Santa Monica Hotels
I stayed at the Holiday Inn at the Pier...which I was expecting to be average because it is quite cheap but it was great! So close to the water, and a really nice room.
I just googled it and it is now owned by a different company so im not sure if the prices have increased, but it's still worth a look http://www.hisantamonicahotel.com/
120 COLORADO AVENUE
SANTA MONICA, CA 90401 about 7 years ago