Accommodations, Architecture

Bayside Hotel

Bayside Hotel

My idea of a vacation hotel. Old school.

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Best Western Jamaica Bay Inn

Best Western Jamaica Bay Inn

A nice enough place though don’t let the picture of windsurfing outside the place fool you: That’s off Mother’s Beach, a marina backwater that ALWAYS gets the worst water quality ratings from Heal the Bay.

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Casa Del Mar

Casa Del Mar

At $420 a night Casa Del Mar is a tad rich for my blood—I’ve never been up to one of the rooms (though I’ll wager plenty of people who work the posh bar/restaurant have).

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Golden Star Motel

Golden Star Motel

Quintessential old school motel on the outside, no idea what goes on inside. Shame it’s at Lincoln instead of the beach. Of course, there’s always nearby La Cabana.

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Holiday Inn Express

Holiday Inn Express

Doesn’t look like much from the outside. On the other hand, hanging out inside a Holiday Inn for anything other than sleep while in SoCal doesn’t make a lot of sense.

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hostel california

Hostel California

A former winery, one assumes the hostel to be cheap of friendly (’cause it sure ain’t much to look at). Young travelers do hang out lounging in the sun out back by the rental bikes, playing guitar and writing post cards.

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Hotel California Santa Monica

Hotel California

To my knowledge, the hotel has zip to do with the Eagles’ song. Though it does have a weird vibe.

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jolly roger hotel

Jolly Roger Hotel

No, the waterfall doesn’t cascade into some swanky cocktail bar swimming pool. Then again, how many hotels sport Tudor-look exteriors, parking lot palm trees and a pirate-flag name?

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Le Merigot-a Jw Marriott Beach Hotel & Spa Santa Monica

Le Merigot-a Jw Marriott Beach Hotel & Spa

Someone needs to get this place a shorter name. Shmancy place on Ocean.
From $310.00

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Lincoln Inn

Lincoln Inn

Sort of “No tell motel”-y to me. But I regularly misjudge things…

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