Relaxing A review of Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows
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.