Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows
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Historical Traveler Reviews Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows Santa Monica
We stayed at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica in late July and early August 2003. First, we stayed on the 3rd Floor of the Tower at a rate of $219 a night and was impressed by the view of the ocean and by the airy feel of the room. Later, we stayed on the 6th floor of the Tower, which did not have such a great view due to the angle of the room. We paid twenty dollars more for the room on the 6th floor but enjoyed our third floor room more. (The only thing extra we received for twenty extra dollars was a turndown service, which we are not crazy about.) On the whole, we had a very relaxing time and enjoyed are stay at the Miramar. Next time, we want to try an ocean view room in the Palisades Building, or a bungalow.
Most of the hotel staff was friendly and courteous, especially the bellhops. Jose, one of the bellhops, was especially wonderful. The front desk staff was not as friendly, but they were polite. (The bellhops should be running the place.)
To get to the beach, we only had to cross Ocean Blvd, walk a few minutes through Palisades Park (along Ocean Blvd) and walk across the short overpass (over the Pacific Coast Highway). The beach is basically across the street. We enjoyed walks on the beach everyday.
The hotel is conveniently located near the Third Street Promenande which features shops and places to eat. For the best food, walk to the Border Grill on Fourth (at Broadway). Wild Oats (a large health food supermarket) is a few blocks away at Fifth and Wilshire. There is a hip vegetarian joint on Santa Monica Blvd and Fifth called Real Food.
Please be advised that the Hertz rental car establishment located at the Fairmont only provides high-end, large luxury vehicles. If you are not interested in renting a overpriced luxury vehichle (which are not smart to drive in some LA neighborhoods because you stick out like a total flashy loser), we recommend calling another rental car company, a few of which will come to pick you up (like Budget). Just be aware that you will have to pay 20 dollars a day to park the car at the Fairmont.
Nice Common Areas; Small Rooms in Tower
Stayed in the tower in April 2003. It appears the tower was recently renovated; our room (2 double beds) was in good condition, but was small.
The grounds are very nice, the location to downtown Santa Monica is good, and service was efficient. The restaurant (can't remember the name), had the typically price-inflated breakfast menu (breakfast for two, all in, $35).
It being LA, all guests have cars. That means you'll be paying $20/day for valet parking, which was run very efficiently. Also note that high-speed internet access runs $20/day.
A Wonderful Hotel- wil definately be back
My husband and I stayed there on 7/20 and it exceeded our expectations.
The grounds were beautiful and well maintained. Our room was terrific w/down comforter, bose stereo/CD player and a great ocean view. The room service breakfast was great too- eggs weren't runny, meat and potatoes weren't greasy and the OJ was delicious. The location is great- we were able to walk to shopping, resturaunts, the pier and beach. The staff was friendly and helpful. My husband and I look young for our ages and aren't flashy dressers- yet we encountered no stuffy-ness or attitude. We were very happy with our stay and will be back.
Was Treated Rudely for No Justibiable Reason
My husband and I stayed in Santa Monica's Fairmont Hotel for a three day conference with for my broker/dealer. On the third day, the hotel informed us that we were being evicted from our room and that we were not covered for that evening, after locking us out of our room. They were giving our room to another party. After hours of delay, and having to prove that we were registered for that evening, we were asked to go move all of our belongings and go to another room on another floor, right in the middle of our needing to get ready for a gala that evening. We were treated rudely, and lied to. The front desk claimed to call our conference planner and ask about our reservations, which they said was denied, when in fact it was not. We were humiliated and spent several hours of misery. Additionally, I would like to add that I slipped in the tub, which was incredibly slippery without a mat. The spigot came out of the side of the tub, instead of the end, and I could not stop very hot water from pouring from it while the shower was running. I was scalded upon slipping by that water coming from that faucet. I have never before slipped in a shower. We will never return to this hotel. There were no apologies, nor concessions made to us.
Elegant but not stuffy
We stayed in an Ocean View room with a private balcony looking towards the pier and a King Size Bed, seating area but a smaller bathroom than we were expecting. The total rate was £152.85 a night for the 3 nights over a weekend. Santa Monica was not on the beach as we presumed but set back from the freeway that separates the two. However this place grows on you and the people are classy and friendly. Spend a day at the beach and watch the American Picnic - it is a sight to be believed when you see how muc food and drink arrives! Also, Venice Beach is as nuts as you can imagine but a great place to spend some time chilling and people watching. Ate dinner in Ocean - a few blocks down from the hotel. It was wonderful and we staggered out much later having eaten far too much wonderful seafood. Watch out though, to ask for a break between the appetizer and entree!If you are served with too much food anywhere, ask for a takeout and give it to one of the hundreds of homeless along the front - seems to be a local tradition. There are lots and lots of homeless here but they never beg and never hassle so far less intimidating than you would expect.The pier is overrated and feels like an American Blackpool which tends to feel quite edgy later on as the gangs gather.
