Rated 3 out of 5 by terere2 Truth in Advertising?
We stayed at this hotel a few weeks ago while it was still the Sheraton. In fact, I was very surprised that the property was being rebranded as there was nothing on the site or in my reservation to indicate the change. A small sign by the valet station tipped us off but everything else said 'Sheraton'.
One of the many reasons that I book here is the Club Lounge. This no longer exists and had closed a week prior to the changeover. So, this Sheraton was advertising Club rooms and attendant rates the day I arrived even though there was no lounge. Not good; I would have been upset had I actually paid the higher price for a Club room.
We were provided a very good continental breakfast but nothing for the evening before.
Illy coffee was available in our room and was decent but there were no instructions for the new machine. I got it to work but it was a little messy.
We arrived a little early and hoped to check in before 3 p.m. No such luck; in fact, I received a call about our room being ready after 4 p.m.
Overall, the staff was very friendly and the hotel is comfortable. The only real change between the previous Sheraton and the new Le Meridien is likely the bedding, the coffee and the food. Of course, the prices will be higher for a similar product.
While I am a loyal Platinum guest and will return to this property, I will take a hard look at some of the beachfront options in Santa Monica. I certainly wouldn't pay $400/night for this hotel when there are some great hotels on/near the sand for that price or less.
September 24, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by PLSF Thanks
Unique location since it's walking distance from the beach, but not on the beach... had a view of the local highschool.
That said, the club lounge made up for it with cheap drinks and good snacks in the evening and for breakfast. Also they have daily specials of food in the bar area, which make a quick appetizer a good deal.
Quiet rooms with stocked water bottles, nice bathroom products.
August 6, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by travelgal1969 Wonderful Weekend Stay!
My husband and I stayed here for the weekend. It is a 10-min walk straight down Pico to the beach and then another 5-10 min. walk north to Santa Monica Pier or south to Venice Beach area. I liked our location, the walking gave us our daily exercise!
The only downsides were:
1. There is supposedly a complimentary shuttle to the Pier, but it was broken down (For the convenience of guests, maybe mgmt should consider renting a van?). I personally love to walk, but it would have been a nice option for when my husband was tired of walking to/from the beach.
2. One of the two elevators was broken on both Saturday and Sunday. Minor annoyance.
3. Parking is $25/day. Limited Free self-park spots in garage.
1. Staff is very friendly and very helpful. I personally get annoyed when the front desk staff is 'grumpy/acting annoyed with my questions' when i am checking in - remember that I am on a guest on vacation and don't want to encounter grumpy. DID NOT encounter that at all, from the valet greater to the housekeeping staff - everyone was friendly!
2. Check-in was quick and my early check-in request of 2pm was done. We were given an ocean view room with a very spacious balcony with two lounge chairs. I was able to enjoy the afternoon sun laying out in the privacy of my balcony - very nice.
3. The room is spacious, very clean and the pillows are soft and fluffy. We had a mini fridge and standard coffee maker w/Starbucks coffee. Every morning I was able to catch housekeeping on our floor and they willingly gave me two more coffee packets.
4. Bonus: I asked concierge for help to get reservations at The Lobster that night for 7:45pm (after I called the restaurant direct at 4pm and was told no availability until 9:15pm.) and Andrew was able to get us a table with a view. Thank you very much Andrew!!
Overall, I recommend this hotel and will stay here again on my next visit to Santa Monica (which I hope is soon!)
Room Tip: Ask for an ocean view room - the balconies are larger and the view of the distant ocean/boats is nic...
June 26, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Shypanda Close to beach
The sidewalk outside is under construction so it is hard to walk to the beach, which is 3 blocks away.
The room is nice. It's strange that there is no breakfast buffet.
May 20, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by nick NOT A SMOKE FREE SHERATON
Sent to room 812. TERRIBLE smoke odor. Moved to roon 809....WORSE! Moved again to 811 still smelled of smoke but too tired to move again.
NO ONE KEEPING TRACK OF NO SMOKING POLICY. Also, repairs going on in garage area. No self parking allowed during my visit but rather MUST valet at reduced rate. Why not free valet since hotel's problem ...not mine..not as close to beach as led to believe..
