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.
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.
Date posted: 04/04/2014
When looking where to stay in Santa Monica with a beach view, keep in mind Santa Monica has more to offer than just sun and sand. Once the sun sets there are many more entertainment options available which bring the city to life...
Date posted: 03/28/2014
The place to go for upscale shopping and quality dining experiences, Third Street Promenade, is popular with locals and visitors alike for its mixture of shops, restaurants and entertainment options. Found in Downtown Santa Monica, one of the most beloved cities in California, it is one of...
Date posted: 03/05/2014
The first ever William S. Paley Festival was held in 1984 and has been a huge hit ever since. It was named after the founder of The Paley Center who was also the founder of the CBS television network and provides an opportunity for fans of TV shows and media to get up close and personal...
Date posted: 02/26/2014
Café Del Rey is situated on the beautiful Marina Del Rey and offers a dining experience like no other called “Permission to Come Aboard” with Cafe Del Rey’s Deep Sea Fishing Excursion. Take in the stunning scenery while tasting the delicious food which has been inspired by Mediterranean...
Date posted: 02/10/2014
Adamm's Gallery in Santa Monica, CA is a haven for all things artistic. It was opened in 1976 by Adamm Gritlefield as an extension to his already popular and reputable stained glass studio. The studio was opened in 1972 and has since created many pieces of the finest quality stained glass which...
Date posted: 01/21/2014
There is lots to do when visiting the world famous Santa Monica Pier, however one of the attractions you would be crazy not to visit is Heal the Bay's public Marine Education Center. The center is situated at beach level just below the carousel and boasts 4,500 square feet of different...
Date posted: 01/10/2014
In the beautiful surroundings of the Grand Chapiteau or the ‘Big Top’ on Santa Monica Pier, this winter a very special show is set to delight audiences. Cirque du Soleil is proud to present Totem, with performances between...
Date posted: 12/26/2013
Established in 1979, where just four independent farmers convened in a church car park, the Santa Monica Farmer’s Markets have grown since then into an enormous movement across the area in which there are more than seven hundred representative events. Today there are four markets in...
Date posted: 12/06/2013
Back for the fifth time, the annual Santa Monica Pub Crawl is rapidly becoming a key event of the festive calendar in the area and is set to be bigger and better than ever this year. Booked for the December 14th, participants come together to celebrate the holiday season with friends and...
Date posted: 11/22/2013
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Santa Monica is famous for its shopping, and this holiday season there is more to see and do than ever before. Whether looking for high end boutique pieces for a loved one, big brand names for family members or toys for the children, the range of shops located in this special area means everyone...
Date posted: 11/04/2013
Downtown Santa Monica has become famous for its annual program of festive events and unique activities which fill the area with seasonal sparkle, and this year is no different. Offering true holiday magic and joy, a series of Christmas specials will attract visitors from all around...
Date posted: 10/30/2013
This holiday season, one of the things that unites people both young and old is the unique sensation of skating on ice, zipping around a rink and laughing with family or friends. In Downtown Santa Monica, ICE at Santa Monica brings a taste of this popular winter activity to the...
Date posted: 10/08/2013
This October 19th, a unique comedy event is coming to Santa Monica Pier: the Festival Supreme. With doors opening at 2pm for the shows to start at 3pm, an enormous selection of some of the most well known names in comedy are brought together for one night of raucous laughter to suit everyone...
Date posted: 09/27/2013
When visitors to Santa Monica picture the beautiful beach, many people also envision the historic pier. More than just a landmark, Santa Monica Pier is home to attractions for the whole family, throughout the day and well into the evening. Plan a day trip to the Pier and there will be plenty...
Date posted: 09/06/2013
The Santa Monica Museum of Art, founded in 1984, has become the largest art gallery and complex in Southern California. A ‘kunsthalle’ or ‘non collecting art gallery,’ the Santa Monica Museum of Art is home to programs and exhibitions featuring the most pivotal moments in history in...
Date posted: 08/30/2013
Summer is drawing to a close and what with the kids going back to school weekend getaways tend to be much rarer this time of year. However if theatre is your thing then you really should schedule in some time to come and stay at the Ocean View in Santa Monica between September 7th and October...
Date posted: 08/02/2013
A late-summer event making its name in Los Angeles returns this August for the third year. The Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival will take place in Los Angeles from August 22-25, 2013...
Date posted: 07/29/2013
If you’re a thrill-seeker and love to be challenged then this the Watson Adventures Santa Monica Pier Pressure is for you. You will find yourself meeting great people and discovering new adventures along the way.
Date posted: 07/05/2013
After a long day of swimming, surfing, boogie boarding, and lying out in the sun, cool down and relax at these musical events. There will be plenty of artists and bands performing at each of these events so be prepared to be entertained all night long.
