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Cal Mar Hotel Suites

220 California Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90403
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Rickmansworth, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
7 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The only good thing I can say about this pace is that the staff were very friendly. The whole place feels like a 70's motel. Room was OK'ish, but basic. Old style CRT TV's, no shower curtain, dated furniture. Not really worth the price, but the all hotels in Santa Monica are expensive. The location is fine and warrants the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Recently stayed here and let me tell you, it was GREAT! Front desk staff was very friendly and informed me of all the local spots to visit. The location is the best in Santa Monica, it's near the beach and 3rd Steet Promenade(Main Shopping Attraction). The bed was very comfortable and the room had a FULL BLOWN KITCHEN. Got lazy... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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56 reviews 56 reviews
20 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

The location of the suites is wonderful, a short walk to the coast and a short block to the Third St pedestrian mall. The staff are wonderful. Parking was excellent. Paid Internet was good. The first time we stayed here a couple of years ago we had no problem with noise from other patrons, however this time we had people... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

The location of this hotel was really great. Walking distance from the beach, pier, and the shops on 3rd street. The room was clean but it needs to be updated. The courtyard and pool are really cute and the pool is heated which is a plus. Rooms a loud because the walls are thin so you hear the traffic and... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

trash pick up in ally everyday at 6am. Bums rummaging thru dumpsters in the middle of the night, foul mouthed people screaming outside at each other and 6.4 black guys blocking the parking spaces. I thought I was in downtown Kandahar or somewhere in Iraq. The carpets are threadbare, beat up rusty furniture, even chewed up front door, not enough... More 

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Houston, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Great location but noise is awful! I swear the garbage is picked up every morning at 7am! The owners need to invest in the place and replace the 1950's windows. Ear plugs are seriously necessary. Linens a little funky too. Pool is nice and rooms are big. I've stayed a couple times but will try another place on my next... More 

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susansomers, General Manager at Cal Mar Hotel Suites, responded to this review

Thank you for voicing your concerns regarding our property. We are aware of the noise in the alley and are working with our maintenance team to replace the windows. This should be done shortly. We are delighted that you see the value in our property, apartment size rooms with fully equipped kitchens, our delightful staff, our dedicated work team and... More 

Austin, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Best deal around if you want to be near the water or near the Promenade in Santa Monica. I truly appreciate the fact that the owners have kept the Mid-Century classic motel character of this property down to the original pastel tile in the bath. My room was huge! And, the kitchenette coupled with the fact that the property is... More 

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susansomers, General Manager at Cal Mar Hotel Suites, responded to this review

Thank you so much for writing relating to your experience during your recent stay at the Cal Mar Hotel. We are delighted that you mentioned our amazing location to all activities in Santa Monica. We feel we are a hidden gem in this wonderful city. We thank you for taking the time to let others know of your experience. We... More 

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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015 via mobile

This was so upsetting I wouldn't want anyone else's holiday to be rocked by this sort of experience. I booked online. While we were initially comfortable with the venue, it wasn't until night fell and we went to bed, only to be woken by what I thought were rats. But rather, I looked outside and saw homeless people with cats,... More 

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susansomers, General Manager at Cal Mar Hotel Suites, responded to this review

Good morning from the Cal Mar Hotel. We thank you for taking the time to share your comments. We apologize that you had an unfortunate experience. Our staff work diligently to enhance our guests' visit. Our Night Auditor is prudent in ensuring any outside noises are kept to a minimum. We would encourage you to return to our property as... More 

Charlevoix, Michigan
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57 reviews 57 reviews
5 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

So very clean but.not the most modern. This hotel has so much room and comfortable beds. It is located so well to everything in Santa Monica within walking distance and feels so safe. It is winter bi put on warmer weather this would be so cool!

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Nesbit, MS
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Old, not luxurious - but the friendly and serving staff, cleanliness, very safe and convenient location makes it a great choice. The staff went the extra mile without being asked - obviously nongreedy people, and family friendly. All that and the great price for the area makes it easy to recommend.

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