My wife and I stayed at the hotel for four nights in late October. We were travelling with our two young kids (aged 6 and 4) and were on a two week holiday where we also stayed at the Mandalay Bay in Vegas, Loews Coronado Bay in San Diego and The Grand Californian Hotel in Disneyland. This was our second visit to Santa Monica.
Of all the hotels we stayed at during our trip, the Fairmont Miramar was easily our favorite.
The hotel is friendly, stylish and close to all the action in Downtown SM, along with being a mere five minutes from the beach. Front of house; the lobby, bar, restaurant (Fig) and pool area were all welcoming and spotlessly clean. Service was discreet and professional, with a special mention to the various staff on concierge, who were so helpful in advising us on where and when to visit each day. The hotel had on the day of our arrival, taken delivery of a new fleet of white BMW mountain bikes, which were free for use by all guests. We used these to cycle down to the madness in Venice Beach (then quickly cycled back again!).
The room was clean and well appointed, the bath was a wee bit small but perfectly usable (you get what you pay for…) and the beds were very comfortable. Our balcony overlooked the pool, the beach and the ocean – all of which were an amazing sight to wake up to each morning.
Away from the hotel, I can highly recommend Boa steakhouse, which is a five minute walk along Ocean Drive and served quite simply the best steak I have ever tasted. We visited twice in three days and would have gone again if we had discovered it earlier.
(I also wish I could give you the name of the brunette lady who worked behind the main bar, as she was fantastic. Her memory retention for what her customers had been previously drinking, even two days prior, was worthy of a stage act. She juggled drinks, was quick and friendly with the banter and at no stage kept anyone in a very busy bar waiting to be served – a consummate professional and one of the few people we met who nailed me as a Londoner when almost everyone else we met asked us which part of Australia we came from! Jeez!)
An ocean view would be my preference
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November 9, 2012
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Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your comments. We are happy to hear you enjoyed the hotel! I'll be sure to let our bartender Angela know you appreciated her service! She is a talented mixologist and from your feedback looks like she can add acute accent awareness to her resume!
We thank you again for staying with Fairmont Miramar. Should your travels bring you back to our hotel, please let me know and I will gladly assist with your reservation.
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