Best Rooms: Rooms ending in *01 - *04 on floors 5 - 8 are the Ocean View Queen or Ocean View Suites, offering the best views of the ocean (e.g. 502, 704, 803). These rooms are subject to high traffic street noise though, as they face Ocean Ave.
Best Rooms: You'll find great views of the ocean from rooms facing Ocean Ave. on floors 3 - 4.
4 star hotel
Area: Downtown Santa Monica
0.37 mi from Santa Monica Place
Best Rooms: For a great view, ask for a room facing the Santa Monica Pier. At night the electric light show on the Ferris Wheel at the pier is visible. Despite floor 4 being the ground level of the hotel, rooms on the floors lower than 4 still have a great view of the ocean.
5 star hotel
Area: Wilshire Montana
0.38 mi from Santa Monica Place
Best Rooms: For the best views, choose a Deluxe King room in the Ocean Tower; these rooms are only on the higher floors and will give great ocean views, along with balconies. For a bit less than the Deluxe King, you can stay in a Fairmont King on floors 2 - 5, and still get a partial ocean view.
3.5 star hotel
Area: Marina del Rey, Marina del Rey
3.03 mi from Santa Monica Place
Best Rooms: Rooms at the front of the hotel on all floors offer a beautiful view of the marina.
3.5 star hotel
Area: Marina del Rey, Los Angeles
3.60 mi from Santa Monica Place
Best Rooms: Most views are obstructed by surrounding buildings, so your best option is to request a room facing the pool and courtyard on any floor.