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1910 Ocean Way (Santa Monica)
Santa Monica, CA
(1) 310-581-5533 | www.hotelcasadelmar.com
FOODCatch - breakfast, lunch, dinner; 24-hour room service
DRINKThe Veranda - specialty martini menu; Lobby Lounge - jazz in evenings, Sunday "Bubbly Brunch"
ROOMSOld school luxury with a slightly New England beachside feel
PRICE (STANDARD DOUBLE)USD 365
YEAR OPENED1925 (renovated in 1999)
# OF ROOMS129
CONNECTIVITYYes - Wi-Fi available
GYMYes - including outdoor pool
SPAYes - Sea Wellness Spa
Immaculately preserved 1920s art deco beach villa tastefully done up in a "summer resort" style. Rooms are open, light, airy, decently sized, and divine. The crowd is definitely more "sophisticate" than "beach bunny," though access to the beach is stellar, and the U-shaped building guarantees that most rooms have great ocean views. The service can be stiff and even unpolished (we found), but the swish facilities are superlative.
GO HERE WITH
A beau – for a très grownup weekend à deux.
WHY WE LIKE IT
You can drink in the Santa Monica sun and sand without needing to blend with a Malibu Barbie identikit crowd. This place is great for grownups.
AMENITY WE LOVE
Hydrotherapy bath tubs in every room.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
The grumpy-ish service.
GOOD TO KNOW
Santa Monica attractions, like Main Street and the Santa Monica Pier, are within walking distance. Business travelers may want to head elsewhere; this is primarily an R&R destination. On a side note, we liked the homey and more casual (less crowded) atmosphere at this property a bit better than the more famous, and arguably more posh, neighboring Shutters on the Beach (sister property). Casa del Mar is a member of Leading Hotels of the World.
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Read more about Casa del Mar in The Diary
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