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( Oceana Santa Monica )
Oceana Santa Monica
849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica; (800) 777-0758, (310) 393-0486, www.hoteloceanasantamonica.com
The 70-room Oceana doesn't even look like a hotel. Only the valet parking sign on Ocean Avenue hints that the pristine, butter-yellow building isn't a luxury condominium with a doorman. The neighbors are actually locals, habitués of nearby Montana Avenue, Palisades Park and the Third Street Promenade. The Pacific Ocean is their front yard, playground, personal walking path and fashion promenade.
The Oceana story begins immediately in what might be called a lobby, although the shelves of leather-bound books and low, dark desks suggest a library. It looks out onto a pool surrounded by lounge chairs, potted plants, a fireplace and fountain.
-- Valli Herman
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