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Hotel Description

Best Western Plus Gateway Hotel Santa Monica puts you in the center of Santa Monica, 2.9 km (1.8 mi) from Santa Monica Pier and 1.7 km (1.1 mi) from Santa Monica College. Highlights at this hotel include a restaurant, free self parking, and a 24-hour fitness center.

Flat-screen TVs with cable channels are featured in all 123 rooms, and you can enjoy free WiFi, coffee/tea makers, and free weekday newspapers. Nice touches to enhance your stay include free toiletries and pillowtop beds. Refrigerators, free local calls, and safes are also available.

Attractions within a 15-minute drive of this 3-star Santa Monica hotel include Venice Beach and Sony Pictures Studios.

This business-friendly hotel offers free WiFi in public areas, a 24-hour front desk, and a computer station. Plus you'll find dry cleaning/laundry services, free newspapers in the lobby, and tour/ticket assistance.

Standard Room, 2 Queen Beds, Non Smoking, Refrigerator

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max
$180 per night

Standard Room, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking, Refrigerator

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Standard Room, 2 Queen Beds, Non Smoking, Refrigerator

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Standard Room, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking, Refrigerator

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Standard Room, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking, Refrigerator

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Standard Room, 2 Queen Beds, Accessible, Bathtub

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Best Western Plus Gateway Hotel Santa Monica ratings based on 23 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.8 out of 5 4.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.0 out of 5.0
3 out of 5

Acceptable hotel, "C" condition.

Pros: It is geographically close to our destination.
Cons: This is an acceptable establishment most of the time but far from luxurious. It is old and desperately need of repairs and upgrades.
Location: Good location in the center of Santa Monica. Only good if you have access to a car. Not too much in walking distance.
I usually don't review these hotels as they are acceptable most of the time. Our experience was unacceptable this stay. This hotel decided to do upstairs remodeling at 8:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning, making it impossible to sleep in. The banging was very loud and lasted over an hour. It sounded as if they were taking out a bathtub or pipes, hammering on our ceiling without mercy. I noticed a sign up that the water was scheduled to shut off on the day we were leaving. I'm not certain if they were planning on scheduling rooms at this time or not, but it appears that some unlucky guests would book a stay with no water available for several hours that day. No discount was offered for our inconvenience.

Posted by on May 16, 2017

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5 out of 5

Nice hotel and quiet

I thought the room was clean and quiet area and very friendly guest

Posted by on Apr 25, 2017

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3 out of 5

Modern on the surface only

Pros: Central location, walkability to downtown, free parking, beds
Cons: Insulation between the rooms, upgrade the elevator, fix the AC units
Location: There is an IHOP in the basement of the building. There are a lot of homeless people everywhere, so it's not as walking-friendly as I thought.
I stayed here for a few nights for a business trip. I liked that the hotel had free parking. The location was good for us since we were driving around for client visits in other areas. We were able to walk to the beach area for dinner relatively easily, though there are a lot of homeless people/vagrants along the walk so we didn't feel entirely safe. The hotel appears to have been updated relatively recently. The bed was comfortable and the room was mostly clean. Unfortunately, the wooden floors now allow you to hear the person/people stomping around upstairs). There is zero sound insulation between rooms. I could hear text messages from the phone of the person in the next room over. I could hear screaming children outside our room. Constant noise. The air conditioning unit was incredibly loud--it made a screeching sound. I had to keep turning it on and off until the fan wasn't screeching, though it was still very loud. I could barely hear the TV over the air conditioning noise, and didn't want to turn the TV up any louder in order to avoid disturbing other patrons. The elevators are incredibly slow. I also hated that you can't simply have the bathroom door open--the bathroom door is heavy and will remain closed unless you prop it open.

Posted by , from Chicago, IL on Jan 20, 2017

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4 out of 5

Nice location.

Pros: Location
Cons: More detail to cleaning.
Location: Not far from beaches, walk of fame, restaurants, UCLA, etc.
The hotel was in a nice location with plenty of restaurants nearby and their own parking garage. Front desk staff was friendly and efficient. My only complaint was that my room was dusty. Dust could be seen in corners and caked in the crevices of the radio. Floors were not swept properly because sand from the beach remained the next day. But the rest of the room (bedding, bathroom, towels) were fine. I would stay there again for the location and convenience.

Posted by on Jul 1, 2016

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4 out of 5

Great hotel

Pros: Travelocity.com
Cons: Room space
Location: Bistro italian restaurant. Broadway, etc streets for outside shopping/walking.
Very clean and modern hotel in a convenient area. We walked to a great italian restaurant called Bistro Santa Monica. I highly recommend it. Room was very clean, but small. We had single king bed with a sliding door that went out to a shared patio. The patio was a bonus and always nice to have the option for fresh air. Bed took up the whole room though so it was difficult to walk around. Bathroom clean. On site parking included & good, free wifi. Would stay here again.

Posted by on Nov 3, 2015

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4 out of 5

Gem just outside tourist area

This is a great little hotel just off the tourist trap of Santa Monica. The hotel provides shuttles if you want to go to the pier, and all the staff are very friendly. The beds are comfortable, but if you're a light sleeper request the top floor! Flooring is not carpet so you can hear upstairs easily. Otherwise, that's the only if-y thing about this hotel.

