By Candacee White
Santa Monica
California
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The city of Santa Monica lies on the coast of southern California, surrounded by the city of Los Angeles. Many would confuse Santa Monica for just another neighborhood of L.A., but with its recent economic and commercial boom, Santa Monica has become better known as a resort town, an oasis in the midst of bustling L.A.
   
EscapeWizard.com invites you to visit Santa Monica, California. Although the city does have a small airport, visitors coming via commercial aircraft must fly into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), just 6 miles south of Santa Monica. Book your flight to LAX through EscapeWizard.com: To do so, please follow the link to make flight arrangements (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php).You can even use EscapeWizard.com to book your hotel stay by following the link to the hotel portion of our website (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl). Our top selection in Santa Monica is the Holiday Inn, and we highly recommend staying in this location.
   
Living up to its reputation as a resort-style town, Santa Monica has a variety of leisure activities available that accommodate the whole family. EscapeWizard.com recommends you begin your tour with a walk on Santa Monica beach. The beach stretches for several miles, and has workout equipment for those who want to show off their muscles for passers-by. Walking south, you will encounter busy Venice beach in just a matter of minutes.
   
From anywhere along the beach, the famous Santa Monica Pier is visible. The pier is like a fair ground jutting out into the ocean, with rides, games, shops and fair food all in full swing almost every day. There are a few seafood restaurants and bars, but none too many to take away from the circus-like feel in the atmosphere. The Hippodrome carousel is a historic landmark, and a symbol of Santa Monica's resort status. EscapeWizard.com encourages a trip to the Pier, for the family-style fun and for the great view of Santa Monica and L.A. from out in the water.
   
What's a resort without shopping? EscapeWizard.com can ensure a shopper's paradise in downtown Santa Monica's 3rd street promenade.  No cars are allowed down 3rd street for the 3 blocks between Wilshire and Broadway, to accommodate the constant throng of shoppers, street performers and restaurant goers. Most major brands and some lesser known can be found between these blocks, and unique vintage, consignment or specialty shops can be found in the surrounding areas beyond the promenade. A recently re-opened mall marks the Broadway end of the shopping corridor, called Santa Monica Place.
   
If you find you've explored every nook and cranny of the Santa Monica coast and shopping areas, EscapeWizard.com invites you to move inland, and see the Santa Monica Museum of Art. The Museum carries a variety of different exhibitions, and costs only $5 to enter. The Museum also hosts discussions, film viewings and other special programs. Check out their calendar for more information on what is available during your trip. (http://smmoa.org/index.php/calendar/show/2011/01)
   
If you are looking for warm weather, beaches, shopping and fun without the business and traffic of Los Angeles, Santa Monica is just the place to go. Most of Santa Monica's attractions are within walking distance of local hotels, and there are many bus routes from San Monica to the surrounding neighborhoods of Los Angeles. Use EscapeWizard.com to help you book your vacation to Santa Monica today.
Hotels in Santa Monica
By D. Gregory Perrin
DoubleTree by Hilton
1707 Fourth Street, Santa Monica, CA
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Santa Monica, California is known for its fun and sun on the beach. During your stay in the city, look no further than the DoubleTree by Hilton Guest Suites Hotel for your lodging needs. The hotel is located only a few blocks from the beach and Santa Monica Pier, which makes it very convenient. This hotel, with 253 suites, is located only 20 minutes from the Los Angeles International Airport. Check-in at the hotel is at 3 p.m. or after on the day of arrival into Santa Monica. Guests who need cash can use the ATM in the lobby.

There are numerous selections of suites to pick from in the hotel; all include either 1 king or 2 double bed rooms. The other options include ocean view balcony, Jacuzzi, among others. The rooms come with a 42 inch color television with a full cable package that includes HBO. Movies loves can feel at ease, as the DoubleTree by Hilton offers pay per view movies for purchase in each room. There is high speed internet access available in each room but you should check at the desk to see if there are applicable fees. The thermostat in the room is adjustable so you can set your room to the temperature that makes you most comfortable.

