific Ocean.

Sea Blue Hotel

With its sunshine yellow walls and copious vintage surfboards and guitars on display, this hideaway has a charming, laid-back vibe that reminds us of a beach house from the Swinging Sixties. A private courtyard takes you right to the beach, and the hotel is also walking distance from Santa Monica Pier and the Pacific Park Ferris Wheel.

1670 Ocean Avenue; 310-393-2363

Approx. $181/night
Photo: Courtesy of The Georgian.
The Georgian Santa Monica

This boutique gem has been around since the 1940s and was once a favorite hangout for Old Hollywood's screen icons. Much of that glamour is still intact: Just take a peep at the fabulous Art Deco facade for proof. It's highly recommended that you take advantage of the daily Happy Hour at the Verandah Restaurant to watch sunset with a cocktail in hand.

1415 Ocean Avenue; 800-538-8147

Approx. $266/night
Photo: Courtesy of Seaview Hotel.
Seaview Hotel

With rooms starting at under $100, this retro chic hotel is the best choice if you want to do Santa Monica on a budget. The sundeck, replete with tropical flowers and colorful lounge chairs, is provides an amazing lookout to the beach.

1760 Ocean Avenue; 310-393-6711

Approx. $88/night
Photo: Courtesy of Shutters On The Beach.
Shutters On The Beach

A beachside vacay doesn't get fancier than this. You'll feel like an A-lister chilling at the Cape Cod-style villas, designed by none other than Michael S. Smith, interior designer for the Obama White House. Thanks to its sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, the hotel has been a popular choice for beach weddings.

1 Pico Boulevard; 310-458-0030

Approx. $747/night
Photo: Courtesy of Hotel Casa Del Mar.
Hotel Casa Del Mar

This oceanfront property originally opened as a private beach club during the Jazz Age, and has been graced by a fair share of Hollywood starlets and socialites. Both the lobby and swimming pool offers an unobstructed panorama of the Pacific Ocean.

1910 Ocean Way; 310-581-5533

Approx. $533/night
Photo: Courtesy of Bayside Hotel.
Bayside Hotel

Just across the road from the beach, this hotel offers small but stylish rooms with coastal inspired decor. The Ocean View rooms, which come with a private balcony overlooking the beach, are totally worth it: You just can't beat waking up to the sound of tumbling waves.

2001 Ocean Avenue; 310-396-6000

Approx. $220/night