Date posted: 06/24/2013
If you’re spending your summer vacation in Southern California make sure to visit the beach. Santa Monica Beach is one beach worth visiting during your trip to California.
Date posted: 06/10/2013
The Creating Arts Company has recreated three of the most popular Disney productions in history including Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty and Winnie the Pooh. Each show brings a unique twist to the fairytale classics and each one invites different age groups to attend.
Date posted: 05/22/2013
If you want to discover Santa Monica further, then make sure to attend the most entertaining Bubble Show in the world, known as the Amazing Bubble Man. This one-of-a-kind show is performed by the talented Louis Pearl who has learned the skill of ‘bubbling’ over 30 years.
Date posted: 05/03/2013
Mingle with locals and tourists while sampling delicious food from neighboring restaurants and bakeries in Santa Monica. Food festivals are the perfect events to spend some quality time with family and friends.
Date posted: 04/09/2013
The STOP CANCER research organization has hosted many fundraising events with the goal of bringing communities together to bring awareness, hope, and support for effective cancer prevention and treatment. The upcoming wine tasting event provides seed funding.
Date posted: 04/05/2013
From March 18 to April 26, more than 40 of Los Angeles’ leading museums and performance groups will participate in Discover the Arts: History, Culture, Science and More. You can save up to 50% on admission during and take advantage of special offers to enjoy your favorite museums or discover new...
Date posted: 03/06/2013
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Santa Monica this month with a bar crawl! Those staying in hotels around Santa Monica can take advantage of two days of bar crawls. Drink specials will be available at Barney’s Beanery both days for a great way to celebrate the spirit of the Irish!
Date posted: 03/04/2013
Are you looking for a fun way to spend a day at the beach? Those staying in hotels near Will Rogers State Beach can enjoy the spirit of Holi at Holi on the Beach 2013 on March 2013. You can support the cause of India’s development AID-Los Angeles/Orange County at the 6th celebration with over 1000..
Date posted: 02/27/2013
March is a great time to check out a new show in Santa Monica! This month, from the company that brought 8 sold out months of “Sideways The Play” comes the never before staged musical comedy extravaganza “Paradise – A Divine Bluegrass Musical,” “LA Café Plays,” and “Library Girl.”
Date posted: 02/08/2013
Those staying in hotels near Santa Monica College have the opportunity to witness the wonders of the sky this spring and summer. Santa Monica College’s planetarium presents “The Night Sky Show” on select Fridays March-August. It’s a great show to take the kids to see to learn about astronomy!
Date posted: 01/18/2013
Although the weather is often sunny in Los Angeles, winter is a great time to see a show while you are staying in the area. If you are staying in Santa Monica, you can see lots of unique shows and musicals, such as “Theatre in the Dark” and “Cinderella: The Musical.” Read about these plays below!
Date posted: 01/09/2013
Winter is a great time to stay in and experience the arts. If you’re staying in hotels by Santa Monica beach this month, you can catch the 4th season of the Fireside Series at the Miles Memorial Playhouse in Reed Park. There are still six events happening this month. The events feature...
Date posted: 12/05/2012
For those staying in cheap Santa Monica hotels this year, booking a Santa Monica Walking Tour is a great way to discover hidden gems of this city by the beach. With a tour guide, you’ll experience the city in a fun and informative way. Tours will cover many local hot spots and attractions such...
Date posted: 12/04/2012
Are you staying in boutique hotels in Santa Monica for the holidays? If so, you can celebrate the season at the Santa Monica Playhouse. “Abuelita’s Christmas Carol” is a nostalgic and heartwarming holiday tale and you can bring in the New Year at “The Annual All-New One-Time Only New Year’s Eve...
Date posted: 11/13/2012
It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays in Los Angeles! If you’re staying in Santa Monica boutique hotels after Thanksgiving, be sure to sign up for the Santa Monica-Venice Christmas Run! One of Los Angeles’ most popular running events, the Santa Monica-Venice Christmas Run has a 5K and a...
Date posted: 11/05/2012
It may not be snowing in Los Angeles, but if you’re staying in affordable hotels in Santa Monica, you can still get a taste of winter with Ice at Santa Monica! Every holiday season since 2006, Downtown Santa Monica builds an outdoor ice skating rink to the corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue to
Date posted: 10/16/2012
Fall is a great time to experience the city of Los Angeles. If you are staying in beach hotels in Los Angeles before Thanksgiving, you can make your trip memorable by attending one of the two plays at the Odyssey Theatre on South Sepulveda Boulevard. All performances are completely different as...
Date posted: 10/01/2012
If you’re staying in Los Angeles hotels by the beach this Halloween, you can experience the all new “Paranoia” at Santa Monica Place. Santa Monica will host its very own Halloween haunted attraction for the very first time from September 28 to October 31.