Enjoyed our stay
My wife and I just spent a night in Santa Monica at the Fairmont Hotel before heading out to Palm Desert. The Hotel has a great location for shopping and the beach. We were upgraded to a suite on the main floor of six-story historical Palisades wing. We had just a slight view of the gardens and pool but the room was full of sunlight. And the bed was wonderful! Great location, good service, nice room, pool, and gardens we would consider returning again.
The Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica is a really nice hotel. My family stayed in a bungalow around the pool. Our room had french doors that let out to a small patio surrounded with rose bushes. The landscaping was beautiful, the service was great; and the hotel is across the street from Palisades Park. When we arrived our room was not ready, so we were treated to drinks at the bar while we waited for 20 minutes. We will definitely visit on our next trip to LA!
Relaxing, Beautiful surroundings
Me, my wife and 6 year-old son stayed at the hotel for a week in March 2002. For my son, the high points were Nintendo in the suite room, the extremely comfortable bedding, the pool (he spent hours there) and the easy access to Santa Monica Pier and the beach. The hotel is lovely and the staff is excellent. You actually "feel" like you're on vacation here, as if time has slowed down to let you enjoy life. My big appreciation for the staff came one day after exercising. I was in my sweat pants and hooded jacket when I stopped by the front desk to ask a question. There was a well dressed man behind me along with his wife-date-whatever, taking in the hotel. In any event, he felt the implied importance to cut in front of me to address the hotel clerk. The clerk, recognizing this, told him to hold on a minute while he attended to my needs, pointing out that I was ahead of him in line. I smiled to myself and told the clerk that I appreciated his professionalism. I love this place! I hope to stay here again if the prices don't get in the George Clooney range. And no, that wasn't George trying to cut in front of me. But keep up the good work Fairmont. This is a wonderfully located hotel, well maintained and an address that makes you feel important. Alan
Mix with the Stars
Great hotel. We had wonderful, luxurious Palisades Suite with enormous lounge for a very good rate. Good service, rate included excellent buffet breakfast. And to cap it all, we shared the pool one morning with Daniel Baldwin (Alec's brother) and family who was also staying there, and a very friendly guy he was too.
Excellent location overlooking sea, but just one block from the 3rd street precinct which is good for stores, restaurants and nightlife.
A location in Santa Monica for a relaxing stay.
I decamped to the Miramar Santa Monica from the Chateau Marmont, in Hollywood, as I wanted a few days to relax, enjoy a view of the Pacific, shop and take in some treatments at the spa.
I checked in 3 hours early with absolutely no problems or comment. I'd opted for a Santa Monica Premiere room in the tropical gardens, also referred to as 'bungalows'. I had a large room with french doors out to a private patio with table and seating and pretty planting and flowers, huge marble bathroom (with a tub big enough space for 2 for anyone on a romantic break) wet bar, tv, cd player etc. Plenty of closet space, 2 phones etc The room was modern, clean and the little dish of sand with shells by an old photo of Santa Monica Pier was a cute touch on one of the bedside tables.
My bungalow was next to the pool but for most of my stay it wasn't so busy or noisy to be a bother. Sunday there was an impressive outdoor brunch on offer, which again made things busy around the pool area...so request a bungalow away from the pool if that's an issue for you. Although they will all be just a short walk away.
I used the spa for a massage and facial, very pleasant. I believe you can arrange for a massage in your room also. The concierge made my arangements for me as I was in the UK.
My rate of $269 per night for 2 included a full American Breakfast which can be taken in your room. If you want a view of the ocean from your accommodations opt for a Fairmont Deluxe. These are in the main hotel and have balconies. The original Palisades Suites sound nice, historic 'old' Hollywood, but have no balconies if access to the outdoors is important. It's worth checking the Fairmont website for deals and packages at the hotel.
The hotel is perfectly placed for the beach and the Third Street Promenade (all walking distance) with it's shops, theatres, restaurents and street performers - especially on a Sunday afternoon. You can also walk to the shops on Montana if you like walking, a rare opportunity in sprawling car mad LA, and again there are cafes and restaurents where you can rest and watch the world go by. Main Street looks interesting, but get a taxi over there...a bit too far to amble.
As a woman travelling on my own while at this hotel I have to say I felt quite safe both in and around the hotel and walking in the immediate area. True, the Pallisades Park seems to be home to many homeless men, but they don't seem to bother anyone. Certainly no-one approached me.
The staff were, without exception, discreet but helpful when needed and friendly. Oh, and there's an airport Shuttle Bus from the hotel which only costs $12 to LAX, which is a bargain in my book!
So, to summarise if you feel like maybe spending a little more for something special, I can't fault the Fairmont Miramar for a stay in Santa Monica. And the place seemed kid friendly for those travelling with little ones.I'll certainly return.
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