Posted by , from seattle on Sep 19, 2015

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5 out of 5

Nice hotel close to St. John's Hospital

Pros: Convenience
Location: Son was in the hospital.
Only stayed one night but the room was clean, quite & convenient. Staff was friendly and helpful.

Posted by , from Perris, Ca. on Mar 31, 2015

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5 out of 5

Conveniently Situated on Santa Monica Boulevard

Pros: Free Internet
It is always a balance when choosing a hotel between price and the value you get for that price.As far as I'm concerned this hotel ticked all the boxes for me, for price, convenience and quality. The Hotel was clean comfortable and well equipped with most important these days free access to high speed wifi and 15 minutes free access to a printer to print off boarding cards. Free parking was also a bonus. Situated on Santa Monica Boulevard (part of the historic Route 66), meant access to most of the tourist things was relativeley easy as was access to and from the airport. The Ocean, downtown Santa Monica with the 3rd Street Promenade offering a wide variety of shops and restaurants and up to 1.5 hours free parking was just a few minutes away by car.

Posted by , from France on Feb 11, 2013

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3 out of 5

Clean room, but too expensive

Pros: Free Internet
Cons: Nothing close, no breakfast for the price
The room was clean but at a rate of $200+ a night I expected it to be nicer and closer to the Boardwalk. It is not in walking distance to shopping or restaurants. I probably wouldn't stay here again, if I am in the area. I would pay an extra $50 or more to be close to everything.

Posted by , from Austin, TX on Jul 24, 2012

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5 out of 5

Very good and friendly staff

I arrived at the hotel late at night, only to discover that my reservation on line did not go through. The hotel was full and I had a lot of lugagge. Mr. Julio and a very nice lady that was at the front desk, help me to get a room in another hotel, help me with the luggage and call me a taxi, all without me even asking them to help me! I truly recomend this hotel for the kind of good heart people that work there. Thank you so much guys! Beth.

Posted by on Nov 4, 2011

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About the Best Western Plus Gateway Hotel Santa Monica

Location 1920 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Property Features

There's a restaurant on site. A computer station is on site and WiFi is free in public spaces. There are 2 meeting rooms available. A 24-hour fitness center, tour/ticket assistance, and multilingual staff are also featured at the business-friendly Best Western Plus Gateway Hotel Santa Monica. Self parking is free. This 3-star Santa Monica hotel is smoke free.

  • 123 guestrooms or units
  • 4 levels
  • Dining venue
  • Dry cleaning
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Computer for guest use
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • Television in lobby
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Property
  • Free WiFi
  • Refrigerator


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking


  • Parking: Free self parking
  • Airport: Los Angeles, CA (LAX-Los Angeles Intl.) (15 km / 9.3 mi)

Room Amenities

Best Western Plus Gateway Hotel Santa Monica offers 123 air-conditioned accommodations with laptop-compatible safes and coffee/tea makers. Beds feature pillowtop mattresses. 42-inch flat-screen televisions come with premium cable channels and pay movies. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. This Santa Monica hotel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and complimentary weekday newspapers, as well as phones; free local calls are provided (restrictions may apply). Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Pillowtop beds
  • Flat-screen television
  • Cable channels
  • Premium channels
  • Movies for purchase
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee maker
  • Shower and tub combination
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Weekday newspapers (free)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Hair dryer
  • Laptop safe
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

Best Western Plus Gateway Hotel Santa Monica has a restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Nearby Activities

A small fitness center, open 24 hours, is on site. Santa Monica Beach, 1.5 miles away, offers popular running and bicycling paths with superb views. The ocean waves are relatively gentle and ideal for body surfing and boogie boarding. Beach volleyball courts, open to the public, are just south of the Pier.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or near the hotel; fees may apply.

  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby


If you need to make special requests for accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when booking your stay.

  • Accessible bathroom

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM
  • Check-in time ends at midnight

Special check-in instructions:

If you are planning to arrive after midnight please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation.

An adult age 18 or older must assume all liability for the booking.


  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Children 17 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.


  • No pets allowed, but service animals are welcome


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

Extra fees may apply for parcel deliveries received by this property. The hotel cannot be held responsible for lost or damaged goods. For more details, please contact the office using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

  • Only service animals are allowed
  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cribs (infant beds) available

Hotel Names

  • Best Western Gateway Hotel
  • Best Western Plus Gateway
  • Best Western Plus Gateway Hotel
  • Best Western Plus Gateway Hotel Santa Monica
  • Best Western Plus Gateway Santa Monica
  • Best Western Plus Santa Monica
  • Best Western Santa Monica Hotel
  • Gateway Hotel Santa Monica
  • Santa Monica Best Western Plus
  • Santa Monica Best Western Plus Gateway
  • Best Western Santa Monica
  • Santa Monica Best Western

You should know

  • Children 17 years old and younger stay free in the same room as the parent or guardian when using existing bedding.
  • Registered guests are the only ones allowed to be in guestrooms.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.