Date posted: 09/10/2012
October is a great time to visit Santa Monica, and not just for Halloween! If you’re staying in Santa Monica beach hotels, consider attending Santa Monica’s answer to Oktoberfest, the Beer Art and Music Festival! The BAM Fest brings locally produced art and music to the heart of Santa Monica with...
Date posted: 09/06/2012
Los Angeles is home to a vibrant art community that supported by art walks in major areas every month. One such event, Art Platform – Los Angeles, brings modern and contemporary art to the Santa Monica Airport. The festival is moving to Barker Hangar this year, just minutes from the beach, Santa...
Date posted: 08/29/2012
If you are staying in Santa Monica hotels by the beach this September, there are plenty of festivals going on in the area! Enjoy the sunshine by the beach and listen to the tunes below!
Date posted: 08/01/2012
iPhoneArt.com and the Santa Monica Art Studios bring the LA Mobile Arts Festival to Santa Monica. Arists of iPhoneography and underground mobile arts will be featured in nine days of interactive digital art—imagery, sound , video, sculpture and performance art at the Santa Monica airplane hangar...
Date posted: 07/24/2012
Santa Monica has no shortage of outdoor music events, with the Santa Monica Twilight Concert series on Thursdays. Starting in August, Santa Monica Cultural Affairs will bring Jazz on the Lawn to a new location at Stewart Street Park. Bring a picnic, blanket or chair and relax to some great tunes Sun
Date posted: 07/11/2012
Los Angeles is a great place to discover up and coming artists through “art walks.” Art walks are free open galleries people can view while exploring an area. If you’re staying in cheap hotels in Santa Monica, venture off to Venice to look at some of the galleries at Venice Art Crawl. One of the...
Date posted: 06/20/2012
Summer is officially here, and for a city close to Tinseltown, that means it’s the season of outdoor movies. With beautiful coastal weather, Santa Monica is the ideal place to unwind to a good flick underneath the stars. If you’re staying in a Santa Monica beach hotel, this is a perfect way to...
Date posted: 06/12/2012
If you’re staying in hotels in Santa Monica CA this summer, you’ll have to check out the KCRW Twilight Concert Series on the Santa Monica Pier! It’s a summer tradition for the city now in its 28th year. Genres of music range from show tunes to street music, and musicians will travel from Mali...
Date posted: 05/15/2012
Do you love to spin? If you’re staying in hotels near Santa Monica beach you should sign up for Santa Monica’s Pedal on the Pier. The Harold Robinson Foundation will host an annual bike ride at the Santa Monica Pier. All proceeds will go towards a camp experience for underprivileged children...
Date posted: 05/01/2012
Los Angeles isn’t the entertainment capital of the world for nothing! This summer, LA’s premier outdoor movie food truck and live music event series Eat|See|Hear returns for 17 straight weeks! The season kicks off Memorial Day Weekend on May 26th with “Anchorman” at the Memorial Greek Amphitheater
Date posted: 04/26/2012
If you’re staying in a Santa Monica beach hotel in May be sure to check out the Santa Monica Festival! It’s a unique event that highlights the city’s communities, businesses, arts and the environment. The festival’s goal is to offer solutions for a greener, healthier and more sustainable lifestyle.
Date posted: 04/09/2012
Earth Day is April 21, and if you’re staying at hotels in Santa Monica, there’s a great way to celebrate and give back to the Earth. You can participate in the Nothing but Sand beach cleanup from 10am to 12pm on April 21 and receive FREE admission to the Santa Monica Aquarium!
Date posted: 03/26/2012
Looking for a way to test your limits? If you’re staying in a hotel near Santa Monica pier, you can sign up to participate in the Santa Santa Monica Urban RaceMonica Great Urban Race on March 31. The Urban Race is an urban adventure involving 12 clues so that you can discover the city in mentally an
Date posted: 03/05/2012
If you love to eat and drink, here’s a great way to enjoy delicious cuisine and support a great cause at the same time. The Planned Parenthood Los Angeles Food Fare will be held Thursday, March 8 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. It’s a great opportunity to support Planned Parenthood after...
Date posted: 02/03/2012
Gem lovers, rejoice! The Gem Faire is coming to the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on February 10-12. The Gem Faire is a community event open to the public with over 70 exhibitors. The full dealer list will be available on February 9th here. Guests also have a chance to win hourly door prizes...
Date posted: 01/09/2012
Are you a fan of photography? Come to the 21st photo l.a. exhibit in the historic Santa Monica Civic Auditorium for galleries, video and multimedia presentations. Photo l.a. is a convention that continues the discourse on photography in fine arts through vintage and contemporary displays...
