After undergoing a $30 million renovation, the Oceana Santa Monica has rebranded itself and is now a part of the Hilton boutique luxury portfolio, LXR Hotels & Resorts. The hotel has 70 impeccably designed suites with custom high-end furnishings; a private restaurant and bar, intimate swimming pool and lounge area, fitness studio, and a rooftop bar overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It’s definitely the most intimate and luxurious hotel in Santa Monica.
I recently stayed here for a 3 day trip to Santa Monica with my family, including several of my kids friends, and loved every minute of it!
Oceana Santa Monica Location
The Oceana is located on Ocean Avenue in the heart of Santa Monica, overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Santa Monica Beach. Within a couple blocks of the hotel are the boutique shops and cafes on Montana Avenue, the Santa Monica Pier and the 3rd Street Promenade. If you want to have access to everything in Santa Monica, yet want a little bit of privacy, this is the perfect location.
The lobby is a smaller, two story space meant to feel like a living room with a seating area, fireplace and glass doors opening up to Ocean Avenue on one side and the pool and lounge area on the other.
Oceana Santa Monica Rooms
There are only 70 suites on the property, all of which are large, unique and distinctive, with an attention to detail and level of quality I have rarely seen.
Everything was thought through to the smallest detail, including the wallpaper inside of the closets, which was complementary, yet different from the wallpaper in the rest of the room. Rarely will you ever find attention paid to the interior of a closet, but they definitely did, which highlights the level of quality and attention to detail paid during this impeccable renovation.
The four-poster beds are outfitted with comfortable and luxurious Frette Linens. The floors have hand tufted rugs from Nepal and the bathrooms feel like a spa with beautifully designed Italian marble laid in a herringbone pattern. Seriously, the level of design, thoughtfulness and detail that went into these rooms was off the charts!
Restaurant and Bars at Oceana Santa Monica
There is one primary restaurant on the property, Sandpiper, which is exclusively for guests of the hotel and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The Veranda is the name of the poolside dining experience, which is essentially the same restaurant and menu as Sandpiper but served in the open air pool dining area, or can be brought to your chaise lounge right next to the pool.
We at breakfast and lunch here every day and the food was great. The chicken sandwich is a standout and may be the best I have every had!
Finally, there is a roof top bar and lounge area, called Sunset Terrace, on the third floor overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It’s a great spot to relax and have a cocktail as the sun sets before you head out for dinner.
Oceana Santa Monica Amenities
The hotel is built around the pool, which has very comfortable lounge chairs, day beds, olive trees and a seating/dining area with a fire pit. The pool is fairly small, so you may have a hard time getting some chairs during prime season, but we had no issues during our stay.
In addition to the pool, there’s a state of the art fitness center and a full service spa. From the spa, you can schedule yoga classes, a personal trainer, surfing lessons, etc…
Points and Elite Status – Can you book the Oceana with Points?
Now that Oceana Santa Monica has joined LXR Hotels, you can book your stay using Hilton Honors points and free night certificates. Hilton doesn’t publish an award chart, but rooms start at 95,000 points per night. If you choose to use your points, you can also get a fifth night free and won’t have to pay the hotel’s daily resort fee.
Regarding Hilton elite status, the benefits are great! I am have Hilton Diamond status and was given a room upgrade and free breakfast for all three rooms I booked during my stay.
Overall Rating: Would I Recommend this hotel or stay here again?
I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone wanting to stay in the Santa Monica area. The service was outstanding, the location is great and the quality and level of design is as good as I have seen anywhere. That said, there are only 70 suites, so it appeals to the traveler that prefers boutique hotels over resorts. If I return to Santa Monica, I will stay here. No doubt about it!