All the best of Santa Monica is a short walk from this charming landmark apartment: the ocean, 3rd St. Promenade and Montana Ave. Plus it's a 1-bus ride to Malibu, LAX, Downtown LA, Hollywood and UCLA.
There is nothing commonplace about my space. The decor exudes my love of travel. It's comfortable, colorful, beautiful and airy. You'll be ready to explore the sights after a good night's sleep on the queen size bed. (Note: see photo of the queen size futon in the living room, available for only $50/night.) I love that the temperature is practically perfect year round in Santa Monica. This apartment has high ceilings and lots of windows to bless it with fresh ocean breezes.
I have a wide variety of teas to help you start your day. But one of the best parts of visiting Santa Monica is breakfast at Marmalade, just up Montana Avenue, which I like to call "Beverly Hills for locals." You can order whatever your heart desires, while chatting with locals at the community table. We can discuss expanding the kitchen situation if you plan to stay longer than a week.
Interaction with Guests
I'm a quiet and private person, and I respect my guests' privacy. But it is nice sometimes to share stories and raise the occasional glass of fine California cabernet... or perhaps a pinot. Je parle un petit peu Francais und ein bisschen Deutch and appreciate opportunities to practice.
What I love best about living in Los Angeles County is not the red carpet galas or sitting next to Mel Brooks or Robert Downey, Jr. at my neighborhood coffee shop (though that does happen fairly often). I love the easy access to amazing wilderness trails. I'm an enthusiastic hiker, and one of my favorite trails (including a 4 tiered waterfall) is just up the road in Malibu, and you can actually take a bus there from downtown Santa Monica! I adore sharing this precious natural gem with my guests. There are shops in the neighborhood where you can rent a bike by the day or week. There's nothing I love so much as taking my guests up to my favorite mountain trail.
One more thing, I just want you to know how delightful it's been for me, making space in my home for friends from all over the world.
Many hosts play a "loss leader" game with potential guests, listing someplace inexpensive, which is curiously never available. Rest assured, I play no such games. I have one place to offer, and the prices listed are reliable.
Now, back to how wonderful it is. I love that I can walk to everything! If you're heading to events at Santa Monica's 5 Star hotels or the Santa Monica Convention Center, they're all within strolling distance. There are both live theatres and movie houses close by, including my favorite, the Aero Theatre, where you can see both classic movies (with live appearances by the stars or filmmakers) and new indie films. My street is so sunny, and strolling Montana Ave. is always both calming and invigorating. Hmmm, I think it's time for a walk.
Schedule permitting, I'm happy to do a personalized airport run for you in my little roadster -- $25 each way. Top down, top up, your call.
4 blocks from the Santa Monica #3 bus, for easy access to and from LAX and UCLA.
To take the bus here from LAX ($1): when you exit baggage claim, ask an airport employee where to catch the "Lot C" shuttle. Then ask the shuttle driver to show you where to catch the #3 Santa Monica Big Blue Bus. (Exit shuttle outside the parking lot gate, then a short walk to the end of the block.)
My apt. is 3 blocks from the Santa Monica #9, if you want to venture up to Pacific Palisades.
3 blocks from Wilshire Blvd., where you can grab a bus to downtown LA, Beverly Hills or the LA County Museums. 2 blocks more to Santa Monica Blvd., for buses going to Hollywood or Malibu.
Taxis are also plentiful in downtown Santa Monica, and car rental agencies are also nearby.
Other Things to Note
Dear European Sisters:
So many of you have tried to bargain down the price. My rate is well below airbnb's suggested price. Ladies please, do yourselves a favor and be more considerate of your hosts.
The Golden Rule - do unto others' stuff (for example, mine) as you would have others do unto your stuff. Be clean and reasonably orderly, treat the apartment and my things with respect, and we'll get along great. Shoes come off at the door, please. Do not invite over strangers.
The place was very convenient, close to the beach and the third street promenade. Not far away bus ride from the mountains near by, recommended for hiking. The room was spacious and very clean. Ariel was a great host, easy to get on with, charismatic and captivating. She went out of her way to help me find the place when I first arrived, which made me feel welcomed. Ariel also recommended good places to dine and explore, which was extremely helpful since it's my first time in Santa Monica. I really appreciated all the help and advice. Perfect host!!!
Had a lovely stay with Ariel.
Very hospitable and a great source of knowedge for the local area.
Would defintly stay with Ariel again when in town.
I visited Santa Monica for Los Angeles Marathon a couple weeks agos, I wanted to feel home there and trust me, I felt that way.
Ariel is a great host, sweet and welcoming; she made my experience there like being back in my city.
Please stay with Ariel, the house is very near to the beach, neighborhod is beautiful and extremely well connected with bus and relevant street such as Wilshire or Santa Monica Blvd
I loved the location and my hostess. She was very helpful and kind and a wonderful conversationalist
Highly recommend this airbnb
I'm sorry I couldn't spend more time with Ariel, but the time I did spend was great! The location is ideal for access to all that Santa Monica has to offer without being in the thick of things.
Ariel was extremely accommodating in allowing me to book for the next day after some problems with my former accommodation. The room is clean and comfortable, and Ariel was always on hand for advice on what to do during my stay, or to have a conversation. Thanks so much!
Ariel was delightful, easy to talk with and full of local information. Her apartment is very close to the water and close to great local restaurants. The bed was very comfortable, the room was quiet and I felt welcome.
I would recommend Ariel's place to some one that is looking for a nice place at a great price.
Thank you Ariel!