I won a stay at this hotel in a travel writing contest. So, the bungalow was comped. But i felt like I was treated royally just the same. I'd had trouble convincing my husband that we should travel the 2.8 miles from our home for a 12 hour stay, but as soon as we arrived in the cozy bungalow (by which I mean cozy, not small) we knew it would be great. The sheets, pillows, comforters are far superior to what we have at home. Our journey began. It was a Sunday, so we picked up our complimentary Sunday New York Times at the front desk and relaxed with it awaiting sunset. The hotel is right across the street from the beautiful Santa Monica Palisades Bluff where there are walking paths on the bluffs above the Pacific. We watched the sunset over the ocean and did some people watching along the bluffs. We contemplated having dinner in one of the world famous restaurants along Ocean Ave, but wanting to maximize our hotel experience, we decided to go back to the room for room service. Dan ordered the Reuben and I had the chicken pesto sandwich. i loved my sandwich, but his was the best Reuben I've ever tasted. Everything was perfect.
In the morning, we had breakfast at Fig's and it was divine. Dan had the zuchini muffin which was decadent, but still allowed us to feel virtuous and I had eggs and toast. Sometimes simple is best. Don't leave there without trying the jam. Wonderful. And I love it when they give you a coffee pot to keep at the table so you don't have to wait for the wait staff to come around at just the moment you need more coffee.
Overall, everything was top notch. Service was quick, friendly and thoughtful. I wouldn't ordinarily stay at a hotel so close to home, but I just might do it again it was so nice.
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