Santa Monica Proper Hotel Los Angeles Review

June 4, 2023


As soon as I walked into the Santa Monica Proper Hotel in Los Angeles, I felt like I had entered a whole new world. The modern decor and friendly staff immediately made me feel welcomed and at ease. From the moment I checked in, I knew this place was going to be something special. And let me tell you, it did not disappoint. During my stay, I couldn't help but feel like I was living in a dream world.

From the breathtaking views to the incredible amenities, every aspect of this hotel was designed to provide an unforgettable experience. So, let me take you on a journey through my time at one of the best hotels in LA for families or solo travelers.

Santa Monica Proper Hotel Los Angeles Review


For starters, let's discuss the accommodations at Santa Monica Proper Hotel. Whether you're looking for a family room or a non-smoking room, this hotel has got you covered. And if you're anything like me, you'll appreciate the little luxuries that make all the difference in your stay. The guest rooms are furnished with Fili D’oro Fine Linens, Bellino Italian comforters and pillows, and Kelly Wearstler custom throws.

And let's not forget about the Kelly Wearstler parachute home custom bathrobes – perfect for lounging around after a long day of exploring Los Angeles. The Aesop bathroom amenities are also a nice touch, adding a touch of luxury to your stay.

Also, the best part? You can always count on free WiFi, which made it easy for me to stay connected during my visit.

Dining Options

If you're looking for good food, paid breakfast is available onsite. A lot of options to choose from for great food, with two restaurant bars and three cafes and bars located just steps away. Other eateries include Restaurant Cassia and Restaurant Panera Bread are both just a short walk away and offer delicious breakfast options which I enjoyed.

For a coffee or cocktail, you can also head over to Esters Wine Shop & Bar, located just 250 meters away. Stay in the hotel for dinner and head to Olea to enjoy some sushi on the garden terrace or stroll towards Palma hotel lobby lounge to sip some delicious wine. With such a variety of options, you will definitely find something to excite your taste buds!

The hotel food and drinks

Facilities And Amenities

This 3,000-square-foot luxury hotel offers top-notch Ayurvedic treatments, a fitness center that offers fitness classes, and a yoga terrace. Plus, you can enjoy original works by emerging L.A. artists and 24,000 square feet of business spaces, the perfect place to get other events organized.

And if that wasn't enough, this Santa Monica hotel also has an awesome outdoor swimming pool, private parking service, Apple TV in rooms, and controls on the bedside to adjust shades and lighting, which I took advantage of often. Plus, the curved floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies with garden terraces offer nature's California light to brighten up your day if you plan to stay in.

Customer Service

I can guarantee you that their 24-hour front desk staff is nothing short of amazing. They are always friendly and go out of their way to help the guests with whatever they need.

Whether it's a question about the hotel, directions to the local attractions, or just a friendly chat, the staff here is always willing to go the extra mile. They never let a complaint go unsolved either. They're quick to respond and always willing to help make sure that your stay is nothing short of perfect.

The hotel pool

Locations And Surroundings

You've come to the right place in the heart of Southern California, which is near some of the top attractions in the city, including the Eames House, which is 2.5 miles away, Venice Beach Boardwalk at 4.4 miles, Hammer Museum at 6 miles, and the Getty Center just 7 miles away.

If you're in the mood for some relaxation, there are beaches nearby, like Santa Monica Beach, which is just a mile away. Plus, there are plenty of parks to explore, like Mandela Park (0.4 miles away) and Euclid Park (0.6mi)!

Pricing And Value For Money

As a traveler, I understand that spending $700 a night on a hotel stay can seem pretty expensive. But trust me when I say you will get every penny's worth with this family-friendly LA hotel at a prime location.

Not only do you get a comfortable and luxurious room, but also access to a spa, fitness center, breakfast facility, parking, swimming pool, and much more. Moreover, there are so many nearby attractions and local places to explore that the cost of traveling is minimal.

Once you step into this lovely paradise of relaxation and grandeur, you will realize that the price you pay is totally worth it.

The hotel interior

Frequently Asked Questions

Now I will answer the most frequently asked questions.

Who owns Proper Hotel Santa Monica?

Santa Monica Proper Hotel is a luxury lifestyle property with Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Alex Gorby as development partners. Goldman, Sachs & Co. are the lead capital partners for the property and their partnership with The Kor Group is their second.

What style is a proper Santa Monica hotel?

Santa Monica Proper design hotels are a combination of the classic Spanish Colonial Revival style of the 1928 building and the modern, contemporary building of today. It is a unique and inviting place, perfect for anyone looking for a luxurious stay in the heart of Santa Monica. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for an unforgettable experience!

What did the proper hotel used to be?

The Santa Monica proper hotel used to be a private club with Cecil B. DeMille as a member, before transforming into a YWCA in the 1960s. Today, it has been given a new life by designer Kelly Wearstler, who has cleverly incorporated elements from its past into the hotel's modern suites. It's amazing to think that this once-private club has been given a new lease of life and will no doubt be enjoyed by many for years to come.

When was the proper Hotel Santa Monica built?

In conclusion, the Proper Hotel Santa Monica was built in 1926, making it one of the oldest hotels in the Santa Monica area.


From the stunning location and views, even from the guest room, to the impeccable customer service, to the luxurious amenities and modern design, everything about the hotel is top-notch. To sum it up, I would absolutely recommend a stay here to anyone visiting the Los Angeles area, as it lives up to its reputation and review of being one of the best hotels in the city.

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