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“Taste of Old Santa Monica”
Review of Casa del Mar

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Casa del Mar
Ranked #4 of 36 Hotels in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence
New York City, New York
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17 reviews
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“Taste of Old Santa Monica”
Reviewed 16 May 2014

The Casa del Mar is a wonderful trip back in time to the days of old Santa Monica. You really get the feeling of being in a high end hotel with all the services and comforts that you can imagine. The decor is just stunning for a Southern California hotel. Be sure to sit at the pool and have a drink in the lobby bar area that overlooks the ocean. The loby bar was recently renovated and it is just spectacular! The pool if very nice as well although it is a little small and can get crowded. In addition you are a short drive to Beverly Hills if you want to experience the shopping and have a glass of wine at the Montage, another favorite hotel of mine!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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jbarela, General Manager at Casa del Mar, responded to this review, 20 May 2014
Dear James S.
Thank you so much for the perfect review of Hotel Casa del Mar! I'm glad you enjoyed the service and decor, especially our brand new space, Terrazza. We are so excited to be sharing this spectacular ocean view cafe & lounge with our guests!

Sincerely,
James Barela, General Manager
Hotel Casa del Mar
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Reviewed 4 May 2014 via mobile

Undergoing some renovations in lobby and lounge area which undermines the experience. Lounge is extremely loud at all time but deafening in the evening when packed with people. Catch restaurant is open to the lounge area which made an expensive dinner experience feel like a night out at a fraternity bar. (There was a high school reunion in the lounge). Otherwise the accommodations are wonderful. I would make to wait till the renovations are complete and eat your foodie meals elsewhere.

Stayed May 2014
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco
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Reviewed 1 May 2014

My wife spent five days in february at this hotel and she was very happy with her stay.
Last year in november i was at the shutter on the beach and i was looking to compare the two hotels performances.
Definitely room space,bathroom amenities, comfort and decor are better at the Casa del Mar.
Unfortunately, apart the good service for breakfast at their restaurant, the rest was not at the same level of Shutters.
Housekeeping not consistent, very poor pool service, the main lobby and lounge under refurbishment did not make my stay at the level i was expecting.
Pity as this building has a great potential!

Room Tip: Refurbishment work should last until end of may. Better if you call before booking to know latest o...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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New York
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Reviewed 30 April 2014

Ordered coffee for 2, and some croissants and toasted bread..room service.. they ask how many croissants? a couple some bread and coffee, we are 2. Bill on the way out comes:
8 dlls for each croissant and for the toast! so one very expensive "not even breakfast": = $51 dlls!! not even a continental breakfast : no fruit no juice, Nooo just bread and coffee…

Plus $25 dlls for parking, plus, plus, plus… not worth the price.. basically there is nothing else.. so you over pay for what you get.. not to mention the noise, the band in the lobby.. the repairs.. unless you are getting a discounted rate for some reason like corporate rate its not worth it ..or get breakfast included in your rate..

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Calgary
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

Unbelievable!!! Casa del Mar staff were outstanding!!! Very easy going and THE FOOD.... OUT OF THIS WORLD!!! Front Desk staff...Energetic,Very knowlegeable and fun. Very easy to get around.
great entertainment on Saturday nights.
got to love the little teddy bears they left on the bed!
I will return!
I would love to hear the history behind the building.

Room Tip: if you like using the pool stay on floor 5.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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White Plains, New York
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Reviewed 25 April 2014

Ok, disclaimer - I haven't stayed overnight in this hotel, but my wife and I have logged many hours in their lobby and CATCH restaurant - unless it's crowded, the lobby bar is a great, relaxing place to have a drink and admire the view (which is much nicer now that they've opened up the wall behind the bar with huge windows overlooking the beach!) The bartenders are polite and attentive (their Pear martini is very refreshing) and the bar food is fresh and good. The hotel's gift shop has wonderful beachwear, T-shirts, etc. and the woman who runs it is so warm and friendly. The Catch restaurant next to the bar offers great seafood in a light and airy setting. As you might expect this isn't cheap, but few great things are - especially in California!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 17 April 2014

We had a lovely stay in a gorgeous, peaceful suite and the only disappointing thing is that the hotel is undergoing some renovations so there was plastic sheeting blocking the view from the lobby and bar and scaffolding outside our window. The staff couldn't have been nicer and the food in the restaurant was wonderful.

Room Tip: Some ocean view rooms also overlook the pool which might get noisy. A corner room would be optimal.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Casa del Mar
Address: 1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica, CA 90405-1083
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Region: United States > California > Santa Monica > Santa Monica
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Santa Monica
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Monica
#4 Luxury Hotel in Santa Monica
#6 Romantic Hotel in Santa Monica
#9 Family Hotel in Santa Monica
#10 Business Hotel in Santa Monica
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Casa del Mar 5*
Number of rooms: 129
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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