Oceana Beach Club Hotel
- Style All things bright and beautiful
- Setting Parkside Ocean Avenue
The Oceana Beach Club Hotel plays up the breezy laid-back charm of its seaside Santa Monica location, with airy oversized rooms awash in a retro colour palette, sweeping ocean views throughout and a see-and-be-seen poolside bar. A sociable and carefree beachfront haven, it’s the perfect base from which to explore the weird and wonderful city of Los Angeles.
Need to know
- Rooms 70, including 58 suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $385.00, excluding tax at 14 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional service charge of $30.00 per room per night on check-out.
- More details Rates exclude breakfast (US$25).
- Facilities Gym, swimming pool, free WiFi, laundry, valet parking (US$36). In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, minibar, Frette linens, blackout blinds, air-conditioning, Aveda toiletries.
- Poolside The heated outdoor pool in the central courtyard is an elongated heart shape and is surrounded by curvy rattan sunloungers.
- Check–out 12 noon, but flexible subject to availability; late check-outs (up to 6pm) are charged at half the daily rate. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Children Welcome – Oceana Beach Club Hotel is a good choice for families: rollaway beds can be provided (US$50 a night); Lanai Suites have sofabeds, some can be interconnected, and one has a kitchenette.
- Also Massages and treatments are on offer, either in your room or at recommended local spas and salons – just ask the hotel’s clued-up concierge to hook you up.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms All rooms are generously sized and have similarly sunny, bright decor, but it goes without saying that the Suites are bigger (and better), with additional TVs, games tables and masses of space. Rooms and Suites on the Ocean View side of the hotel are larger than their courtyard-facing counterparts, with splendid views of the Pacific. Signature Ocean View Suites on the top floor have the lot: deep soaking tubs, rainfall shower heads, private balconies, and enough room to throw your own cocktail party in.
- Packing tips This is California, so itsy-bitsy teeny-weeny bikinis and massive, giant oversized sunglasses are an absolute must. Although you might want to bring some sturdier swimwear if you plan on surfing (string bikinis + heavy surf = instant nudity).
- Also Leave your weighty beach reads behind, and pick up one of the books lining the shelves of your bedroom instead – more room to pack that shopping in on the way home. The hotels has beach cruisers to borrow and regular bicycles are available to rent nearby, so bring something comfy to wear if you like the idea of cycling through Palisades Park and along the promenade to Santa Monica Pier.
During the summer, the pool has dedicated hosts, who're more than happy to supply guests with iPads, iPods, sun cream, magazines and ice-creams on Saturday. They’ll also take you down to the beach in one of the cruisers waiting out front, equipped with packed-up towels, games and picnics. Other organized complimentary activities include surfing lessons, yoga in Palisades Park and guided hikes in Temescal Canyon.
Food and drink at Oceana Beach Club Hotel
- Hotel restaurant Relaxed and laid-back like an elegant beach club, the Tower 8 restaurant serves up a fresh, seasonal mix of California cuisine from Michelin-starred local chef Josiah Citrin. Fresh seafood is complemented by ocean views and farmers-market-fresh flavours go hand-in-hand with creative cocktails and an extensive, curated wine list. The full menu is also available by the pool, so you can nosh on delicious snacks without leaving your sunlounger.
- Dress code Totally relaxed: think colourful casuals from Lilly Pulitzer and Lacoste.
- Top table Nab a table by the enormous picture window and watch the world go by on Ocean Avenue.
- Last orders The restaurant is open from 7am to 11pm; the bar shakes its final margarita at 11pm.
- Room service The full restaurant menu is (unfortunately for dieters) available in rooms from 7am until 11pm. After that, you’ll have to raid your minibar for liquid refreshment.
- Hotel bar A trendy, beachfront see-and-be-seen spot, the Tower 8 bar boasts cocktails by expert mixologist Pablo Moix, who intersperses sophisticated stand-bys with creative creations like the Jalapeno Mezcal Margarita. An extensive international wine list comes curated by award-winning Mélisse's sommelier, Brian Kalliel.