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“Lovely and Expensive”
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Casa del Mar
Ranked #3 of 36 Hotels in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence
Warwick, United Kingdom
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257 reviews
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“Lovely and Expensive”
Reviewed 31 May 2012

Casa del Mar is wonderfully situated looking over the extensive beach at Santa Monica. I had a beautiful room looking straight to the sea, and in an ideal spot to watch the beautiful people (and some not so beautiful) maintaining their fitness regime. However you need to be very careful which room you get. Whilst the hotel may be in a great situation it appears that many of the room have partial sea view at best and some on the ground floor have no view at all. It would be a shame to come somewhere like this and have no view. On the other hand there is potentially a very serious price increment to have room with a view. One of my party was quoted $200 to upgrade their room! And here is the big downside. This hotel has a bit of star factor in a town full of stars so the prices match. A cup of tea and a muffin for breakfast - $27. So if money is no object - make sure you get sea view room and you will have great time. If you are watching the cents you are going to be better off somewhere else.

Room Tip: Floor 3 or above and check how far down the side of the hotel you are
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 30 May 2012

I was travelling with two colleagues from work. We took a 3 bedroom suite which was in fact 3 separate rooms that could be shut off from the hall. The combination worked out at similar to 3 separate rooms.
We arrived early evening on a Friday and were immediately impressed by the lobby bar, which has a great vibe and decor. Like an upmarket bar I'd seen on American TV shows. We dumped our gear in the room and headed back down to the bar for a few snacks. It was a real introduction to American hospitality and friendliness, 3 days of meeting people, hanging at the beach and this hotel has convinced me the extra distance to Santa Monica is well worth the effort.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled on business
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 28 May 2012

One of the best lobby lounges in Los Angeles. Friday nights the lobby at Casa del Mar gets packed with a sophisticated, good looking crowd ready to watch the sun set over the Pacific while having drinks and listening to live music. The lobby itself is gorgeous, elegant and reminiscent of old Los Angeles and Hollywood's golden age. The view of Santa Monica Beach, palm trees and the Santa Monica Pier is to die for. The food is excellent, they have a great selection of tapas and some bigger dishes from their acclaimed restaurant "Catch" - I highly recommend the charcuterie and the five cheese plate. The wine list is good, many California and international options. The live music is fantastic, fun, classic, upbeat and sophisticated, and there are always couples dancing which adds to the already fun atmosphere. This is a fantastic place to spend a beautiful Friday evening. Sit and watch the sunset, have a glass of wine, enjoy the music and the crowd and have a great time!

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Los Angeles
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Reviewed 21 May 2012

I had my wedding at Casa Del Mar. From the perspective of catering, Casa Del Mar is 5+ stars. Their catering department is simply impeccable and wonderful to work with. However, as this is trip advisor, I am simply writing this from the perspective of my stay.

Our stay was great. The room was beautiful and clean and the bed was so comfy. As there was a wedding the night before ours, I was concerned about noise after reading the trip advisor reviews. However, I didn't hear anything.

For the most part, the staff was great. The valets in particular were awesome and were friendly and efficient. The only reason I'm giving the hotel four stars instead of five is their front desk. It's very hit or miss-some of the people at the front desk are exceptionally nice. However, the person who checked me in had a definite attitude.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 May 2012

Being a Leading Hotel of the World, I expected this to be a great experience. Probably the best thing about the hotel was it's location--in the middle of things, but just enough removed. I was able to walk to the Pier, the 3rd Street Promenade, etc but never felt like I was stick in the middle of a tourist trap. A little more old school than the equally charming Shutters on the Beach next door, the pool provided awesome views of the Pacific.
My biggest complaint was that I checked in as a member of the Leaders Club, and was not truly afforded by membership benefits. Otherwise, it was an overall excellent and relaxing few days in Santa Monica.

Room Tip: Floor 5 is the pool level.
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Casa del Mar

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:
#1 Spa Hotel in Santa Monica
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Monica
#3 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 (per night): ₹ 37,326 - ₹ 68,260
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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