Date posted: 12/12/2011
The holidays are a great time to get into the spirit of giving. If you’re staying in Santa Monica this December, there’s a great opportunity to enjoy local bars and donate food to the Westside Food Bank. Come out to the 3rd Annual Santa Monica Pub Crawl on December 17 with some cash and get ready...
Date posted: 11/03/2011
When you found out you’d be in Los Angeles this December, you were probably thinking that the weather would be nice. If you’ll be in Beverly Hills in December, however, the forecast is 100 percent chance of snow all along Rodeo Drive! It’s called Sparkle 90210; a night like no other in Los...
Date posted: 10/27/2011
The Santa Monica Farmers Market is one of the largest farmer’s markets in all of Southern California. With four different locations in Santa Monica open on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday and other days seasonally, a wide array of produce and live entertainment is available to residents and...
Date posted: 09/16/2011
Halloween is a great time to be in Los Angeles! Did you know that Los Angeles is the 5th most haunted city in the United States? Many souls with unresolved grudges still haunt the streets of this vast city. Halloween is a great time to see a new side of Los Angeles through the 5th Annual Haunted...
Date posted: 08/10/2011
Fashion’s Night Out is back for its second year in the greater Los Angeles area and will once again showcase the diverse and artistic talent of LA’s fashion industry. While spread out over many fashion-related venues and stores, there will be a fun hub at Santa Monica Place where attendees can...
Date posted: 07/18/2011
Every Sunday throughout the month of August, enjoy jazz on the lawn in Santa Monica at the Santa Monica City Hall. Bring a picnic, blanket, or lawn chair to get comfy and relax while you soak up some smooth jazz tunes. During the show or afterwards, enjoy some cool treats from...
Date posted: 06/22/2011
The 2nd Annual Montana Avenue Artwalk is here again and is sure to provide an evening of fun, food, and culture. On Thursday, July 21st, Montana Avenue in Santa Monica will be bustling with art lovers and casual window shoppers alike. The street will be transformed into a luminous art gallery...
Date posted: 05/09/2011
Spend a day of fun in the sun at the Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard Race & Ocean Festival. Join the Honolua Surf Co. on Saturday, June 11 as it starts off summer with a bang with paddleboard races, dory competitions, outrigger canoes, and live music. The event will also feature...
Date posted: 04/07/2011
Every year locals and tourists come to Virginia Avenue Park for the Annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta.
Date posted: 03/04/2011
Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is celebrating Earth Day and Earth Month with a festival April 16 and 17.
Date posted: 02/20/2011
Throughout the spring Santa Monica Place will be featuring a variety of classic movies out on its dining deck under the beautiful starlit L.A. sky.
Date posted: 01/05/2011
The Vintage Fashion Expo is coming to the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on Saturday, February 5, and Sunday, February 6.
Date posted: 12/11/2010
On Saturday, January 22, the Disney Store at Santa Monica Place will be hosting a Disney Princess Garden Party.
Date posted: 11/20/2010
The Ruskin Group Theatre proudly presents their adventurous rendition of Cyrano de Bergerac.
Date posted: 10/28/2010
Every year downtown Santa Monica goes through a wonderful holiday transformation by setting up an ice-skating rink on the corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue.
Date posted: 09/24/2010
West Hollywood’s 23rd Annual Halloween Costume Carnaval takes place on Halloween night, Sunday October 31.
Date posted: 08/01/2010
The Abbot Kinney Festival takes place this year on Sunday, September 26, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Date posted: 07/31/2010
On September 25, 2010, Glow and all of its exciting splendor will be returning to Santa Monica State Beach.
Date posted: 06/28/2010
Throughout the summer the Santa Monica Pier hosts free concerts that feature a variety of talented musical artists from around the world.
Date posted: 05/14/2010
Visit the Hawaiian Tropic® Cabana during their Beauty of Sun Protection Tour from June 24 through July 10 at the Santa Monica Pier.
Date posted: 04/02/2010
The Peter Fetterman Gallery will be showcasing In the Presence of Paul Caponigro from April 3 to June 10. The exhibition features beautiful landscapes and still life photographs of one of the last American masters of photography.
Date posted: 03/14/2010
Renoir in the 20th Century focuses on the last three decades of Renoir’s career, and will be on display at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from Feb. 14 thru May 9.
Date posted: 02/04/2010
Michael’s garden patio is a beautiful setting that is one of the most romantic in town. On Feb. 14 they will hosting a luxurious and romantic Valentine’s evening dinner with a special menu that will light up the passion between you and your loved one.
Date posted: 01/18/2010
The California Heritage Museum will be presenting SKATEBOARD: Evolution and Art in California until May 30, 2010.
Date posted: 12/01/2009
On Saturday, Dec. 12, the Santa Monica-Venice Christmas Run & Walk will start and finish at the beach in Santa Monica, running throughout Venice and along the city's famous boardwalk.