Hotel Name: Le Meridien Delfina (as Sheraton Delfina)
Location: Santa Monica, CA
*At review time, this hotel was a Sheraton Hotel. While many amenities have changed, rooms and decor nearly the same.
The Room(s): This “Cabana Room” might have been a little larger than some of the standard rooms at this hotel but that’s really it’s only “extra”. This room also has the disadvantage of being on the first floor so that neighboring buildings can keep the sun from getting in…ever. You’ve got a sliding door that leads out onto what’s best described as the “sun-chair parking lot”, although you could arrange things a little to make your own patio. But still, You wouldn’t see much in the way of sunshine.
The room’s decor is updated and the furniture is comfortable and practical. The sweet-sleeper bed is good for a hard day of Ski-Ball at the Santa Monica pier and the desk is desk-shaped so it’s easy to work, blog, social-network or jot down notes for your next Oprah book club meeting. The washroom is clean and very basic with good counter space and a standard shower/bath combo (please don’t use the bath…eww).
Service: – Front desk staff were very friendly and helpful but I take issue with being told that I’ve been “upgraded” to a ground floor, sunless room with a fancier name. – Room service was friendly but took over an hour to bring my food and were far less than apologetic when it finally did come. – Valet is usually pretty good here but it can get hectic. There’s a complimentary self-park option but the garage is tiny, so beware of scratches and dings.
Perks: Sheraton brings no-frills without being cheap. There’s nothing special here, but its the good kind of nothing special.
Location: The hotel is almost hidden along Pico Blvd in Santa Monica. If you’re not driving, there will be some walking involved in getting to Santa Monica shopping, dining and the beach.
Overall: A good choice if you want to be in or around Santa Monica. It’s a higher-end budget hotel. The room, pool area, lobby and bar were all updated and staff was (more often than not) helpful and friendly.
Rating: 3 Hops (out of 5)
The Deal-How I got it: Used Starwood Preferred Guest points & cash option offered at Starwood’s site. This option is a great deal if it’s offered for your stay but is unlikely to be available during peak times. You can earn points by staying at Starwood Hotels or by using a their co-branded American Express Card.