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Cal Mar Hotel Suites
Ranked #27 of 36 Hotels in Santa Monica
Melbourne, Australia
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24 reviews
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“Old World Charm ”
Reviewed 1 November 2013 via mobile

We stayed here on the 27 & 28th of October 2013 and loved this little gem. Don't be deceived by the initial check in desk, it hides the keys to the largest rooms I have stayed in. The all year round heated pool is actually hot and heated not just solar heated. The staff are friendly and welcoming, if your not one for huge flashy expensive hotels this is the perfect place for all, perfect rooms, perfect location, perfect price tag. Loved our stay!

Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Traralgon, Australia
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Reviewed 20 October 2013

Hi we have stayed here 4 times now and it is great place to arrive at the start and finish of your USA holiday, the rooms are of good size staff fantastic and pool great. The location to restaurants, beach, bus stop, Venice beach, Santa Monica pier and the 3rd street promenade is fantastic. We have had no problems at all using this hotel each time we come in from Australia or when we are going home from LA , It is not a 5 star hotel but good for the price for thar area and room size.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Vilnius, Lithuania
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Reviewed 16 October 2013

Good location. That's it. You can hear when your neighbors walking in their room so loud as it was in yours! We woked up in the night from scare what somebody is in our room! But it was just neighbors overhead.
The hotel have own parking place, nobody said that it cost 20 $ per night! it is outrageous and impudently.
No breakfast for such a high price!
I would not stay again for this price. It is overpriced!

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Robert N, General Manager at Cal Mar Hotel Suites, responded to this review, 17 October 2013
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England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 October 2013

We had a great 3 night stay in 2012, so when we were passing through again, we arranged for another stay - this time 4 nights. Once again it was a terrific stay.

Our daughter was a toddler this time, but the apartment was still great - and the pool was used with her every day. We were less flexible with going out to meet friends at restaurants for dinner this time (toddlers don't go down for night sleep in the buggy as easily as babies!), so it was great to be able to invite friends to the apartment for dinner. Kitchen pretty well kitted out, but had to buy a couple of utensils - though I didn't ask at reception whether that had any of the things I needed.

The area is great for non-drivers like us, with enjoyable walks up and down the coast with the buggy.

We stayed on the top floor, and I was fine with going up & down the stairs with the buggy, but others might prefer ground floor.

The bad - well the $10 wifi charge still strikes me as cheeky & overpriced - given it's free at many nearby shops, etc. Also, it was a mini heatwave when we arrived, and the apartment got pretty muggy at times. Still, better than being cold!

Anyway, we'll definitely stay here again the next time we're passing through between UK & NZ.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Robert N, General Manager at Cal Mar Hotel Suites, responded to this review, 17 October 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 6 October 2013

We stayed in Santa Monica in early September and enjoyed five nights at the Cal Mar.

Yes, the apartments are older but they are huge and very clean. We were on the second floor with two balconies and the only negative comment I have is that the apartment had a musty smell when left locked up for the day.

The pool and area surrounding it was lovely and the property offered a coin operated washing machine and dryer.

The location is excellent, a couple of blocks from the beach and a short walk to Third Street Promenade.

The staff are friendly without being 'in your face'.

I would definitely recommend the Cal Mar to family and friends and stay there again.

Room Tip: Pay the extra for the upstairs pool view room with two balconies.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Robert N, General Manager at Cal Mar Hotel Suites, responded to this review, 17 October 2013
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 26 September 2013

We had a great week at the Cal Mar and would commend it to friends and family. Yes, the decor is a it dated but it is a small hotel with all units close to the pool which is great for kids. We found the fold out sofa bed a bit saggy so ended up putting the mattress on the floor. The staff are helpful and friendly and there is so much to do within walking distance. Plenty of shopping on the Third St Promenade and lots of restaurants, bars and cares close by too. Plus it is an easy walk to the beach and pier. Thanks for helping making our holiday so memorable!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Robert N, General Manager at Cal Mar Hotel Suites, responded to this review, 17 October 2013
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Reviewed 14 September 2013 via mobile

The suites are very spacious. The staff are lovely. The swimming pool is very nice. Location within minutes from beach or 3rd street.
BUT incredibly noisy street next to the bedroom, couldnt sleep past 4 am on both nights. When I decided to have a nap to catch up at 3 pm, it was impossible due to the noise coming from people walking in the suite upstairs. Bring ear plugs.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Property: Cal Mar Hotel Suites
Address: 220 California Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90403-3606
Region: United States > California > Santa Monica > Santa Monica
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#19 Business Hotel in Santa Monica
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3 star — Cal Mar Hotel Suites 3*
Number of rooms: 36
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