Cal Mar Hotel Suites
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... grow quickly before someone else copies you and takes the market.
I guess it is the population density, but some of the chains have become so specialised, it can be hard to believe. We've seen chains here focused on cheese steaks, party balloons, pretzels, Indian American beads, comics, lumber liquidators, vitamins, coats, fishing outfitters and Fatburgers (truth in advertising).
... the beach is beautiful so it's ideal for people watching. There was a sick skateboarding area where I was staring at boarders I'm not going to lie. That night I went to watch another friend at a cool piano bar. Being English I didn't know what was going on when my friend just gave her keys to some random man on the parking lot. I was like are you giving this man the keys to your car why? It was a valet whoops! Little embarrassed there. The display of piano skills was ...
... yellow as more in keeping with the area. Secondly, each of the streets are lines by a different tree and not one is like. Lastly, there are gates alleyways behind the houses so the garbage trucks don't go up the roads!!! We then went down Rodeo Drive and spotted a nice car. This trip saved for New Years Day and lunch before we travel home! Down to Santa Monica Pier and a stroll along the Pier and beach. The Pier can only be likened to Brighton pier on speed on ...
We headed out early to try and beat some of the traffic - as being Australian how are we supposed to know that this is one of two of the worst days to travel!! (due to thanksgiving on Thursday) that & the outlet malls called! Believe it or not I walked out empty handed whilst my husband spent up a storm! Did you know that Levis originated in San Francisco?? Anyhow by the time we'd had lunch & hit the road again the ...
... get over is is November and still so hot!. We actually arrived on the first night quite late but managed to negoitate the busy LA traffic with the Jeep 4x4 that we have rented and Ben's quality driving! By the time we got to out hotel at 11pm we were both exhausted but still managed to do some celebrity spotting- we saw Michael Imperioli (Chris in the Sporanos) going into the coffee shop next our hotel at 11.30pm at night ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Cal Mar Hotel Suites Santa Monica
Pleasant and homey; a little shabby
I stayed here in May with my husband and one-year old son. Fabulous location - easy walk to the beach, the Promenade, parks and playgrounds, grocery store, etc. Nice landscaped grounds and pool, but the rooms (actually small apartments) are very dated. Clean but in need of an update. Staff was great. Free parking a major bonus. It kind of felt like we were staying in a relative's apartment, rather than a hotel. Two story with no elevator, so stroller-pushers beware!
Stayed in the Cal Mar appts from 30th march until 13th april 2004. Just me and my 16 yo son and a friend. When we arrived the staff on check in were friendly and helpful. First impressions of the Cal Mar were that it was a clean, cosy oasis of appts surrounding a courtyard which is full of plants and a clean warm pool. These first impressions lasted the duration of our stay, and the apptwas clean and well furnished and the maid attended everyday leaving the appt spotless.The appts are only a few minutes walk from the beach, and situated about one block from the third street promenade.It couldn't be in a better location.
First, thank you to the other reviewers, who provided a very accurate assessment of the Cal Mar.
Great location- Good price
This place is nothing fancy, but for the location and price I would visit again. The big drawback was getting a room facing an alley.
Garbage pickups and dropoffs can be a little noisy. I live in the city, so it wasn't a huge problem, but it did get me up early on one day.
Having a full kitchen was nice and this place would probably be a good option for families since the rooms are so big.
This is a converted apartment..So you can have a private bedroom and kitchen..The bathroom is great! Good water pressure and built in heater! my only complaint is the walls need a little spackle!
I booked a one bedroom suite on the basis of the reviews here and the free on-site parking. On arrival, it was a pretty smooth check-in process despite the late arrival and the doziness of the person who checked us in. The rooms (living room, bedroom and kitchen) were extremely spacious and I was on the higher floor. The close proximity (5 minutes) to Third Street Promenade was fantastic and staying this side (Barnes & Noble/Banana Repulic end) rather than the other noisier side of the Promenade (Broadway) was definitely a plus side. It's also pretty convenient from California Av to get to Wilshire Boulevard(Westwood/Hollywood)/Santa Boulevard (Interstate 10). I would recommend this to families though bear in mind that I did not see a lift service and there is no air-conditioning.However, the air-conditioning is probably not as important since being so near the beach, opening the windows provided plenty of fresh air.
We stayed at the Cal Mar for a 4 day weekend Aug. 22 - 25, 2003 and had a lovely experience. The room (really a suite with separate bedroom, dining room and living room) was VERY large with plenty of closet space and a gas stove in the kitchen. Kitchen was fairly well appointed with utensils, dishes etc., however no irons or blowdryers, so bring your own. Clearly these were apartments before they were a charming hotel.
We stayed at the Cal Mar from 17 to 19 August 2003 and I have to say it was one of the worst places I have ever stayed in!
Great! Great! Great!
This place in an such an excellent locale, AND the apartment I had was wonderful! All of them face the pool and are fully equiped for living.The only problem was that a friend called quite a few times and we never got the messages.
Great place to stay especially with older children
We stayed at the Calmar Hotel in Santa Monica for a week in April. It was great staying in an actual suite with kitchen facilities as our teenagers seem to always need to be eating. It is definitely an older hotel and a bit run down but it is very clean and the price is right. Also an excellent location in a quiet residential area, close to the ocean and a block away from the 3rd street promenade. Staff was very friendly and accommodating. Walls are also a bit thin but after a funfilled, sunfilled busy day out and about, once we were sleeping we never heard a thing. The courtyard with the pool is very nice. When I return to L.A. I will definitely stay there again. Thanks Calmar.