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Huntley Santa Monica Beach Hotel Review: This intimate residential tower is set amidst quaint seaside apartment buildings and cottages just blocks from the sea cliffs above the Santa Monica Beach and Pier. When it comes to location, you won't find any better, as it's also mere steps from the Third Street Promenade, a five-block strip of boutiques, cinemas, restaurants, cafés and bars. This property is a favorite with business travelers averse to the generic, but who can't afford the posh digs closer to the beach. The intimate lobby blends old-fashioned design with a casual, California vibe. Guest room windows frame the ocean, the city and the Santa Monica Mountains in the north, while atop it all sits The Penthouse, a dreamlike white-on-white restaurant and lounge with spectacular views.