My wife and I visit S. Monica from UK most years ,mostly around this time and for a good few years past we have stayed here at Cal Mar. if you want glitzy splendour, luxury facilities, air conditioning, valet parking, "cool" furnishings....etc. etc. etc. then do not come here. If, however, you want spacious apartments (excluding rather small bathrooms!), comfortably furnished with good beds and well equipped kitchen facilities, kept very clean and staffed by helpful, friendly people including front desk, housekeeping, maintenance staff (several staff have been here for many years, although there has been a change of management this year) - and you'd like it just a couple of blocks from the ocean and one block to walk to Third Street Promenade, look no further, just come here.
Any downsides? Yes, although they don't detract much from our desire to return. Some rooms get noisy, walls are quite thin and recently installed hard floors mean if you aren't on the top floor you'll likely hear them creaking in the apartment above. No rooms can be reached without using steps, although help is always available to shift baggage if you need. The only irritant is that everything from (self) parking to wifi is charged as an extra, rather than being included in the advertised rates; Cal Mar people usually justify this by saying every other hotel nearby does the same, but we think that doesn't usually extend to the Cal Mar practice of posting room rates (for apartments which all have bed space for 2 or 4 people without counting use of the convertible sofa!) for ONE person and adding extra even for the second - this is really a step too far, we think, and time it was changed - adding $10 to the advertised rates would be more transparent, in line with general practice, and would still give the best value in Santa Monica.
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- Also Known As:
- Cal Mar Hotel Santa Monica
- Cal Mar Santa Monica