|Subject: Re: Santa Monica Recommendation|
Bob and Lynn,
It is a great challenge to find a hotel in Santa Monica for less than $100. The rates climb very steeply the closer you get to the ocean. The Santa Monica Travelodge on 31st and Pico (310-450-5766) has 2 stars in the AAA rating system. Rates are about $80, but don't expect anything more than a basic room. Also in the same category and about the same rate is the Santa Monica Days Inn at 30th and Santa Monica Blvd (310-829-6333).
One other option is to stay Santa Monica-adjacent - that is, nearby. I recommended to Ziner Jennie from Atlanta the Inn at Venice Beach (http://www.innatvenicebeach.com/welcome.html) for her trip at the first of the year. I think that she was very satisfied with the accommodations.
One thing to remember is that all of these hotels are located on busy streets. When you check in, make sure to ask for a room back from the street if you value quiet.
I live about three blocks away from being in Santa Monica so fire away with any additional questions that you have.
Mark Los Angeles