This hotel also has other features for its guests. There is a swimming pool for guests to swim or relax in, which is perfect in the evenings to cool off after a long day. DoubleTree by Hilton in Santa Monica also has a fitness room so guests can stay on top of their normal workout regime.

In the morning, you can wake up at your leisure or to the wake up call you requested the night before. There is a USA Today paper available to each guest Monday thru Friday so you can keep up to date on the news. Then, check out of the hotel is at 12 p.m. on the day of your departure from the hotel. EscapeWizard.com knows you will not be disappointed, and encourages you to click here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to book your stay with DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Monica.
Hotels in Santa Monica
By D. Gregory Perrin
Wydham
120 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, CA
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During your next stay in Santa Monica, California there is no better hotel to stay in than the Wydham (formally the Holiday Inn on Colorado Avenue) which is right beside the famous Santa Monica Pier. The hotel is only a 20 minute drive from LAX International Airport. The 132 guestrooms of the hotel on 6 floors and there are 6 executive king rooms. Guests can check into the hotel at 4 p.m. or as soon as the rooms are ready and often times, rooms are ready before the appointed check-in time. Check-out from the hotel is at 11 a.m. on the day of departure.

Rooms of the hotel have an option between 1 king size bed or 2 double size beds. There a 32 inch flat screen color television with full cable package. The hotel also offers complimentary high speed internet service. And there is an in room safe for guests to store their valuables. There is a coffee maker in each room to make guests their warm cup of java. Also there is a miniature refrigerator upon request from guests. And finally, guests can take advantage of the “Forgot Something” supplies program offered by the hotel where guests can purchase items that they might have left at home.

The Wydham is excellent for business people who are traveling. They have a 24-hour business center that can accommodate all of your needs. The hotel also has a 320 square foot boardroom for meetings to take place when needed.

Overall, the Wydham Santa Monica on the Pier is an outstanding hotel to stay in while in the city. It’s proximity to the beach (literally 30 feet away) make it the perfect choice. EscapeWizard.com invites you to book your stay today (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Santa Monica
By Krystal Bradbury
Le Meridien Delfina Santa Monica
530 Pico Boulevard Santa Monica, CA
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Le Meridien Delfina Santa Monica is located just blocks from the breathtaking shoreline, and about a fifteen-minute stroll from downtown Santa Monica.  The Third Street Promenade offers a variety of entertainment, fine dining, and shopping less than a mile away.  Guests have easy access to the Pacific Coast Highway, and Santa Monica Freeway, making Beverly Hills, and downtown Los Angeles a short drive away. 
   
Guest check-in is at 3 p.m., and luggage storage is available.  Both self, and valet parking are also available with a small fee.  Le Meridien Delfina offers several guest services, including childcare, and laundry services, as well as arranging outdoor, and water activities upon request.  Casual breakfasts can be enjoyed at Zest Kitchen and Bar on-site, and for lunch, dinner, or cocktails, Longitude Bar and Restaurant remains open until midnight.
     
Le Meridien Delfina offers over 310 smoke-free rooms, and suites, including a King Suite with Queen sofa bed, and an outdoor hot tub.  Rooms include King, Queen, or two Queen beds, a private balcony offering stunning views, and high-speed Internet access.  All rooms are equipped with LCD TVs, and many also include an Illy coffee maker. 
   
The beach nearby is the perfect place for activities like surfing, parasailing, rollerblading, golf, and many others, which can be easily arranged by the friendly, and knowledgeable staff.  On the premises, guests can enjoy a large fitness center with weights, and cardiovascular equipment 24 hours a day, or relax by the beautiful outdoor heated pool.
   
Check out is at 12 p.m., allowing plenty of time for guests to enjoy their morning, and prepare for departure.  Le Meridien Delfina Santa Monica overlooks Santa Monica, the mountains, and the Pacific Ocean for a spectacular setting, and combined with their high standards of service, is the perfect choice for business trips, or a leisurely getaway.  Book easily with EscapeWizard.com and get the best rates on the luxurious accommodations at Le Meridien Delfina (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).