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“A+++ for families” 5 of 5 stars
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Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401   |  
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Ranked #4 of 34 hotels in Santa Monica
Oakland, California
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“A+++ for families”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

We stayed here over the Thanksgiving week. We got a great deal on Tripadvisor. Highly recommended for families with young children.

Prior to our arrival, I received an email from the hotel asking our son's name, age and if we need extra free amenities in our room (extra mini fridge, microwave, bottle warmer, tea kettle, etc.). That was just a sign of things to come.

Upon check in my son was given some toys to keep and we were upgraded to an Ocean View Suite. "Ocean View" was a little bit of a stretch. There were trees in the courtyard pool area and obstructed the view of the Ocean. This was no biggie. We were happy just having a beautiful quiet room. Another nice touch was my son's name being spelled out in sponges in the bathtub. He loved it.

Other pros:
-Prime location to shops and restaurants
-Food and room service
-Friendliness of the staff
-Great spa

Will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    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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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

This was our second stay at the Fairmont Miramar. From the moment we arrived to when we left we received great service. Our bungalow was very comfortable. We love staying here. It is handy to great restaurants and shopping, the location could not bet better. We will certainly stay here again.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

After our recent stay here, I do not know if we will be able to stay anywhere else. This place is amazing and just keeps getting better. It is only a few blocks from the highway 10 exit which is so convenient. As for service, we love the staff. Everyone was helpful and very kind whether it was the telephone operator or the bell staff. Our room was in the Palisade's Tower and was gorgeous. Views of the ocean were breathtaking. The gym (with ocean views) and yoga studio have been newly renovated and are lovely. There are a wide variety of classes running daily. The gym is free and includes access to the spa showers, sauna and facilities. A major perk to say the least. The hotel's fitness gear loan program is excellent, the kids loved the complimentary stuffed animals and we all enjoyed the free bikes to roam along Ocean Ave and the beaches from Santa Monica to Venice Beach. The fact that the hotel provides clients with a complimentary town car for trips within 3 miles is a major plus. We were driven to dinner on Friday and a park on Saturday. The lobby, outdoor pool and grounds are beautiful. This hotel turns a regular trip into something spectacular and is a surprising value considering the location and many added complimentary services. We love it.

Room Tip: Ask for a high floor and request a view room. The automobile rate can be excellent.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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 Reviewed November 26, 2012

I booked this hotel after much research for the Wednesday thru Sunday Thanksgiving weekend. I was so happy when we arrived through the towering wrought iron gates to find this beautiful hotel sitting behind a gorgeous huge tree. Although this hotel has over 300 rooms, it has a very intimate feel. The Manager at check in told us to please wait while she went up to inspect both rooms to make sure they were perfect. The service was impeccable. After each room service order we were called to make sure all was to our liking. The exterior is surrounded by beautiful trees and small charming bungalows. Such a beautiful property. Our suite, which was a 1 bedroom, was not overly, large, however, very elegantly appointed with a large bath. The valet service is just fabulous, everyone remembers your name and runs to open your door upon your arrival and departure. Also...forgot to mention the food. Although we had reservations in several restaurants, we all found the food to be amazing at the hotel. Our daughters had a beautiful ocean view room, again not large, but very elegant and comfortable. The pool is on the small side, however, and if you are coming here to lounge by the pool all day you may want to go to a resort hotel. However, we came to visit Santa Monica, Los Angeles, Laguna Beach and San Diego. What a wonderful experience. My husband told me, "Better write a great review for this one" Nothing but good things!!!!!! Happy...happy. BTW....pictures on internet do not do justice to this hotel.

Room Tip: Hotel upgraded us one room complimentary.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Denmark
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

We stayed for one night, but felt we were in the way the entire time we were there. Granted they have a bustling business with conventions, weddings, meetings but we felt trampled by all the activity and restrictions of where we could not go, or with our car. It was very inconvenient to have to be re-routed each time to get our car or go to and from our room. We had an adequate room with a good view, but the sink had been multilated and the bathroom looked grungy. I would expect more from this calibur of hotel. The bed was comfortable. The view was ok, saw the beach from a corner view because of buildings in the way. The pool area is too small to accommodate a moderate crowd. The beach was too commercial. Shopping is nearby. Not a good area for ambiance or to our liking. We would not return.

Room Tip: Try another 5 star hotel in the area or make the trip to one.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

We thoroughly enjoyed this hotel. It is in a great location and if you just want to park the car and explore on foot then this is the place for you. You are within walking distance of so many restaurants, stores, movie houses and attractions.

The rooms are very spacious and were always kept clean by the attentive staff.

Restaurant was good but a bit pricey. Nice to relax by the pool with a drink.

we are pleased we picked this hotel and we would definitely go back.

  • Stayed October 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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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

the best thing about this place was the location. you had the beach one side, and the shopping district a 5 minute leisurely walk away.

we had just come from the fairmont in sanfrancisco, where we had the best experience ever, so we had quite high expectations. however, all my expectations fell below standard! the receptionist staff was unhelpful and our check in process took close to 45minutes.

our minibars (we had 2 joining rooms) were both unfully stocked, so we had to bring this up to avoid charges- they did not seem to care. in addition, we rang to say there was red liquid in the bathroom sink, and they said that house cleaning will clean it in the morning... was not impressed with this!

the rooms were average size, although did come equipped with an ipod docking station and a nespresso machine.

literally- the only positive thing about this hotel was the location.

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