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Ater breakfast our bus driver Luther took us for a sightseeing around Los Angeles.
We stopped at Santa Monica Pierce for lunch, then arrived at the hotel about 4.00pm.
Dinner was booked for 6.00pm at The Lobster Restaurant with 11 other people from the group.
A very busy restaurant. They told us the Chowder was off the menu before …
Breakfast was interesting. Everybodies orders were mixed up. Ours were ok though.
Today we visited Universal Studios.
The whole day was spent there.
Our first stop was the Universal back lot tour, which took us around all the different movie sets.
After this, we lined up for the Transformers ride which was excellent, then over …
... painted silver. The driver was telling us stories about when he has seen celebrities. He saw Kim K yesterday. We didn't get to see anyone unfortunately. After the awesome tour we went to Madame Tussards. We got a free entry ticket from the homes tour. We don't really like the wax museum but decided to go because it was free. It was not great, quite small but there was a big section showing how they are made which was cool. We had some fun photos and ...
... Disney and too long (30mins) for our liking - the use of water, lights and fire was amazing.
We managed to survive the day with no Mickey Mouse ears, although Luke wants someone. I can't remember where I read that mickey mouse ears on a 40 year old are never flattering, but I concur! We were surprised (and slightly disgusted) about the number of people in mobility scooters, mainly it seemed because they were too fat/?lazy to ...
... side. The worker was never exposed, not even to get money which was passed through a slot like the bank tellers have! After lunch chilled back at the pool and then went and got a tea and did some shopping with Krystal. Came back home and retired to the bedroom, met a girl from wales who just moved into my room and talked to her for a bit. Bit of a creep... shes on the soapshow tour of the world following famous shooting ...
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.