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Cal Mar Hotel Suites
Ranked #29 of 36 Hotels in Santa Monica
Reviewed May 5, 2010

My wife and I recently vacationed in Santa Monica. I did a lot of research on housing options before we visited. Both of us really loved the location relative to an easy walk to see the sunsets. The available and affordable tennis that was within a long walk, or short drive of the hotel. The front desk staff are cordial, friendly, and accommodating. Lots of families in the pool, and different people and cultures to enjoy. The kitchen allowed us the choice of eating in or out. Two thumbs up!

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled as a couple
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susansomers, General Manager at Cal Mar Hotel Suites, responded to this reviewResponded May 7, 2010

Thank you VermontduoWindsor! We appreciate your taking the time to give great feedback relative to your recent visit. We are always pleased when we are able to meet and exceed our guests’ expectations. Guest satisfaction and great customer service is our number one priority at the Cal Mar. We hope that we will be able to serve you and your family in the future.

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Reviewed May 2, 2010

We were stuck in LA on the way back from New Zealand and managed to find this Santa Monica hotel for our unexpected extended holiday.
Although the accommodation is pretty basic with very dated fixtures and fittings, it was fine for the 4 of us - very good value and brilliantly located for 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica with its trendy shops, restaurants and lively street entertainers. Also very close to the beach and very quiet and safe in the evening.
There were obviously far worse places to be stuck and would certainly consider this as a location if we came holidayed in LA in the future (without the stress of not knowing when we'd get home!).

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled with family
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susansomers, General Manager at Cal Mar Hotel Suites, responded to this reviewResponded May 5, 2010

Thank you CBH66 for posting your comments. We are delighted to hear that you appreciate the value of our property; the proximity to all the shops, and the security of our building. We, as you know, are located in a residential area away from the noise and traffic and are so glad that we were able to accommodate you during your extended holiday. We hope to be able to serve you at a future date.

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Reviewed April 29, 2010

We stayed at the Cal Mar for 9 days whilst we were stuck in LA as a result of the Vocalnic
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The suite accomodated 5 of us, the youngest being 11 and we were extremely comfortable and felt that the price we paid was very fair for the amenities we had - kitchenette, heated pool, walking distance to shops etc.

Both the front desk and cleaning staff were very helpful and we were provided with extra utensils, crockery, towels ect. to accomodate our party, also the staff had an excellent knowledge about the area and gave good directions too.

The hotel was very quiet and the place although not as modern as other large chain hotels makes up for it in all these other things.

We stayed at luxury hotel two days prior to coming to the Cal mar and the pool was dirty, we were overcharged and on check in they weren't helpful in many ways.

I would definately recommend this hotel to anyone who is staying in Santa Monica.

Thank you for making out stay a pleasure at the such a stressful time.

Helen, Terry, Hannah, Irene and Jason

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled with family
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susansomers, General Manager at Cal Mar Hotel Suites, responded to this reviewResponded May 1, 2010

Thank you for taking the time to post your review of our property; we are always delighted when we are able to exceed our guests’ expectations. We are gladf that you had a wonderful time despite the time delay you had in returning home. Our team strives to make each guest comfortable and feel “special” during their visit to Santa Monica. We appreciate your reflecting on the safe environment, our great staff and clean rooms,; your feedback is awesome. Again, thank you for sharing your experience and we hope to be able to accommodate you in the future.

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Reviewed April 29, 2010

We were pleasantly surprised by everything at the Cal Mar Suites! We were there in March for Spring Break (from Arizona) with our 3 kids (18, 14 and 11) and the room was perfect for our family of 5. Even a larger family could be comfortable at the Cal Mar. The location can't be beat. It's about a block away from the shops and about a 15 minute walk to the beach. Other comparable hotels in the area are MUCH more expensive than the Cal Mar. Yes, it's a little dated in the decor department, but who cares! We usually go to San DIego, but our new favorite So-Cal Spring Break destination is Santa Monica thanks to the Cal Mar Hotel Suites!!!!

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled with family
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susansomers, General Manager at Cal Mar Hotel Suites, responded to this reviewResponded May 1, 2010

Thank you for all of the wonderful comments relating to our property. I'm so pleased we were able to meet and exceed your expectations. Guest satisfaction and great customer service is our number one priority. We appreciate you making the Cal Mar and Santa Monica your destination for Spring Break! We look forward to having you as our guest again; all the best from Cal Mar management and staff.

