We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
All 34 Santa Monica hotels

Cal Mar Hotel Suites

220 California Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90403
Hotel amenities
Save Saved
You added Cal Mar Hotel Suites to your Saves list
Cal Mar Hotel Suites
Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Show Prices
You must enter dates to see the best prices.
74%
Ranked #22 of 34 hotels in Santa Monica
A recent review
4 of 5 stars reviewed yesterday
phx1sjc Youngtown, Arizona
  • Reviews (279)
  • Photos (98)
  • Amenities
  • Q&A
  • Room tips (45)
  • Location
  • More
Write a Review

279 people have reviewed this hotel

Traveler rating
    70
    126
    45
    20
    18
See reviews for
107
73
13
13
Rating summary
  • 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
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (45)
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Youngtown, Arizona
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The hotel is a converted apt building. It's a bit older, but still clean and great location. There is no air conditioning so we slept with the windows open. Unfortunately, Thursday was garbage day so we were woken up early. The staff was very friendly. Parking costs $18/night and WIFI is also extra.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Spokane, Washington
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Staying at the Cal Mar was what I imagine visiting Santa Monica must have been like in the 50s or 60s. Large spacious suites with kitchens surrounding a shaped pool with palm trees and tropical plants. You enter the courtyard and pool area and escape the frenetic activity of the city. And after a day at the pier or the... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Phoenix, Arizona
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
10 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The suites are nice but so many things were BROKEN!! I can not get a hold of the manager to save my life, and the receptionist will not take my information to have him call me back. The coffee pot, TV, and DVD were all broken. For 300 bucks a night this is insane!!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bayville, New Jersey
Top Contributor
142 reviews 142 reviews
11 hotel reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I travel to Santa Monica to visit my family several times during the year. The Cal Mar is my go to place for extended stay. Its a great location within walking distance to to the promenade, beach and the farmers market. I like getting up in the am and not having to go to a restaurant for breakfast. Yes the... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
5 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Big Suites, Great Location and all at a reasonable price. A stroll away from the beach, pier and 3rd street promenade. Only negative is that the wifi was not complimentary and did not work when trying to purchase. Swimming was clean and there was plenty of space. I think everyone was at the beach 😉

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
1 review
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

I want to first start by saying that my score for this hotel would have been 5 had it not been for my first impression when I arrived on the night of check-in. We arrived to the hotel late at night after a long day of travel. On arrival was a woman named Diane at the check-in/"welcome" desk. She did... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 8
Cork, Ireland
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
17 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

You wont find a more centrally located hotel for this kind of money in Santa Monica. The property is old and in need of modernising but the rooms are clean and spacious. Parking is provided and we were happy to pay the nightly charge for the convenience. The staff are lovely and my only complaint is that the blinds are... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Robert N, General Manager at Cal Mar Hotel Suites, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. This will help us give better service to our customers.We appreciate your business We are currently looking in to new window treatments Hope to see you again! More

Germnay
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
15 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

This is a fantastic location but the hotel is so old fashioned that we did not enjoy our stay. The suite was large but the windows were ancient and offered no sound protection from the main road. The windows have old, flimsy blinds so we were woken very early every day by the sunlight. There is no air con, which... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Robert N, General Manager at Cal Mar Hotel Suites, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments they are very important to us.The Cal Mar Hotel Suites is not a 5 star hotel and if that what you expected.This hotel has a 1960's flair just 2 blocks to the beach. Our pool is heated. Our suites are like a 1 or 2 bedroom apartments with a full kitchens set up for extended... More

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

At an abominable $10 per day for a simple and normally free Wifi service, you would certainly expect the best fast internet to get some sort of bang for your buck. After staring, drop-jawed at the ridiculously slow data - taking 5+ minutes to load a youtube video, I was also happily surprised at the 2 device limit, meaning you... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 4
Robert N, General Manager at Cal Mar Hotel Suites, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. This will help us give better service to our customers. We are currently working on updating the equipment to correct the connection and speed issues. We appreciate your business More

Santa Monica, California
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

We had to come up to Santa Monica for a wedding, and needed a place to stay near the pier.I did not want to spend $400 and I didn`t want to stay in a toilet either.This is a great compromise .For under $200, The rooms are called suites but you basically get a one bedroom apartment and with plenty of... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Robert N, General Manager at Cal Mar Hotel Suites, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. This will help us give better service to our customers.We appreciate your business More

Owners: What's your side of the story?
If you own or manage Cal Mar Hotel Suites, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.
Manage your listing

Been to Cal Mar Hotel Suites? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Cal Mar Hotel Suites

Address: 220 California Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90403
Location: United States > California > Santa Monica
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com and Priceline so you can book your Cal Mar Hotel Suites reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Cal Mar Hotel Santa Monica
Cal Mar Santa Monica

98 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

Viewed
All traveler photos (92)
Viewed
Room/suite (41)
Viewed
Pool/beach area (18)
Viewed
Hotel & grounds (9)
Viewed
View from room (6)
Viewed
Dining (8)
Viewed
Bathroom (1)
Viewed
Other (9)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All management photos (7)
Viewed
View from room (1)
Viewed
Hotel & grounds (2)
Viewed
Pool/beach area (1)
Viewed
Other (3)

Amenities

Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Number of rooms
36

Questions & Answers

Enter your question for this accommodation's staff to answer. Other travelers may answer as well.
    Posting guidelines

    See which rooms travelers prefer