Comfort Inn, Santa Monica
It’s a Comfort Inn so you know what you’re getting here - it’s a good basic hotel that’s far enough away from the beach if that’s not your thing but not so far that it can’t be reached by foot (although expect a half hour walk).
Complementary continental breakfast and free internet access are always welcome, and sadly (yet again!) I didn’t get a chance to try out the outdoor heated pool - but it certainly looked inviting.
Although it’s another chain motel it is perfectly located, being slap-bang on Route 66, which helps silence the voice inside that’s trying to tell you you’re not being true to the spirit of driving Route 66!