I just got back from a stay at the Georgian Hotel and could not be more pleased with my choice of hotel in Santa Monica. It is perfectly situated atop the Pacific Palisades with an amazing view of the ocean and the Santa Monica Pier.
This vintage hotel has a lot of character and I kept thinking, ‘if these walls could talk’. The Speakeasy is still intact and used for special events – Al Capone is said to have conducted business here. There are suites named after Clark Gable and Carole Lombard as they were just 2 of the hotels famous patrons. The elevators are solid mahogany, quite small (by today’s standards), very slow, they creak a little and depending on which one you’re in, you won’t even know what floor you are on until it stops. But that my friends, is part of the charm of The Georgian.
I opted for an Ocean View room, and mine was located on the 8th floor. I would suggest springing for one of these rooms if you can. I had read reviews that the rooms were small. I suppose they are a bit small, but no less so than a room you would find in New York City or other large cities. I found my room to be quite adequate and the furnishings just fine. I would like to not have a refrigerator that has those “spring loaded” items so you could remove what is already there, and put your own item in, then replace the hotel’s offerings. I was told that if I wanted one, they could provide a refrigerator upon request. I don’t know if there was a charge as I didn’t ask.
The windows open in the room which is always a plus. There was also a ceiling fan over the bed as well as an individual thermostat in the room. I found the room to be very comfortable in terms of temperature.
I also read reviews complaining of the street noise. I never understand why people make complaints like this. If you are staying in a hotel, that is facing a street, there is going to be some street noise! Common sense people! Stay somewhere else if that is a problem for you, don’t give a bad review of the hotel because of that. I found that if I closed my window, I could barely hear any outside noise.
Someone mentioned that they did not provide complimentary shampoo, hair conditioner, hand cream, and shower gel, but rather there were large bottles placed in the shower/bath and on the bathroom sink. True. So if you don’t want to use what is provided in these large pump style bottles? Bring your own. As far as bar soap, there was a bar provided for use at the sink. Again, if you want soap for the shower/tub, I would suggest bringing your own. Although, I have a feeling if you requested an additional bar, you would be provided with one. There were more than enough towels provided, lighting was adequate, and the water pressure was adequate as well.
The Veranda is quite a nice spot to sit and people watch, or have a drink and/or eat. I only ate there once, having their cheeseburger which was very good. The Veranda always seemed to be crowded, so I am guessing that the rest of the food is good as well.
As I said, the location is fantastic – overlooking the ocean and Santa Monica Pier. The Pier is 1 block away. The sunsets are breathtaking. The Palisades Ocean Walk across the street that extends I believe, for 3 miles is also very nice. The 3rd Street Promenade is 2 blocks away with all the shopping and eating venues that you can want. There are also several restaurants located all around the hotel. The public bus system is only $1.00 and you can catch several different lines right near the hotel. You can go to Los Angeles, Malibu, Venice to name a few, all for $1.00 each way. Not bad!
I must give a shout out to Melinda and Edwin on the hotel staff. They were so pleasant, friendly and always had a smile and a warm greeting every time I saw them. Or were willing to chat a bit, time willing. Everyone was very nice, but they stood out.
The only negative thing, and this is not a fault or comment against the hotel, is that the homeless are in the park across the street (aka the Palisades) and pretty much everywhere around the hotel. This is a problem in every city unfortunately, and certainly is no fault of the hotel. I simply point it out so that if it is something that bothers you, you are aware of it ahead of time.
If I were to return to Santa Monica, I would definitely stay here again