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So, after much deliberation we decided not to drive the whole of the coast road / Route 1 / Pacific Coastal Highway or whatever you wish to call it. We don't have enough time to enjoy it properly so we are going to save that bit for our next visit. Apparently you want to allow about 11 hours driving and there is so much to see you want to enjoy it …
... won't happen. But after 30 miles of constant bends there was a respite at the only Bar/restuarant on the road. crowded with bikes it seemed it was made for bikes in summer and skiing in winter just a fun road no other purpose as there were no towns only a few chairlifts. After resting the wrists and watering up it was off for another 25mies of bends and regular ...
... terrace of an Italian restaurant Il Pastaio (Thanks, Hecky and Melissa for the suggestion ) where you could see perfectly the atmosphere of the street in Beverly Hills. In this restaurant for the first time in many days, we ate delicious bread and a proper espresso.
Last thing on the list in movie-world: Go to Hollywood to take a picture of the Hollywood sign and stroll along the Hall of Fame. Done. ...
... bar so we settle at a table and order drinks and some potato wedges. We have about 1.5 hours till we board our flight.
We spend the time just drinking, eating, relaxing, updating the blog, and Suz did a little bit of duty free shopping.
As it turns out, our plane is slightly delayed due to the plane beforehand being late to depart (Virgin flight to Sydney), however we get away at about 12.30am (California time).
The flight ...
... as 13 years ago with their strange mix of items for sale, from shorts to decorated skulls.
We saw a very funny street show incorporating hiphop and gymnastics where tourists were jumped over by the artists who then relieved us of donations. As amounts were handed into the bucket they asked where you came from and announced to general applause - that our donation had come form Toronto! - not quite ...
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- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Fitness/Health center
Casa is beautiful, there is very little extra that you could hope for except the noise travelling from other rooms - we could hear the shower / bath running in a neighbouring room and guests above us stomping around like a herd of elephants. Other than that we were delighted, particularly with the bar where I could have spent many more hours than the many hours I did spend there
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We spent three horrible nights in this hotel and will never go back. The staff was horribly rude, the hotel is in poor condition and the noise is absolutely intolerable. We have stayed at all of the top hotels in Los Angeles so I feel that we have a pretty good basis for comparison. This place was worse than staying at a Motel 6 on a busy freeway. We changed rooms 3 times and were still unhappy with the noise level. In one room, the floor was vibrating and there was a very loud noise coming from below. It turned out that we were above the furnace room. In another room, we could hear everything that was going on in the lobby (music, talking, etc.). Finally, we ended up in a room where we could hear everything that was going on in the room next door. We complained to the manager who did not care in the least. Then I wrote to the President of the Leading Hotels of the World and received a reply that they knew about the noise problems and sort of apologized. Very unsatisfactory and I would never stay there again. I'd give it no stars if that was an option.
This is a first-class hotel and without doubt one of the best locations in Santa Monica. Before arriving I was concerned by some of the negative reports I'd read about "unhelpful staff." This was not my experience. All the hotel staff were fabulous in every way. The rooms are wonderful and very well equiped. The pool on the 5th floor is a great place to relax and enjoy the great views over Santa Monica beach and pier. Fabulous sunsets! I spent 7 nights here and enjoyed every minute. The only negative aspect is Los Angeles itself. I don't think that LA lives up to the expectations of many first time visitors overall. Expect constant hassle from beggars and drunks. Clearly, this is a major problem that needs to be addressed by the city authorities. Hollywood is tremendously overrated - just like Blackpool only less interesting! Venice Beach is a great place to explore on foot and the drive along Mulholland drive is a must.
I stayed at Casa Del Mar in September, it was horrible. the staff was slow to respond and appeared distant, maybe a language problem. Although the hotel is advertised as a "non-smoking hotel", all lies. With my allergies, a total sleepness nite. Try Shutters next door or Loews, much nicer and cleaner.
How anyone could write a negative review about this hotel is beyond me! We spent three nights at the Casa Del Mar which is a beautiful hotel, in a perfect location,and on a great beach. Our room was amazing with the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in and a wonderful view of the Santa Monica Pier and beach. The fitness center is well equipped and well worth a visit. All staff were very pleasant, courteous and accomodating. Also, don't miss breakfast in the restaurant - great food great view. I wouldn't hesitate to go back there should I have the chance. A+
The hotel is way overated, the staff is not friendly, their rates are outrageous. Try the Radisson Huntley on second street, their staff is much friendlier.
Beautiful, But Lacking Hotel
Casa del Mar is a beautiful hotel but seriously lacking in a number of ways. While the price is reasonable by LA/Santa Monica standards, the rooms are small. While the bathrooms are well appointed, they are almost as large as the sleeping area. Also, with a hotel boasting such wonderful views of the ocean from the back, there are no balconies and only patios are available on pool level. I would suggest stopping by the hotel for a drink in the beautiful bar, and the food is great. The service is also top-notch.
There are many hotels in the Beverly Hills area that are comparable in price and offer many more amenities. And with the traffic, don't be fooled by the spin that its a short drive to Beverly Hills or Hollywood; you will need to plan about 30+ minutes.
Can't Wait to Come Back
We stayed here in July & it was fantastic. Everyone at the hotel was very nice & they weren't giving fake smiles. The (heated) pool is on the 5th floor (as I recall) and the view from the deck was amazing. The hotel is within walking distance from Santa Monica Pier and Malibu is just north along Pacific Coast Highway. LA & Beverly Hills are only a short drive away. The room, painted in a soft yellow, was large with a very nice spa-tub bathroom. Valet was a bit pricey, but convenient. The hotel was beautiful, especially at night, but expect to dish out a lot of cash to stay here. But it's well worth the money! We're from Michigan & we loved our stay here! One last thing--way too many bums along Santa Monica Beach.
Wonderful feel @ atmosphere
this is our favorite spot for an accross-town getaway. great location on beach but not too near the bustle of 3rd St.
my favorite part is the laid-back fresh feel of the rooms. i don't know, something about the colors, or is it the reading chaise, or is it the jet-tub? we get the ocean view and often don't bother leaving.
Fun at the house of the sea
The Casa Del Mar is a great hotel! Our room was great, as well... Had large living area, jacuzzi, big bedroom, and well-stocked minibar. Pool area with phone lines dedicated to service areas of the hotel were a plus. Also, ocean views were good from this elevated pool area. While the majority of the staff was warm and friendly, the clerk that checked us in was overly businesslike. Otherwise, it was great!
While on a business trip this week to Santa Monica, and looking for a nice hotel for a future vacation I called at this hotel for a look around and a brochure. The hotel did not inspire from the outside, a derelict lot is right next door, but inside looked fine if a little stuffy.At reception I asked the young lady for a brochure and rates. She informed me there was no brochure and handed me a rate card. No effort was made to welcome me or was I asked had I any questions.After a brief look around, I did not see a swimming pool or garden area so I ventured back to reception. This time a different older woman was on duty, after giving me the mandatory forced one second smile asked me could she help. I asked her was there a pool and she replied there was on the 5th floor, for guests! Did she think I was going to entertain all of Santa Monica at their pool?For the rate they charge they should send their front office staff to the nearest charm school as soon as possible. I will not be back.Try the Viceroy across the street, not on the beach, but staff much more friendly, and its a lot more competitive.