Santa Monica Proper Hotel

Santa Monica, Los Angeles

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The hotel

A luxury hotel in the heart of the city combining modern features with contemporary on-of-a-kind design, the Proper Hotel Santa Monica is a proper treat. The rooftop pool is the only one you’ll find in the area, so nab a sunbed or treat yourself to an alcove for the day for that added relaxation – no need to move, just have your drinks and food delivered to you, they’ll even supply the suncream, you’ll need it on those summer days. The hotel may not be situated on the coastal front, but it positions you in great proximity to bars and restaurants, and the local farmers market which is a must visit. You’ll feel more of a local in this hangout, a step away from the obvious tourist spots. When you do want to visit the beach (who wouldn’t?!), it’s only a short stroll away, or hop on an eLECTRA bike to get you there even quicker. Of course, Santa Monica has plenty of trendy restaurants to visit, but the hotel have got some fantastic offerings of their own, chill out in Palma when you need a break from the hot weather or a late night apertif. Or if you want to soak up those rays with a chilled drink in hand then Calabra offers fantastic poolside views, with a sushi menu available Thursday – Sunday for those sashimi lovers. 

Amenities

  • Bicycle Rental
  • Yoga
  • Bar
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Service
  • Restaurant
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Valet parking

Where is it

Located on Wilshire Boulevard, in the heart of the city, just a 10 minute stroll from the beach, and 1 mile from Santa Monica Pier. 

Hotel information

267 rooms and suites, all with floor-to-ceiling windows, air-conditioning, HDTV with Apple TV, blackout shades, premium WiFi access (included in resort fee), Nespresso coffee machine, bathrobes, Aesop bathroom amenities, Bluetooth speaker, hairdryer, in-room safe, and fabric steamer. 

Deluxe Rooms with 1 king-size bed or 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults.

Landmark Deluxe Rooms are located in a re-imagined 1920’s building, with 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults

Deluxe Balcony Rooms with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Premier Rooms are larger in size, with 1 king-size bed or 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults.

Landmark Premier Rooms are located in a re-imagined 1920’s building, with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Premier Balcony Rooms with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Calabra Rooftop (serving fresh Mediterranean and Californian cuisine, open for brunch, light bites, dinner, and drinks, with an additional Sushi menu available Thurs-Sun). Palma (Lobby lounge serving a casual food menu, and a wide selection of drinks throughout the day). 

Regular live music and DJ sets.

Rooftop swimming pool. Poolside alcove rentals*. 24-hour fitness centre. Surya Spa*. Bicycle rental. Complimentary weekly yoga and bootcamp classes.

Complimentary WiFi access. Laundry service*. Concierge. 

There is a resort fee of $35 plus tax, per room per night (payable locally, fee subject to change). 

Resort fee includes:- Premium WiFi access throughout the property – Bottled water, replenished daily – eLECTRA bike rentals (subject to availability) – Access to rooftop pool – In-room Nespresso machine – In-room fabric steamer. Resort fee and inclusions are subject to change. 

*Denotes local charge. 

Rating summary

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Always a lovely stay

Aug 16, 2022 cocohakim

Everything about The SM Proper makes me want to come back. Rooms are always very clean and well maintained. The lobby is such a beautiful place to enjoy coffee, dinner, or a glass of wine. Kelly Wearstler did an amazing job layering textures and fabrics to create an experience that exudes effortless cool.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Sweet hotel with awesome rooftop

Aug 13, 2022 DRPBob Hong Kong, China

I had a great stay at this beautiful hotel and will definitely be back. Will also check out other Proper Hotels. Everything was great. Loved the room. The gym was a bit small but had a good selection of machines and free weights and works well for a short stay. The rooftop was the highlight with amazing views and great food and drinks in the… Read more
I had a great stay at this beautiful hotel and will definitely be back. Will also check out other Proper Hotels. Everything was great. Loved the room. The gym was a bit small but had a good selection of machines and free weights and works well for a short stay. The rooftop was the highlight with amazing views and great food and drinks in the outdoor restaurant/bar. It’s a popular spot, so booking is advised. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great design, poor service

Aug 8, 2022 norami Bruxelles, Belgio

The design is great and so are the Aesop amenities in the bedroom but there is a clear problem with service, which is inconsistent. We stayed 4 nights, some times we were greeted or acknowledged when entering or exiting the hotel, some others completely ignored. As someone else remarked, it often felt like we were interrupting the staff’s hangout.… Read more
The design is great and so are the Aesop amenities in the bedroom but there is a clear problem with service, which is inconsistent. We stayed 4 nights, some times we were greeted or acknowledged when entering or exiting the hotel, some others completely ignored. As someone else remarked, it often felt like we were interrupting the staff’s hangout. Coffee cups were removed from our bedroom and never returned. When we asked for them, we were sent two huge cups after 45 minutes. Once we used them, we never received clean coffee cups again. Same for the lovely waffle cotton bathrobes. Once used, they were never replaced. One night we went for a drink on the (lovely) rooftop bar and 10 minutes passed before a waitress acknowledged us. We asked for a menu, which never arrived. Another ten minutes later (we had been sitting now for over 20’) the hostess arrived without the menu (she said that was not her job, to bring the menu) asking us our room number and our name before disappearing. We then had to ask a second time for a menu before a waitress finally brought it. This shouldn’t happen in a 5* hotel and frankly it has never happened to me in other establishment of this level. Maybe it has to do with the difficulty of recruiting after Covid but it feels like the service side is not under control at all. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Excellent hotel and customer service

Aug 8, 2022 Wbfish17 Wilmington, North Carolina

Absolutely fabulous stay! Hotel is located right off Wilshire, easy walk to beach and Santa Monica pier but no need to venture out of the Proper. The decor of this hotel is amazing, creates a calming effect when you walk in, arch’s, comfy sitting areas. Rooms are well throughout and the bathroom and shower amazing! The minute you pull up to… Read more
Absolutely fabulous stay! Hotel is located right off Wilshire, easy walk to beach and Santa Monica pier but no need to venture out of the Proper. The decor of this hotel is amazing, creates a calming effect when you walk in, arch’s, comfy sitting areas. Rooms are well throughout and the bathroom and shower amazing! The minute you pull up to valet, everyone is so welcoming. Dora at the front desk was amazing at check in and check out. Dora thank you for my upgrade to room with a balcony, the sunsets and sunrises were epic. The hotel has 2 fabulous restaurants. I enjoyed 2 watermelon mezcal margaritas while waiting for my room, the service was excellent. Sunday brunch the avocado toast downstairs was the best ever! The rooftop restaurant has amazing drinks and dinner and great views of the surrounding area. Weekends on the rooftop are a little too crowded, Sunday evenings are excellent for dining. Surya the spa connected to the hotel is amazing. So many excellent things to say about this hotel and I apologize for not remembering all the excellent staff names as customer service was amazing. Counting down the weeks until I can go back along with checking out The Proper hotel in Texas. Dora, thank you for making my quiet weekend amazing with the room upgrade and excellent service by all. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Beauty & comfort

Aug 8, 2022 S4087GQborisl North Brabant Province, The Netherlands

Great rooms. The rooms and the hotel have an amazing design. But it's not just looks, everything works great and the hotel is super comfortable. Hotel staff is great and offers perfect services. We loved riding the hotel-bikes along the beach, but also relaxing by the pool with some drinks was good family fun. Oh, and great food!