May 12, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by Missy39 Only if you must
The rooms are clean and comfortable, but that is about as nice as it goes. I have traveled all over the world and stay only at SPG properties and this is by far the worst. The staff is sluggish and always busy doing nothing. Checkin took forever, repeatedly had to request laundry to be picked up, food is a joke, not fresh, not visually appeasing and was told to help myself to any jam on any of the tables ..
April 21, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by WineAdvisoryGroup Would Consider Alternatives
Expected a lot more from this place. Needs a face lift. The place is ok, but not up to other places in the area that are also in a better location... at similar price point.
April 7, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by orchardadvisors Nice enough, but not anything spectacular
The hotel has a nice lobby, decent (though small) pool, and rooms are fairly nice. But Sheraton Club is a tiny room with very little room to even eat without others on top of you. Food and drink were not replenished, despite attempts to do so by staff (they just didn't have enough room to keep getting at the food and drinks.) I also am less than satisfied with the service levels: slow check-in, failure to upgrade me in any meaningful manner despite Platinum status, failure of the Guest Services phone attendant to relay my request to bring my car from valet (almost missed my plane due to this) and getting charged for valet parking, even though I wanted to self-park, but the garage was full. (I was told that, in these circumstances, the cost for valet is backed out of a guest's bill, but somehow it still ended up on my folio.)
Most shocking, though, was the staff's sluggish responsiveness to concerns I expressed to the front desk re: frantic screaming (potentially domestic violence) I heard coming from a guest room as I walked by. (I had to keep prodding to get someone to check out the room.) I hope that all was well in that room, but the staff said they really can't intervene in closed-door situations. (Unbelievable !!!) Overall, not a comfortable experience.
April 2, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by MSBJ Pretty hotel
Hotel was nice, but it took some doing to actually get the full ocean view room that I paid for to be guaranteed on Expedia.
Spent a good 20 minutes at check-in to get the damn room
March 31, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by BTP11 Excellent Vacation
Outstanding from check-in to check-out. Concierge service, valet parking, bike rental on-site, pool temperature, everyone on staff was exceptional. Stayed with spouse and 2 teenagers. Everyone loved it. Very clean all around, plenty of seating indoor and outside by pool, etc.
March 28, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by disappointed WAYYYY overpriced
it took 4 trys and 3 hours to find a room that I could sleep in- one room had noise blasting in - one room had hadsmokers in a smoke free room - no screens on doors, no king bed as reserved, bathroom so small one person was almost too much - mold in the tub, no water pressure all for the low low price of $310.00 per night
March 26, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Esther1 This Hotel eptimises true customer care
This hotel is excellent in every sense of the word, the staff have a very high standard of customer care, without being in your face. I will go back and will recommend it to friends.
March 26, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by DrKosmic Long Weekend Stay
A very lovely hotel with great facilities. The room was spacious, with a nice balconey and a very comfortable bed. The fitness room was delightful. The staff was terrific. A convenient location to all the major places in Santa Monica with no problems walking into the downtown area
March 26, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Vision42017 Great West Coast Visit
Upon Check-in DJ did an excellent job making sure my arrival needs were met and that my Platinum rewards benefits were honored in the form of my desired room upgrade. The service staff was attentive and kind. Kevin (Bartender) did an EXCELLENT job making my parents feel at home and providing recommendations of local activities and restaurants. The hotel seems to be going through phased renovations. What has been completed is beautiful and meets my Starwood expectations. While there was construction noise that was disturbing during the day, the staff made sure to appropriately address my concern. I will definitely be staying at this location again!
March 25, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Kansas38 Not as nice as expected.
While our stay was short we found that for almost $600 our room wasn't that great. The beds were very uncomfortable. The jacuzzi was broken and the early check - in but an hour after regular check in time.
