We stayed in Cal Mar last year and liked it very much so we decided to spend 6 nights in May/June this year and nothing had changed. Cal Mar is a delightful place, typical California of the 70’s or 80’s, with its kidney-shape pool and tiled kitchen counters of those days. The kitchen cupboards are getting old but they are kept very clean and neat, generously packed with pots, pans, crockery, cutlery, plenty of tea and coffee, good quality kitchen roll and all toiletries as well. Many an expensive hotel I’ve stayed in over the years could learn from the upkeep of this charming place. The service is prompt and very efficient and all staff is friendly and very helpful. The kitchens are spacious, the dining area, table and four chairs, is just outside the kitchen and the lounge has two comfortable armchairs with a little round coffee table, one queen size sofa bed with a rectangular coffee table and a good size desk with chair. Our lounge faced the swimming-pool, it was bright and had a very pleasant sight at night too with all the lights around the trees and pool.
The beds are comfortable and clean, they have a television set in the lounge and in the bedroom and they have parking at a reasonable price. The wardrobe space is very good but it’s a getting old and the heavy, sliding doors are a little difficult to open and close sometimes but apart from that there is plenty of space to hang clothes, and store the suitcases in.
It’s location is perfect, on California Avenue, close to the Palisades Park, a short walk to Santa Monica Beach and Pier, around the corner from 3rd St Promenade, and close to great shops like Whole Foods, Sur La Table, REI, Barnes & Noble, good cafes, restaurants and much more. Last year there were too many people smoking outside the rooms and we found that unpleasant. We will certainly stay at the Cal Mar again.
We stayed in the suites by the pool side and found them to be quiet but the area is quiet anyway. It...
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18 October 2011
Greetings Sylvia 993. Thank you for sharing your experience on your return to the Cal Mar Hotel this year. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and that we were able to meet/exceed your expectations. I have copied your comments and shared with our team in an effort to reward their hard work. We hope to have you as our guest, again, the next time you visit the Santa Monica area. Thank you for highlighting all of our amenities as well as cleanliness of the rooms, and our close proximity to all of the wonderful venues in our area. Guest Service is our #1 priority! Again, we appreciate so very much you sharing your comments, have an amazing day!
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