My husband and I have just returned from a week's stay at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary and the Fairmont staff made this one of our most memorable holidays ever. We are seasoned travellers who have stayed in many 5 star hotels both all over America & Europe and did plenty of research on hotels in the area before we settled on the Fairmont. We always contact a hotel direct first to see if they can beat the price of a travel agent doing a package deal or if we can find something cheaper via hotel comparison websites. In this case Fairmont reservations quoted an excellent nightly rate that undercut everyone else and they were more than happy to throw in a complimentary fridge & coffee maker at our request. When we mentioned it was our anniversary they said they would leave complimentary champagne , fruit & chocolate in our room which they did! We had specifically requested a quiet room to ensure we had a decent nights rest as I am a very light sleeper and my husband's job is very stressful so I needed to ensure we got peace & quiet during our stay. This was top of our priority list so when we began reading reviews about the newly opened "bungalow" night club alarm bells started to ring. We contacted the hotel and were assured we were in a north facing room on the 9th floor at the end of the corridor facing the beach( room 940). We needn't have worried, we never slept so well and woke up each morning feeling fully refreshed. What I would say is that if peace & quiet is what you want be very careful about what room you book as although the bungalows look nice in the grounds, the majority are either near the bar, restaurant or pool and will all hear the street noise.
The concierge helped us arrange trips & the staff in the fig restaurant were amazing, when my husband asked what they meant by a "cream cracker" on his olive oil cake they "googled" it ( the american definition is totally different to our interpretation of a cracker) which to me was over and above the service required! It is a small hotel compared to some in the vicinity but we liked this as the service was more attentive, very professional and we never had to stand in any queue to be served. If you want modern, large, art deco hotels, this isn't the place for you, but if you want quality, traditional furnishings and excelent location then I would highly recommend this hotel.
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- Also Known As:
- Fairmont Miramar Hotel And Bungalows
- Fairmont Santa Monica
- Santa Monica Fairmont