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“Don't be fooled by the outside look” 4 of 5 stars
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Cal Mar Hotel Suites
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   220 California Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90403 (Santa Monica)   |  
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Ranked #24 of 34 Hotels in Santa Monica
Canberra, Australia
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34 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Don't be fooled by the outside look”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

We stayed at the hotel for 4 nights in early October. The hotel is absolutely perfectly situated near the shopping area of Santa Monica and very near the famous beach. It is also close the the Hop On Hop Off bus stop. Hotel is very old and probably really needs to be demolished soon BUT...the staff are great, swimming pool is a real bonus and the suites are equipped with everything you will need. Unfortunately no free Wifi.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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susansomers, General Manager at Cal Mar Hotel Suites, responded to this review, October 31, 2012
Thank you Greg Lee1955 for sharing your recent experience at our property. We appreciate you mentioning our amazing location. We are so glad you took advantage of the Hop On Hop Off Bus as they offer super tours throughout the LA Area. We are delighted that you enjoyed the swimming pool, our awesome staff and our fully equipped suites. It is comments such as yours which encourages our staff on a daily basis. Thanks so very much for taking the time to share your experience. We hope to see you soon!
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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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Raymond Terrace, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

We stayed at the Cal Mar for 4 days post cruise. We arrived early and our rooms were ready within 30 mins.The rooms were a bit dated but clean. The kitchen and dining area were very convenient. The position was great. 2 blocks from Venice beach and a 15 min walk to Santa Monica Pier. The shopping area only a 5min walk. The pool was clean and refreshing. There is a coin operated washing machine and dryer. Our apartment had 1 room with two double beds, fully equipped kitchen, dining area, lounge area with fold out bed, bathroom with bath. A little gem for the price.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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susansomers, General Manager at Cal Mar Hotel Suites, responded to this review, October 17, 2012
Thank you so very much Tracyvan2324 for sharing your recent experience at our property. We are delighted that you chose our property to stay after your cruise and we appreciate so very much your mentioning our close proximity to all of the great venues that Santa Monica has to offer. We are glad you had a chance to enjoy our pool area as well as all the amenities our suites have to offer. We appreciate you taking the time to provide your feedback on our property and we look forward to hosting you on your next visit to our area. We especially like “a little gem for the price”. We have shared your comments with our staff which encourages them to keep up their great efforts on a daily basis!
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

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.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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susansomers, General Manager at Cal Mar Hotel Suites, responded to this review, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012 via mobile

We stayed at cal mar hotel suites for 4 nights and loved every moment of it. I researched accommodation options thoroughly beforehand. We're a couple with a baby and a toddler so we wanted space without compromising location but were happy to give up a bit of five star luxury. Cal mar was perfect - massive rooms, friendly staff and a charming leafy pool outlook. As others have said, it's quite dated but we loved the quirky 1930s feel. I'd really recommend a pool view room and 2nd flood is best as there's less pool noise and no on above you (we had no noise issues, very quiet). The location just around the corner from 3rd promenade really was the best. Walking distance to whole foods (delicious). Cons, the high cost of wifi and parking but we knew about these in advance and hotel was still reasonably priced compared with others in this locale, and they didn't have our room ready despite arriving at 4pm. All quickly rectified however. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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susansomers, General Manager at Cal Mar Hotel Suites, responded to this review, October 17, 2012
Wow, AdventuresfromNZ, we are so delighted that we exceeded your expectations and that you enjoyed your stay at our property. We our honored that you chose the Cal Mar for your most recent visit. Our property is great for families as you are able to spread out and enjoy the large rooms with everything to make a family feel comfortable during their stay; it is great for children as well as they have their own space to relax and rewind after traveling. Thanks too for highlighting our close proximity to our local Whole Foods Market, we are one and one-half blocks from the Farmers Market which is offered Wednesday and Saturday morning with amazing fresh fruit and veggies. We are excited that you enjoyed the old world charm. We hope to see you on your next visit. Have an amazing day!!!
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Brookhaven, New York
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

We had a very pleasant stay at the Cal Mar. Our comfortable suite had a bedroom, bathroom, living room, dining room, kitchen and balcony! It was nice to be able to have so many rooms. The bedroom had a ceiling fan (needed for warm days) and we did need to use the fan in the living room. Though the decor was a little dated, the rooms were comfortable and quite clean. I loved being able to buy groceries at the nearby Whole Foods and stock the refrigerator with breakfast supplies, snacks and lunch. Having breakfast on our balcony was a treat each morning! The courtyard was lovely and well maintained - the perfect place to relax while doing the laundry! The staff was friendly and helpful. The Cal Mar is a few blocks from beautiful Palisades Park where we went for several runs and is close to shopping and restaurants. I would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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susansomers, General Manager at Cal Mar Hotel Suites, responded to this review, October 5, 2012
Thank you so very much NY2togo for sharing your experience during your recent stay in Santa Monica. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and got to get a little bit of rest and relaxation during your time here. Our dedicated staff does the utmost to enhance our guests’ experience, we appreciate your mentioning them as well. Thank you for your excellent comments; we look forward to hosting you on your next visit to our area!
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Shakopee, MN
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

The hotel is very retro but kept up nicely! The room is spacious but bathroom was small. Also had a kitchen. The staff was very friendly. Had a pool. We loved the location. Great area to walk to restaurants, shops, the beach, and the Santa Monica pier. I felt safe. No air conditioning. It was noisy in the a.m. because we had windows open. Much less expensive than some of the other hotels in the area. If you are watching your budget, you won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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susansomers, General Manager at Cal Mar Hotel Suites, responded to this review, September 25, 2012
Thank you so very much Lovethesusnset857 for sharing your recent experience at our property. We are glad that you enjoyed our spacious suites with fully equipped kitchens. Thank you for mentioning our close proximity to all of the wonderful venues Santa Monica has to offer. We appreciate also you mentioning the value. We put our guests as our number one priority. Thanks for the opportunity to serve. Have an awesome day, we hope to see you soon!
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Piscataway, NJ
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

Enjoyed our stay at the Cal Mar in Santa Monica. The room was spacious and clean and the pool was fabulous and clean! In fact, it was a little too warm for our taste maybe because we happened to be staying there when there was a heat wave. Air conditioning would have been welcome. Fans were available though to try to move the cooler night air into the rooms in the evening.
The hotel is very close to the Promenade on 3rd Street. A great place to spend an evening walking around.
Staff was exceptionally pleasant, helpful and friendly.
The beach is a few blocks away and down some steep steps. Since the beach in Santa Monica is so very wide, it is quite a trek to get to the water from the hotel.
Enjoyed our stay at Cal Mar and felt that the value was good for this resort town.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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susansomers, General Manager at Cal Mar Hotel Suites, responded to this review, September 25, 2012
Thank you so very much cleomurray for sharing your recent experience. We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit and appreciate so very much you relating the spaciousness, cleanliness of our rooms, our awesome staff, and we are so happy you enjoyed our pool area. Thank you too for appreciating the value of our property. We hope to serve you in the future. Have an amazing day!
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Address: 220 California Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90403
Location: United States > California > Santa Monica > Santa Monica
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Ranked #24 of 34 Hotels in Santa Monica
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Hotel Class:3 star — Cal Mar Hotel Suites 3*
Number of rooms: 36
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