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“Excellent in every respect” 5 of 5 stars
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Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401 (Santa Monica)   |  
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Ranked #5 of 34 Hotels in Santa Monica
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Excellent in every respect”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

5 star service and facilities for a very fair price. The room was extremely comfortable, quiet and the gym was great. They had free bikes which we rode along the beach to Venice. The breakfast was great and and served in a beautiful setting. This was my favorite hotel during our California trip and we stayed in several that were more expensive.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

We stayed at the Fairmont Miramar while driving up the PCH. It has a beautiful entrance and lobby area - but it is not on the beach. It is across a busy street and down a huge hill and across the PCH - and then you are on the beach. This was not clear to me until we arrived. It is a short walk to the Santa Monica Pier - which is a fun activity for the kids - but is extremely crowded on the weekends. We stayed in a one bedroom suite - great furnishings - but a very small bathroom.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

This is the third time we've returned to this property and we've grown to really appreciate the location (right off of Ocean Avenue) and ambiance of the property. Am a member of the Fairmont President's Club so have complimentary wifi and access to the gym.

The original Miramar was a low rise property and the older wing where we are staying has large, high ceiling rooms with a separate bedroom from the living area. Service has been very attentive, even with several large functions going on over the past two days. The Space Shuttle Endeavor flew over Santa Monica this morning and the hotel arranged a roof top viewing of this once-in-a-lifetime sight. Classy.

Restaurant Fig serves casual, locally sourced meals and is reasonable, considering the surroundings. We'll be back.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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West Hartford, CT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

We love the Fairmont Hotels and are always touched by the staff who make the experience stand out for us. Sallie at the front desk could not have been warmer. My husband and I were on a visit to celebrate our15th anniversary. I went to the concierge desk for some suggestions on what to do: Sheri, the concierge was so remakably kind, helpful and truly made us feel special. . Sheri litterally mapped out a special day for us that we will never forget. It included a convertible mustang car rental, cocktails at "Fig" which was as fabulous as Sheri said would be, and dinner in Malibu plus one or two surprises. When we returned to our room Sheri surprised us with fruit, cheese and some bubbly - that was above and beyond the call of duty. The next day when we left, Sheri noticed us checking out she gave us the warmest smile, my husband and I went over to thank her. Sheri promised us when we return next year to let her know so she could plan and surprise us with a "Spectacularly Sixteen Year" celebration. We plan to take her up on that.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

I stayed here for 10 nights with work. Although not as swanky and plush as Shutters down the road, it's a great base for a longer stay due to the more laid back atmosphere and super-friendly service (not that either of those things is bad at Shutters). Clientele are all pretty low key too, although you'll spot the odd celeb and the newly opened adjoining Bungalow Bar usually has a few douchey types hanging about in it.

I found the restaurant food, wine list and-in room dining all to be excellent. The hotel also has bikes to borrow for free if you want to cycle down to Venice etc.. The bungalow bar is fun for people watching and late drinks, but had pretty solid queues most nights between 8pm and 1am.

There's great shopping and an amazing array of fantastic restaurants nearby. My favourites were The Blue Plate Oysterette (great, fresh, unpretentious sea food) and Sushi Roko (fancy sushi) and Hillstone (not a great atmosphere, but they do an unbelievably delicious and massive rack of bbq pork ribs).

As i've said in other reviews, I don't particularly like LA in general, but Santa Monica and the rest of the adjoining coastal strip is a very fun, relaxed and beautiful place to hang out.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

Beautiful old property "on" the beach in Santa Monica. While we were eating lunch at Figs one person at the table remarked it seems like we were in a hotel compound in another country.

While not my first stay here I always look forward to staying here. This time I was lucky enough to get a bungalow which was certainly a treat, in fact when I go next time I will book one!

The guest services is exactly what you expect it to be.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

This property definitely has a different "more beachy" feel from the other Fairmonts I've been to. It's not as ritzy as other Fairmonts, but I think it's well suited to it's location. We didn't have a car with us so this hotel was in a perfect location. It's just a short walk from the beach and from 3rd Street Promenade. We were in Santa Monica for a long weekend getaway. If you're staying there any longer, I would suggest renting a car.

We had an ocean view room overlooking the pool. The noise that people have referred to in other reviews didn't bother us. Could be because we're night owls ourselves :)

We had breakfast at The Fig. The food was decent, but nothing spectacular given the price point. There are lots of nice restaurants in the area, I would recommend trying one of those out instead (fell in love with the food at The Buddha's Belly :)). We had drinks in the lobby bar/lounge at night.

Overall, the staff was friendly and helpful. The concierge was very helpful in booking our Hollywood tour. We did encounter a very rude waiter in the lobby bar/lounge (tall man with a British accent). I could have made this a big deal but decided it wasn't worth it as he was someone we would probably never have to see again.

One major issue with the room - The tub was clogged when we got there - but this issue was rectified a few hours after we reported it. Other than that, the room was clean with a comfy bed. The room was pretty small in size but this didn't bother us.

I would stay at this hotel again.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401
Location: United States > California > Santa Monica > Santa Monica
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Santa Monica
#2 Romantic Hotel in Santa Monica
#3 Luxury Hotel in Santa Monica
#6 Family Hotel in Santa Monica
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows 4.5*
Number of rooms: 302
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