The Cal Mar is motel-esque with some unique characteristics that make it more enjoyable than a typical motel. The location is perfect for seeing Santa Monica, Venice Beach, etc. You can walk from Cal Mar to the Promenade, restaurants, coffee shops, shopping; we loved the convenience. The courtyard area with heated pool is really enchanting, and beautiful at night. However, I gave it only three stars for the noise and the interiors. The walls are really thin, and all the rooms face the courtyard, which means if anyone is in the pool area you can hear them. Also, we managed to find ourselves directly above the garbage pick up EVERY morning. Thin walls are inevitable with an older place, but I would recommend earplugs or a white noise machine if you plan on sleeping in at all, or in case of noisy neighbors. The furnishings and interiors were clean, but decidedly aged/dated.
Overall, we enjoyed our stay, and would go back, but only with our white noise machine!
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- Also Known As:
- Cal Mar Hotel Santa Monica
- Cal Mar Santa Monica