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“Pricey but great location and great rooms!”
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Casa del Mar
Ranked #3 of 36 Hotels in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence
Chicago, Illinois
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Pricey but great location and great rooms!”
Reviewed August 5, 2014

This is a beautiful boutique hotel located right on the beach. We had one of their new suites with expansive top floor views of the beach/ocean. The room had a beautiful beach-themed decor and all the amenities you'd expect in a suite. The hotel staff was generally okay, but not overly friendly. Everyone I came in contact with had a bit of an attitude. For the prices they charge, I would expect more of a Four Seasons type experience from the staff. But this wouldn't keep me from going back. The food in the lobby restaurant was excellent and views are spectacular. Also ate at their sister property next door (Shutters) which was also excellent. The pool is very small but overlooks the beach and is very private.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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jbarela, General Manager at Casa del Mar, responded to this review, August 6, 2014
Dear Babs131364,

Thank you so much for joining us at Hotel Casa del Mar. I truly appreciate your comments regarding our “beautiful boutique hotel” and am delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay in one of our brand new suites. I do apologize if our service did not meet your expectations or our usually high standards, but your review will help us to improve.

Sincerely,
James Barela, General Manager
Hotel Casa del Mar
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed August 4, 2014

We changed our Santa Monica hotel this trip to try out something new. This property has a heap of nostalgia in the grand lobby area which overlooks the ocean, but overall feels uninspired. The staff seemed also under managed and in need of serious developmental work. Pool is disappointingly small, but you're on the beach and the ocean is just a few steps away. We stayed in an ocean view room 719 which had a spectacular view of the Pacific.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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jbarela, General Manager at Casa del Mar, responded to this review, August 6, 2014
Dear LelaM,

Thank you for your feedback. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the ocean view from your room. I truly apologize for any lapses in service that you may have encountered during your stay. We are committed to service excellence and every review helps us to improve.

Sincerely,
James Barela, General Manager
Hotel Casa del Mar
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Melbourne, Australia
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70 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed July 23, 2014

After a rocky start where I was staring into an empty lot full of industrial bins...I was moved to a gorgeous room with an amazing view of Santa Monica beach and pier.

I arrived with a very bad neck and thankfully found that the spa provided me with an excellent masseuse who was fabulous and helped sort it out.

Perfectly located on Santa Monica beach its the perfect spot to explore Venice Beach and the Santa Monica Pier.

Beautiful comfortable bed, great service and def try Cha Cha Chicken around the corner.

The pool was great as well, overlooking the beach and very quiet and a great spot to watch everyone happening down on the promenade.

Make sure you do ask for a room with a view.....well worth it.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled on business
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Paradise Valley, Arizona
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117 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

Have stayed here twice, most recently June 2014.

Overall a very nice hotel in a great location by the pier. Rooms are kinda small but very cozy, almost feels like a bedroom in a house.

Views are very variable. Once we had a direct on ocean view (but set back in the back of the U shaped building, which cut off left and right views). The second time we were facing out towards Venice and right over the parking lot. We did have an ocean view that we paid for, but it was angular, not straight on, and only visible if laying on the bed.

Would suggest asking specifically for a room with direct straight on ocean view if that's important to you.

Stayed July 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed July 19, 2014

We stayed here for 3 nights on the way home from New York to Australia. Our room was absolutely beautiful - such luxury - the bed was so comfortable and the bathrooms lovely. The hotel is right on the beach and sitting by the pool overlooking the beach and people watching was really great. The staff couldn't do enough for you and the food in the restaurant was excellent. They had entertainment in the lounge area which created a great atmosphere while having a relaxed dinner after a long day out. Didn't want to leave and will be back on day.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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66 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed July 14, 2014

Have been here many times to enjoy sunset views and cocktails. My first overnight stay did not disappoint. Arrived midday and was allowed to check in early. Thank you Amex Fine Hotels. Lovely room at pool level. Great views. Mt husband had a massage at spa and said it was wonderful. Walking distance to pier and restaurants. Will definitely return next trip out of LAX. Excellent service from doorman to manager.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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GregoryDay, General Manager at Casa del Mar, responded to this review, July 16, 2014
Dear sharontognietti,

Thank you for staying with us at Shutters on the Beach. I especially appreciate your comment regarding our "excellent" service and am glad your husband was able to take advantage of our services at ONE the Spa. We look forward to seeing you again on your next trip.

Sincerely,
Gregory Day, General Manager
Shutters on the Beach
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New York City, New York
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8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed July 14, 2014

My husband and I had our wedding here nearly 7 years ago and to this day, I cannot say enough about how wonderful this hotel is. The service was stellar, the property was stunning, the rooms were splendid, and the entire experience has been permanently etched as fantastic in my heart. We have gone back several times to eat at the restaurant there and have never been disappointed and we recently stayed overnight there to relive that wonderful event and were, as expected, not disappointed.

I'm so happy that they continue to provide the amazing customer service and experience that they did nearly 7 years ago. I can't wait to be able to stay there again. Definitely a must stay if you're visiting Los Angeles. You will not be disappointed!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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GregoryDay, General Manager at Casa del Mar, responded to this review, July 16, 2014
Dear SandieSometimes,

Thank you so much for your "Truly Special" review. We appreciate being a part of your special wedding memories and are glad to hear that you still enjoy returning again and again. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

Sincerely,
Gregory Day, General Manager
Shutters on the Beach
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Property: Casa del Mar
Address: 1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica, CA 90405-1083
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Location: United States > California > Santa Monica > Santa Monica
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Santa Monica
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Monica
#3 Luxury Hotel in Santa Monica
#6 Romantic Hotel in Santa Monica
#9 Family Hotel in Santa Monica
#10 Business Hotel in Santa Monica
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Casa del Mar 5*
Number of rooms: 129
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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