Oceana Santa Monica
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look back into the history of oceana

2019 future

The Oceana Beach Club Hotel will reemerge in early 2019 as Los Angeles' preeminent, luxury hotel after undergoing a $20 million transformation. Owner and operator, JRK Hotel Group, has partnered with NY-based interior designer, Anna Busta, to reimagine the hotel’s entrance, lobby, outdoor courtyard, pool area, and guest rooms. Busta’s vision for the Oceana is simple yet elegant: to design not just a home-away-from-home for travelers, but to create a space that every traveler wishes were their very own private beachside residence. Decorated in a sophisticated palette of naturals, blues and bold patterns, all 70 suites will feature custom-designed furnishings and amenities, including hand-tufted rugs from Nepal, deluxe Loro Piana bedding, unique artwork commissioned by Los Angeles artists, and Aesop bath products. Of course, in the Oceana’s coveted Santa Monica neighborhood, where it is 72 and sunny year-round, we understand the importance of a meticulous outdoor courtyard. Here, Busta has taken her design talent to a new level by revamping the Oceana’s pool area to include a lush dining pavilion, outdoor fire pits, and James Perse teak furniture. And finally, for those of you who are starting to feel nostalgic for Oceana’s existing charm, rest assured that our hotel will maintain its casual and beachy comforts with an extra-large dose of luxe.


2018 Present

Today, the very things that drew Laurel to 849 Ocean Avenue remain central to the Oceana experience. With a nod to its history and heritage, this sumptuous beach haven nestled in the heart of Santa Monica still features airy, suite-style accommodations that take full advantage of the Palisades Park and Pacific Ocean views, vast picture windows that open to let in the sea breeze, and a courtyard of swaying palms surrounding a freeform swimming pool.


1950 past

In the 1950s, the luxurious Oceana Apartment Hotel was "California’s newest apartment hotel." Hand-lettered advertisements pitched its private balconies, TV, maid service and ocean views. Such amenities and services captured the attention of none other than Stan Laurel (one half of the comedic duo of Laurel & Hardy), who moved to Oceana in 1958 with his wife Ida. He entertained dozens of celebrity friends in apartment #203, including Jerry Lewis, Dick Van Dyke and Marcel Marceau, and answered thousands of pieces of fan mail, correspondence that is enthusiastically collected by his admirers.

On behalf of JRK Hotel Group, we cannot wait to
welcome you to your idyllic Santa Monica home.