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Reviewed April 24, 2010

We stayed at the Cal Mar after reading reviews on TripAdvisor. The hotel was in a fantastic position and the rooms were extremely spacious. We had a room on the second floor which was great as the walls are paper thin so I would not like to be on the ground floor. The room was very noisy as it backed onto an alley that serviced a hotel and the windows did not keep out any noise, so staff talking, garbage collections and deliveries might just have well been happening in your room. We expected two double beds which would have made sleeping better as the bedroom was quieter, however my husband and I slept on the sofa bed in the lounge as the 'double beds' were really king singles. Our room did have a strange smell but we got used to it and ear plugs solved the noise issue. I am sure the rooms on the poolside are quieter and the staff were ok and the rooms clean and well maintained. The position is the winner though but you do need a car in Santa Monica as the bus service although regular takes forever to get anywhere - this will cost you $12 per night to park at Cal Mar but worth the cost.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled with family
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susansomers, General Manager at Cal Mar Hotel Suites, responded to this reviewResponded April 25, 2010

Thank you Peach 14 for posting your comments to Trip Advisor. The peace and tranquility for our guests is our number one concern. On your return visit, we would ask that you request one of our Pool View Rooms or California King Rooms, they are equipped with King Size beds and you wouldn’t have any problems for your comfort in sleeping as well as the noise that you heard in the alley. We strive to accommodate our guests whenever possible and if there is an issue, we are more than happy to transfer you when another room becomes available. We appreciate your comments relative to our location and easy accessibility to all of the fun places to see and things to do in Santa Monica. Thank you as well for noting the cleanliness of our rooms and maintenance. I personally appreciate your feedback so that we can strive to provide even better guest service.

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Reviewed April 16, 2010

Samuel Family of 6 travelling around California. 2 adults and 4 kids (11, 10, 5, 3). April 2010.

A great hotel for large families as you can all fit in the one suite which is cheaper and more convenient than 2 hotel rooms (particularly with younger kids). Has a small pool which is heated so we swam even in April. Rooms are big and have kitchen facilities. Location is excellent. Santa Monica is close to LA Airport and is a great base for families wanting to explore LA and Hollywood (around 30 mins drive). It has a lovely beach and good shopping/restaurants. The hotel is a short walk from the third street promenade.

A couple of points to note. The hotel is a bit dated and battered around the edges and could do with an update. Car parking cost us $12.50 a day at the hotel so factor this into the cost. There is no restaurant on site - but this isn't a big problem as central Santa Monica is close by.

Would recommend for families and small groups.

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susansomers, General Manager at Cal Mar Hotel Suites, responded to this reviewResponded April 23, 2010

Good day SamuelFamilyof 6: We welcome your posting your experience during your stay at our property. It is with guest feedback such as yours, that visitors to Santa Monica, from all over the world are able to envision the pluses that our property has in accommodating large families. In addition, we offer fully equipped kitchens, and our accessibility to the beach, Santa Monica Promenade and the L.A. area are definitely a given. Our top priority is our guests’ comfort and our Front Desk is very knowledgeable about all the places of interest throughout Los Angeles. Again, we appreciate you taking the time to add your comments; we look forward to serving you and your family when you return to the Santa Monica area.

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Reviewed April 15, 2010

We stayed at the Cal Mar for four nights prior to going on a cruise. We researched lots of accommodation options in Santa Monica and decided on Cal Mar based on 1) price 2) position and 3) size of apartments (we're a family of 4). We weren't disappointed on any of these. Yes, the apartments are not as new as some of the other hotels/motels, however our apartment was spacious, impeccably clean and very comfortably furnished. The position is ideal, being an easy walk to the beach and the 3rd Street Promenade without the noise usually asssociated with those areas. The staff were all very friendly and helpful and went out of their way to assist us. (we had a 12 hour lay over from the time our cruise ship docked till our return flight to Australia and the hotel staff were more than happy to let us leave our lugguage with them on our return while we spent the day doing last minute sight seeing, and arranged transport for us to the airport)
We would certainly stay there again and would recommend it to family anf friends without hesitation.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled with family
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susansomers, General Manager at Cal Mar Hotel Suites, responded to this reviewResponded April 19, 2010

Thank you Aussietourist01 for posting your comments to Trip Advisor. We are delighted that you highlighted the positives that our property held for you and your family. We take pride in our facility and our housekeeping, maintenance and Front Desk team make it happen. We appreciate so very much your feedback and we would be honored to have you and your family return the next time you are in Santa Monica . At the Cal Mar Hotel, guest service is our number one priority!

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Address: 220 California Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403-3606
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Location: United States > California > Santa Monica > Santa Monica
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#19 Business Hotel in Santa Monica
Price Range: $183 - $308 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Cal Mar Hotel Suites 3*
Number of rooms: 36
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