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The Guide to Luxury Car Rentals in Santa Monica

A luxury car rental in Santa Monica is a fun way to treat yourself. The gorgeous year-round weather, miles of scenic oceanside highway, and the see-and-be-seen culture make it the perfect place to cruise around town in an eye-catching luxury or exotic ride. Of course, not all car rental companies carry luxury and exotic inventory, so there are some insider tricks to finding the ones that cater more to high-end clientele. Here’s a quick guide if you’re in the market for a ritzy rental in Santa Monica.

Can I rent a luxury car in Santa Monica?

Yes, in fact, Santa Monica might be THE place to rent a luxury car. Half the fun of staying here is cruising up the Pacific Coast Highway with the windows down and the ocean breeze blowing through your hair. And at night, wind your way down Sunset Boulevard through Beverly Hills and Hollywood.

Here’s a pro tip: instead of trying to make arrangements for a luxury car rental yourself, try asking your hotel to do it for you. Not only will it save you time and hassle, it might even save you some money. Many of the more upscale hotels in Santa Monica work with specialty rental car outlets on a regular basis. And sometimes the rental company will offer a better price through the hotel than to an individual customer making the arrangements themselves. Plus, if you’ve got your heart set on a particular vehicle, your hotel concierge is more likely to know which luxury rental companies in the area carry that make and model. 

And let’s face it — Santa Monica is a city full of big names and high-rollers, so there are many rental car companies that cater specifically to niche clientele looking to tool around in luxury vehicles. Such companies generally offer personalized concierge service, meaning you won’t have to waste time standing in line waiting to pick up your keys. Rather, the rental company will drop off and pick up your vehicle whenever and wherever you please — your hotel, the airport, etc. Just say the word, and your luxury ride will be delivered to you with all the bells and whistles of white glove service (because hey, everyone deserves to feel like a celebrity now and then, right?). Chauffeur service is always an option, too, and is especially nice for out-of-towners who’d rather drink in the scenery and a bottle of bubbly than navigate L.A. traffic.

Can I rent an exotic car in Santa Monica?

Yes, Santa Monica is one of the few places in the world where you can probably rent the exact exotic car atop your dream list. From Ferraris to Bentleys, you can enjoy a high-end ride for your high-end vacation. At Hotel Oceana, we’ve even seen guests surprise a loved one by renting them that exotic car they’ve always dreamt of driving. It’s fun to watch a jaw drop when a rockstar ride pulls up to the hotel and a guest is handed the keys.

Whether you’re looking to cruise the PCH in a Bugatti, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Maserati, McLaren, Rolls-Royce, Maybach, Porsche, Bentley, Aston Martin, or just about any other exotic make you can think of, you’re likely to find it for rent here in Santa Monica. All of the premium hotels in the area should have a concierge happy to make your exotic car reservations. Just call the concierge after you make your booking, and tell them what kind of vehicle you’re looking to rent during your stay.

How much does it cost to rent a luxury or exotic car in Santa Monica?

The cost of renting a luxury or exotic car in Santa Monica will of course depend on what type of vehicle you’re renting, how long you’re renting it, and whether you want add-ons like chauffeur service, limousine bottle service, etc. It may also depend on the time of year, any mileage restrictions, and of course, the demand and availability of a specific model. 

The cost of renting a luxury or exotic car in Santa Monica varies greatly. For example, your average daily price for renting a Mercedes-Benz can be as low as $70/day for the more basic models, up to about $500/day for the higher-end models. If you’re looking for a short-term experience in one of the most expensive cars in the world, you can rent something like a Bugatti Veyron for about $1,000 an hour, with an added destination fee and a prior security deposit. But whether you’re looking to rent a luxury or exotic car for a week or an hour, there are all kinds of ways to structure your rental to suit your individual needs. 

How to rent a luxury or exotic car in Santa Monica

If you’re visiting or vacationing in Santa Monica, first try to have the staff at your hotel make your car rental arrangements for you. Most upscale hotels in the area will have existing relationships with specialty car rental companies. They will therefore be more well-equipped to find what you’re looking for at the best price and terms possible. 

If you’re a local who wants to rent a head-turning ride for a special occasion or a weekend jaunt, feel free to shop around online for the car you want, but always call the rental company personally to make your reservation. Some companies offer specials by phone only. And even if they’re not advertising specials, you may be able to negotiate on price a bit if you get ahold of a representative in person. 

Also understand that most luxury rental car companies have rotating inventory. So they may not currently be advertising the make or model you’re looking for online. That doesn’t mean they can’t get it in stock for you. Unless you speak with someone at the rental company personally, you won’t know exactly what they can have available for you on the dates you’re looking to rent your car.  

Staying at Oceana? We’ll arrange a luxury or exotic car rental for you. 

At Oceana of Santa Monica, we’re experts at finding the perfect luxury or exotic rental car for our guests, no matter what class of vehicle they’re looking for. When you book your stay with us, all you have to do is show up, and let us tend to the rest. We want you to savor every minute of your stay, and bask in the luxurious and revitalizing atmosphere of our unique property. When you make your booking with us, or after you do, just let us know if you’re looking to rent a car while you’re here. If you’re in the market for a luxury or exotic vehicle, we can find you just what you’re looking for at the best price and terms.  

Have questions about renting a luxury or foreign car in Santa Monica? 
Contact Hotel Oceana today!

Phone: (310) 393-0486 or 1-800-777-0758
Email: Info_sm@hoteloceana.com

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About Oceana of Santa Monica 

Oceana of Santa Monica is not just a world-class luxury hotel — it is a personally-curated experience uniquely tailored to each and every guest who stays with us. As a boutique hotel, we’re able to offer bespoke services and amenities that larger luxury hotels cannot, from the latest in private spa services, to A-list personal trainers, to exclusive outings and active adventures. Our cliffside oceanfront location offers both privacy and stunning views, and our  lavishly-appointed suites are the most spacious and high-tech of any resort in Santa Monica. Our award-winning restaurants serve only our guests and their guests exclusively, offering some of the most beautifully-plated and high-end faire in all of Los Angeles. Whether you’re looking for the romantic getaway of a lifetime, a personal wellness retreat to recharge mind and body, or a family vacation that offers something for everyone, Oceana will design a flawlessly-personalized experience you just won’t find anywhere else. Call us today and let us know how we can create a truly unforgettable luxury experience for you and yours at our exclusive paradise-within-a-paradise.

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