March 25, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Daisy10 Always room for improvement
At check in the clerk went on about the really great room they had for us. Then she said it wasn't yet ready. This was at 3p.m. which is check in time. When asked when it would be ready I got a snarky "we're doing the best we can" reply. If not being ready at three is the best its not so great. She then gave us the "identical room on a lower floor." So much for special. We asked for more towels to be sent up, which she said she would take care of immediately. We never got them. As I said, room for improvement. The room however, was clean, roomy and comfortable. I would stay there again. One alert, if you self park. It is first come first served and there's not much space. If you have a space then leave for dinner, you may well have to valet park on your return as there will most likely not be space. Not a huge deal, but a bit annoying anyway. Overall it is a nice place to stay.
March 25, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lovely hotel has great features
Sheraton Delfina Santa Monica Hotel
very Lovely Place, very Kind.
but F&B not good
March 24, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by pppvvv below par
Walls are thin and can hear people talking easily. Waitress brings Ham when I am a vegetarian.
Not recommend it unless they apologize properly.
March 21, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Eck7 Great rooms
First time staying at this location and was surprised how big the rooms where.. I had booked a standard studio room and it was great very homely and massive bathroom. The location of this hotel is great excessable to the promenade and easy to find.
I would highly recommend this hotel and the staff were extremely friendly.
March 21, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Gowithflo8 Terrific stay in Santa Monica California
The Delfina is a wonderful hotel in the Starwood Chain. Great location within walking distance to all the action in Santa Monica. Yes it is a smaller property but great service and attentive staff. I would highly recommend this hotel if you need to be in this particular area of Los Angeles.
March 21, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by wookie Great amenities and service
Service was exceptional at reception, the bar area and snack bar. Room service was prompt, and food was hot and delicious
March 18, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by jl22 Inconvenienced
I was in town for a family wedding and a water pipe burst a few floors down so we had to change rooms. After waiting for a few hours and missing out on some events for the weekend the room that we were put into was not a preferred guest room. The crib for our infant barely fit after we moved around the furniture and had to placed right up against the balcony door making that unusable. The closet was tiny and our luggage so we had to scatter our luggage out in the room. And our old room was near family who was helping us with the baby and our new room was not.
March 15, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by MattC Hotel needs work
As a preferred guest, I chose free Wifi as my welcome gift. It was a complete waste of money as the in room service was terrible. I was told they might have an ethernet cord to make it usable, but none was available.
The TV screen flashed black for a split second about 15 times a minute.
The shower pressure was awful and would occasionally get worse (maybe when a neighboring room flushed??).
Even the toilet was barely functional as you had to depress the handle for several seconds for the flush to complete.
March 11, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Cristian My stay at Sheraton
We stayed at Sheraton this past weekend. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone reading my review. It was very central to downtown santa Monica as well close by the airport. Staff at Sheraton delfina were extremely friendly as well were able to assist with recommendations of local restaurants and activities while in santa Monica. We definitely will be returning to this location soon.
March 6, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by jchiguy1 Stylish and Comfortable
This hotel is nicely renovated, with lovely public spaces, clean, stylish, comfortable rooms and excellent, attentive service. Valet parking is especially notable. Location is fantastic. Good Platinum recognition.
The only real negatives are the gym, which lacks sufficient weight equipment and the Club Lounge, which is way too small for the size of the hotel and inconveniently located off the pool. It was also out of Diet Coke for the entire length of our four night stay. Other than those relatively minor details the hotel is highly recommended.
March 6, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by rapattack Loud Lobby
The lobby could get kind of loud so if you're there on a business trip keep this in mind. Especially if you stay on on the 1st or 2nd floor.
March 4, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by Zwizzer Need mgmt on grounds
This spg platinum experience was one of the worst service experience I have evr had at a Starwood property. Inexperienced, obsequious young staff ...left alone on a Saturday night.
March 4, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Neko Great Staff
This hotel has exceptional staff, they were prompt, freindly and ready to meet my every need. It is 4 blocks from the ocean and an easy walk to enjoy the great shoreline of Santa Monica.
March 1, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by CindyN Great location
Very convient to beach and shopping
February 26, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Noel10 Hotel Expectation
This hotel was better than I expected and one of the best hotels I been to and will reccomend it to everyone
February 25, 2013