As we arrived from LAX after a long haul flight from Australia, we were wowed by the site of this established hotel and it's beachside location. If you are a fan of well kept iconic types of hotels, this place is for you. As soon as we pulled up, we were greeted by very friendly genuine and professional staff and were able to check in early. We had a partial ocean view room which had a slight view of the ocean as well as Shutters next door. The room was quite spacious and the interior is really tastefully done with high quality finishes. It looks better in real life than in the photos/website. It was a nice solid room and really quiet. I'm such a light sleeper but I slept really well. One night (a Friday) we came back and there was a jazz band playing in the lobby. Our room was on the same level as the lobby but with the doors closed, I didn't hear a thing.
This was my favourite hotel from my US trip. I stayed at the Mandarin Oriental in Vegas, SLS Beverly Hills and Westin in San Fran. This hotel was the most genuine feeling hotel and best all round experience. It's not cheap but if you want a great experience, it's worth it. I also liked having the ability to dine at Shutters and charge back to the room. Breakfast at Shutters was fantastic (loved the ricotta hotcakes) and one morning we saw Ron Howard having breakfast.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Casa del Mar is located right on the sand in the heart of the Southern California seaside community of Santa Monica, mere steps from the Pacific Ocean on Santa Monica Bay. The hotel is adjacent to the historic Santa Monica Pier, the dynamic Third Street Promenade, Main Street, the elegant shopping and dining areas of Montana Avenue, as well as the gardens, walkways and expansive ocean panoramas of cliff-top Palisades Park. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Del Mar Hotel Santa Monica
- Casa Del Mar Santa Monica