Travel Around Santa Monica
Many of the best things to do in Santa Monica are within walking distance of Ocean View Hotel.For trips further afield, we highly recommend that you catch a ride on the Big Blue Bus, Metro Bus or the Tide Shuttle.
Santa Monica is an excitingly glamorous city filled with limitless possibilities. Located just a quick 15 minute drive from Los Angeles International Airport, Ocean View Hotel is situated on the bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Our coveted location distinguishes us from the other hotels in downtown Santa Monica by having our guests staying within walking distance of the city's most desirable attractions.
Downtown Santa Monica
Venturing out from Ocean View Hotel will take you into the heart of the beach community. Overlooking the bay, downtown Santa Monica is composed of 30 city blocks of exclusive retail stores, casual and fine dining restaurants, and exciting entertainment venues.
A Southern California landmark since 1909, the historic and world-famous Santa Monica Pier is open year-round (with no admission charge). Featuring a Ferris wheel, roller-coaster, arcade, aquarium, fishing areas, five restaurants, various food vendors and a fully restored vintage carousel, the pier is an ideal place to spend a relaxing day or an exciting evening. Ocean View Hotel is located only two blocks away from this popular attraction, making us the most convenient of all the hotels near Santa Monica Pier.
Over the years this aesthetically rich site has also been the setting for countless film and television projects. With its boardwalk and wide sandy beach lined by the picturesque cliffs that border Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica Pier is as strikingly beautiful as it is entertaining. The pier's landmark entrance is the west coast spot where Tom Hanks ran to in Forest Gump, and its carousel was the site where Paul Newman and Robert Redford put the finishing touches on their con in The Sting.
In addition to its main attractions, Santa Monica Pier hosts a wide variety of special events throughout the year. From outdoor movie screenings and children's concerts to wine tastings and cooking demonstrations, the pier provides a unique combination of entertainment and culture.
Featuring over 200 of the area's finest shops, restaurants, cafés, nightclubs, theaters and art galleries, Third Street Promenade is a shopper's paradise. This chic shopping and entertainment district is only two short blocks to the north, making Ocean View Hotel the most convenient of all the hotels near 3rd Street Promenade.
From the latest in high-fashion to virtually anything you can imagine, Third Street Promenade features it all. Whether it's Zara, Bebe, Victoria's Secret, Abercrombie & Fitch, Urban Outfitters or the Rip Curl Pro Store, shopping on the promenade is a whirlwind of sophisticated style.
Entertainment at the promenade is as varied as it is cultivated. Catch the latest in acclaimed independent Hollywood films at the Santa Monica Laemmle or see your favorite author promoting their latest work at Barnes & Noble. If you're in the mood for a live theatre performance the Promenade Playhouse puts on various shows throughout the year, or you can simply watch a sidewalk show featuring some of the most interesting street performers in the world.
For those seeking more of a down to earth outing, Farmers' Market brings a wide selection of fresh California-grown organic produce to the city's streets. Every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday morning you can pick up your favorite familiar and exotic fruits and vegetables while enjoying the warm sunshine and cool ocean breezes.
With Santa Monica Mall, the golden beach and various parks all within walking distance, Santa Monica is a dreamlike coastal town you may find yourself never wanting to leave. For the most affordable Santa Monica, CA, hotel, Ocean View Hotel has you staying right in the heart of all this excitingly glamorous city has to offer.
Our fine city and the Greater Los Angeles area feature a wide array of entertaining and cultural events throughout the year. Search through our events blog for interesting things to do while vacationing in Santa Monica, California. Visit our Events page to learn more.