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“Good location, great staff, but not a standout in this area”

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JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot
Ranked #17 of 36 Hotels in Santa Monica
Reviewed 20 January 2012

First off, I strongly recommend to friends or family who want to visit Los Angeles to base themsevles in Santa Monica. It really gives you the best base to explore from; the beach nearby, great air quality, tons of restaurants, great theaters, and also (importantly) not everything is super pretentious and "velvet-rope" infested (I'm looking at you WeHo).

As a former resident, its always weird to go back and visit LA on business. Things change a lot, I've seen neighborhoods rise, fall, and rise again. But Santa Monica has always been very reliable. Just trendy enough, not so trendy that it becomes passe.

So you picked Santa Monica for your trip, which hotel. This hotel is not a bad choice, is sort of splits the difference in a lot of way. Its not too hip, not too expensive, but also not too memorable.

Location within Santa Monica is good. Very short walk to Third Street, pretty short walk to Main Street, short walk to the Pier, everything within arms reach. Check.

Staff is also excellent. They go above expectations for this type of property, I think. Lots of genuine hellos and conversation. Good job.

On the negative side, while you'd THINK a hotel in this spot has lots of great beach views, it doesn't. Only a few rooms have good ocean / pier views (ask for one!) but even then, the windows are sealed shut, no great sea breezes and salt air to inspire.

Rooms are OK, pretty generic overall. Amenities are as expected. Public spaces are a bit more inspiring that the rooms themselves. Housekeeping was not flawless (room had a few rough edges).

Le Merigot is classified as a JW Marriot, but if you compare it to the one downtown, this is a lot less new & shiny & hip. To me its more of a good solid Marriott, not so much a JW.

This is also not a bad choice if you have status with Marriot chain. I have a gold status and they recognized this, gave me a slightly upgraded room and comped the internet. All as they should!

Anyway, love Santa Monica, this place is totally servicable and the staff go above and beyond. If you want to splurge on something memorable, look into Shutters or something else, knowing that you'll pay a bit more.

Room Tip: Only a few with solid ocean views, higher floors X03-X05 have the most direct views from my experien...
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 7 January 2012

Stayed here will attending the Rose Bowl. We choose it for the location which is great. Near beach, shopping and restaurants. Cora's is a block away! The staff was friendly and attentive. The rooms were a clean but a little worn for a hotel at this level. The windows do not open. The Cezanne restaurant food was good. The pool area has many levels and a lot of nooks and crannies for relaxing with some privacy. Very little noise between rooms. Since this hotel was part of our package I don't know what we paid-probably too much. I would not pay more that $300 a night should I visit again. Even that is a lot but the location is great. I would check out other hotels in the area to compare.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 January 2012

I read the reviews before staying at this hotel for 4 nights in early December. The staff were attentive and very personable; however, it seemed as though they lacked the professionalism and knowledge that other solid 4 star hotels such as the Fairmont have. Speaking to one doorman, I thought I was staying at a regular Marriott. Remember this place is $350+ per night during low season.

The views from the room were disappointing as the beach front condo directly in front blocked most of the view of the ocean. There was no balcony as has been stated previously. The hotel room bathroom was very nice with all the marble tile, but I couldn't help but say on more than occasion it would be nice to have heated tiles as they were very cold at night and in the morning.

The restaurant staff did whatever it took to make our meal enjoyable and it is one of the few hotel restaurants that actually use real silver plated cutlery. Excellent food.

I was a little disappointed that the business center charged to use the Internet to look up a restaurant.

Great location and the hotel was well maintained.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 January 2012

from a well known property ? Location is good and the public areas are ok but I have to say the pool scene is disappointing (water is TOO COLD) while the open air gym is still too hot to be enjoyable (even with the fans). For the price, there are other options.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 December 2011

I've stayed here before when I was not able to get a room at another beach front hotel but this time I booked one of their suites...it was perfect. Great balcony with lounge chairs and awesome view. I hosted a little cocktail party in the suite and had the hotel cater it. They did a great job and all the food was well prepared...and they did it at the last minute. That's the JW Marriott way of doing things...putting the guest first and being as accommodating as possible. From now on, I won't stay at the other Santa Monica beach hotels, even if they are trendier. For me it's all about the staff, service, food and clean/ comfy rooms. This JW property had it all!

  • Stayed: December 2011
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Reviewed 29 December 2011

Rooms need to be updated.
Lobby small, but funky furniture throughout!
Staff helpful and literally "at your service."
Our room was large (we had 2 rollaway beds with lots of space to move around in) and a fantastic view of the Ocean!
Room service was fast, hot and delicious each time.
Will stay again.

Room Tip: Ask for a high floor with a window that opens or balcony.
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 November 2011

The staff at this hotel is absolutely fantastic. They are all very personable and professional. However, this hotel is over-rated. I am disappointed to see that Marriott rates this as a Category 7. The rooms are outdated and mine had peeling wallpaper, a desk chair with torn leather and a phone with a missing cord -- NOT what I expect in a Category 7. This is very close to the beach and the website advertises it as "steps from the sand" and a "luxury oasis". However, the first room they gave us had a window that did not open! Apparently, many of the hotel rooms have windows that do not open, which seems a bit ridiculous at a hotel so close to the water. They were able to move me to a room which had a sliding glass door with a patio. This hotel does not have a lot of real estate. The pool and outdoor areas are quite small. Be sure to lower your expectations from what the website says.

Room Tip: Request a room with a window that opens!
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot

Address: 1740 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Region: United States > California > Santa Monica > Santa Monica
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Spa Hotel in Santa Monica
#11 Luxury Hotel in Santa Monica
#14 Business Hotel in Santa Monica
#19 Family Hotel in Santa Monica
Price Range: £297 - £507 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot 4*
Number of rooms: 175
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot is contemporary European-style hotel overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean. We are a top choice among hotels near Santa Monica Boulevard and the Santa Monica Pier, offering accommodations that are steps from the beach and fantastic shopping, and situated just 5 miles from J. Paul Getty Museum in Pacific Palisades, California. ... more   less 
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