Other than the guest rooms, Le Merigot feels more like a small, independent hotel than a JW Marriott, and that is meant in a positive way. While other JWs are more imposing and lavish, this fits its upscale/beach location very well. It is located on Ocean Avenue, just a block from the Strand and the beach (many rooms have views, and some have balconies) and a short walk from the Santa Monica Pier and 3rd Street Promenade. Although I was here for work in Beverly Hills, I chose to stay here near the beach, and getting to/from the highway is quite easy (always important in LA). When you first arrive, it's easy to miss from the street, as the entry is nicely landscaped and there is only a small, street-level sign. Once inside, the bar and restaurant are both excellent (the she-crab soup is made in an authentic, Charleston-like style), although there are also plenty of restaurants a short walk away. The lobby is small and comfortable, but without all the over-the-top efforts to impress you that you might find in a larger resort. And the staff is exceptionally friendly - as many others have noted - and helpful. The layout of the hotel makes it feel smaller than it probably is, with multiple hallways and wings surrounding an interior patio. The guest rooms do have more of a corporate, Marriott feel than that of a Ritz or a boutique, but at the JW level this is still quite comfortable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Contemporary European-style Hotel situated overlooking the Pacific Ocean, 5 miles from J. Paul Getty Museum. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jw Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot Hotel Santa Monica
- Marriott Santa Monica
- Santa Monica Marriott