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... on our Breakfast Buffet. After freshening up we decided to check out Downtown Santa Monica and the shops on 3rd St Promenade. We happened to come across the local farmers market and couldn't believe how big the tomatoes were. We walked through them and headed to the beach were we got our first glance of the ocean. I promised the children a ride on the roller coaster on the pier to wake them up. As ...
... beautiful beach. The light was perfect and the tall palm trees stood out in the blue sky. We love the palm trees of Southern California.
We have not talked much about the people that we see and the truth is that you can find some weird people in California. It's probably because there are many who still retain the hippie spirit, as was the case of a guy we met today who had spent the ...
... check-in which take about 20 minutes to get to the counter.
But the lady at the counter says that we need to report the passport as lost/stolen to the police which will then put a report into the system so Immigration will see it. So Suz, stands back with the luggage, and Gav goes off to dial 911 on is mobile phone to report the passport as lost/stolen.
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... Buzz Lightyear ride (you had laser guns and had to help Buzz defeat Zurg, needless to say my gun was defective!) We have spent the last few days relaxing on Venice Beach (where the famous Muscle Beach is found) and exploring Santa Monica Pier. To say that Venice beach is an 'interesting and exotic place', would probably be an understatement! A bizarre collection of human beings; ...
... the part of the city I thought was mainly filled with people on vacation is where she lives.
We headed out with Abegail on arrival back in Los Feliz after she kindly picked us up again. She took us to a place in downtown called 'Coles’ apparently voted the number one bar in LA. We had a good chat about music and all manner of things. We ended up having a boogie at dive bar afterwards before calling it a night about 1.30am.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
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.