To start, the only reason that I didn't give it 5 stars was I felt a need to knock off a star for value. But if you going here, you aren't looking for value, you are looking for a posh place to lay your head. The other note is regarding Santa Monica in general. Avoid it during the American Film Market weekend if you aren't part of that circus. The place was completely sold out and the lounge was always crowded and noisy.
All that aside, the room we got was great. It was 706, so almost top floor and looking out towards the pier. The sunset and pier at night were great to see. The service was top notch. We had the concierge recommend a restaurant and he suggested something a little further away that wouldn't be as crowded, the Pacific Dining Car (see my review of it for details). The hotel even had a car that took us to the restaurant and picked us up later (Myron, in an Audi A8).
It is not a place for the cost conscious. We had a breakfast included rate, but that just meant they have us a $60 credit for the restaurant or room service. Breakfast ended up being $80+ and $90, and that was for what I would consider an average breakfast (coffee, juice, pancakes/waffles/omlette).
It was definitely worth it for a weekend anniversary get away.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Casa del Mar is located right on the sand in the heart of the Southern California seaside community of Santa Monica, mere steps from the Pacific Ocean on Santa Monica Bay. The hotel is adjacent to the historic Santa Monica Pier, the dynamic Third Street Promenade, Main Street, the elegant shopping and dining areas of Montana Avenue, as well as the gardens, walkways and expansive ocean panoramas of cliff-top Palisades Park. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Del Mar Hotel Santa Monica
- Casa Del Mar Santa Monica