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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Jw Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot Hotel Santa Monica
- Marriott Santa Monica
- Santa Monica Marriott