I travel to Santa Monica to visit my family several times during the year. The Cal Mar is my go to place for extended stay. Its a great location within walking distance to to the promenade, beach and the farmers market. I like getting up in the am and not having to go to a restaurant for breakfast. Yes the hotel is older but it is very servicable and the staff are exceptional, helpful and friendly. Holly at the desk is super and made sure we got everything we needed.
The cleaning staff was great. The maintenance man even got me a new lightbulb so I could shave in the am. Bathrooms are smaller, as most hotels had in the 60's but clean, no mold and fine and worked well, but only for one person at a time.
The appliances are older and the 80's tube Sony TVs are not flatscreens, but we dont go there to watch tv. (However, a flatscreen would save them a lot of electricity and maintenance, hint,,, hint)The heated pool was clean and great and I even used it this time. The couryard has nice flowers and you can even see the hummingbirds flitting about. Too bad their insurance made them fence in the pool, it was nicer on our prior visits. Maybe they can change that somehow in the future, as we really liked that retro ambiance.
The fridge was clean and the appliances all were in working order. Its nice to be able to grab a quick breakfast. I have stayed in most of the hotels in SM and yes you can get a more modern room, but its twice the price and no cooking.
The only drawbacks were that there is a central courtyard where sound echoes, so choose a room carefully. However, everyone was quiet most nights except for one night a rude cell phone user outside our room woke us up. The only issue is (and I agree with another reviewer), they need better blinds to filter out the hall lighting at night and the morning sun.
We opt for the junior suite which is very spacious and much bigger that some other hotels we have stayed at. I wish they had a monthly rate, since now that I am retired I could see myself staying there comfortably for an extended time. I don't need a marble bathroom and glass doors, so its a good value IMHO, especially for kids. I will be bringing my kids and grandkids back in September for sure,,,,,
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- Also Known As:
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- Cal Mar Santa Monica