If your destination is Los Angeles, Santa Monica is a great choice for lodging. Of course, depending on your budget, boutique hotels vary drastically in price. The larger chain hotels will allow for beautiful views such as the Loews Hotel Santa Monica, the Shoreline, or the Viceroy Hotel.

However, if money is an issue, head to the east side of Santa Monica. The Travelodge offers wonderful accommodations at a much lower price. Some rooms come with a kitchenette. With Trader Joe’s just a short walk away on Pico Boulevard, you can enjoy some quick ready-to-cook meals. Also in walking distance is a beautiful upscale restaurant called the Upper West. Enjoy the Marinated Flat Iron Steak or Chicken Tawook (two of my personal favorites).

photo by Kathy Leonardo (courtesy of ETG)

Be aware – Santa Monica is a NO smoking city. Yes, you heard me right…you can smoke in other areas of LA, but not in SM….so smoking is not allowed AND that includes e-cigarettes. This hotel also offers three ADA Accessible rooms.

Find out more about the Travelodge-Santa Monica on the website – http://www.travelodgesantamonica.com/

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