Choice Hotels International always provided me with exceptional luxury so its no wonder I stay at their hotels. I booked a room at their Santa Monica hotel when I needed a few days off work last month.

Right from the start the hotel seemed like a true refuge to me. I was taken aback by the amazing ocean view and great facilities. I was looking for a budget friendly hotel and this is one of them, but you get way more than what you pay for. I got a warm breakfast delivered to my room every morning, for as long as I stayed. The resort has a Spanish architectural style, meaning the rooms are relaxing and comfortable. If you travel by car you will probably enjoy the free parking.

One thing I was afraid of was a lack of Internet access. That wasn’t the case as I had free wifi everywhere in the hotel. This was very convenient for me because I was able to keep in touch with family. The hotel is really close to the beach so you can go swimming anytime. I don’t like to swim in the ocean so I went to the pool which is fabulous. Large, deep, and it even has a heating system.

The staff is very well trained and they truly made me feel like home. They were always smiling and ready to answer any questions I had. You can also check-out late if you need to because the options are flexible.

Santa Monica is always sunny so I spent most of my time out shopping. There are many shopping malls just a short walk away. I ate at the restaurants in the neighbourhood and loved the atmosphere. This hotel offered everything for me to spend some nice days in Santa Monica.