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Accommodations
The Ambrose Hotel
1225 20th St., Santa Monica (310)315-1555
http://www.ambrosehotel.com
$199+tx  free parking, free continental breakfast from Urth Cafe. Free wireless. No Pool. Kids OK. 20 blocks from the beach. Free London taxi when available to run you to the Promenade or the beach & back. Eco-friendly green hotel.

Comfort Inn Santa Monica
2815 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica 90404 (310)828-5517
~$139-149 per night. 26 blocks from the beach, free continental breakfast, free parking, pool. Plenty of bus availability to the beach (~2 miles), $1.75 for a 15-min. bus trip.

There also is a Days Inn for about $135/night, it didn’t look as nice as the Comfort Inn: 3007 Santa Monica Blvd. 
Holiday Inn SM Beach at the Pier
120 Colorado, SM, 90401  (310)451-0676
$279-89. Right at the water in the center
 of the action.
DoubleTree suites
1707 4th Street, Santa Monica 90401
(310)395-3332
two-room suites from $259-289+tx. 
Near convention center
http://www.doubletree.com
Shutters on the Beach luxury!
One Pico Blvd., Santa Monica CA 90405 (310)458-0030
$480-$635+tx, depending on view. Right on
the beach! www.shuttersonthebeach.com
If these locations don't work for 
you, here are some tips 
on choosing an alternate option:
•The Third Street Promenade is roughly bordered by Colorado Ave, Wilshire Ave, Ocean Ave, and 7th Street. 

•In Venice, you want to be near Santa Monica Main Street, btw. Ocean Park/Rose. Main Street is 1 block from the ocean.

•During the summer high season, rates are $270-500 (+tx / parking) for prime locations near the Promenade. There are less expensive hotels further out. 

•Santa Monica/Venice has a great public transit system called the Big Blue Bus, but you'll still probably want a car to do anything else in LA, especially to get to Malibu (or you can carpool or take a car service!). Bus info at http://mta.net

• If you would prefer to stay in Hollywood, you might try hotels near Hollywood&Highland, such as: 
Renaissance Hollywood, 1755 N. Highland Ave, 90028. (323)856-1200 $219-306.

• You can fly into LAX. Bob Hope/Burbank BUR airport or Long Beach also are a possibility, but are ~35 mins further away from Santa Monica (BUR is VERY close to Hollywood). http://www.ambrosehotel.comhttp://www.doubletree.com/en/dt/hotels/index.jhtml?ctyhocn=SMOPCDThttp://www.shuttersonthebeach.comhttp://mta.netshapeimage_3_link_0shapeimage_3_link_1shapeimage_3_link_2shapeimage_3_link_3
 
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