“Tired, dated property. Nice location though and good price for the area.”
The sad thing about the Cal Mar Hotel Suites is that with a lick of paint and a tiny bit of modernisation, it could be brilliant.
It's in an excellent location, just a block from the end of the Third Street Promenade and a 5-10 minute walk from the beach and pier.
With it being an ex-apartment block, centred around the pool, it's also a nicely laid out property.
The problem comes when you open the door to your room.
The last time the rooms were decorated or the furniture, bathroom suite and appliances changed must have been in the '80's.
The room was tidy to an acceptable standard, but because of the dated decor and furniture, they just didn't feel clean.
Again, this is a shame because the rooms are very spacious with separate bathroom, kitchen, bedroom and living area.
The lack of air conditioning was a problem as open windows and the fans in the room couldn't cool it down sufficiently.
Service on check-in was punctual.
The room price was excellent compared to most of the hotels in the surrounding area, but because of the room I couldn't go as far as I to say you get value for money.
If the owners spent some money on the place and the rooms were re-decorated, this would undoubtedly be the best place to stay in Santa Monica (for those not going high-end) by a mile. Until that happens though, this will only be the cheap, convenient option.
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October 10, 2012
Greetings Sherps03/Scotland! We appreciate so very much you taking the opportunity to post your experience during your recent visit to our property. We are constantly updating our décor and renovating each room during our shoulder season which has just begun. Our staff works tediously each day to ensure that each guest suite is clean and ready for each incoming guest. Our suites are extremely large and are great for families that want to stretch out and enjoy the amazing location; we are within steps to all of the wonderful venues our City has to offer, including our Farmers Market, Santa Monica Pier and the like.. We thank you for your feedback and wish you would have had the opportunity to visit one of our balcony rooms which has been recently completed. We continue to market our property as a hidden gem in a very safe area, you can walk to any venue in Santa Monica. We are sorry that we did not meet your expectations and will continue to upgrade each room as they become available. We would invite you back when you are in Santa Monica, as we know you would appreciate our value compared to other properties within the area.
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