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Cal Mar Hotel Suites
Ranked #27 of 36 Hotels in Santa Monica
Santa Rosa, CA
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93 reviews
20 hotel reviews
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“Excellent value for Santa Monica”
Reviewed 14 November 2011

Not a luxury property, but clean, well-kept and friendly. The best aspects are the location and the space you get. Our one bedroom suite had a full kitchen and a dining area, plus a living room, in addition to the bedroom and bath--really a one bedroom apartment.. The staff was very helpful and responsive in all respects. We recommend this property highly and would stay there again.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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susansomers, General Manager at Cal Mar Hotel Suites, responded to this review, 23 November 2011
Thank you so very much for posting your comments on Trip Advisor. We appreciate so very much you mentioning the value of our property, as well as our spacious rooms including fully equipped kitchens. Our team works daily to ensure that our guests have a delightful experience during their stay at our property. Guest comfort is our priority and we hope to serve you again in the future. Have an amazing day.
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 November 2011

We stayed at the Cal Mar for four nights. We loved the retro feel of the building, we thought it had character, which alot of larger hotels do not. We were very impressed with the size of the appartment we stayed in, it was probably larger than our own flat. Our apartment was very clean, and I loved the little vase of fresh flowers on the dining table. We couldn't have asked for a better location right by Third Street Promenade and a short walk to the Santa Monica Pier. All the staff that we dealt with were extremely friendly and helpful. We really enjoyed our stay at the Cal Mar and if we are ever back in Santa Monica we will definately being staying here again.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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susansomers, General Manager at Cal Mar Hotel Suites, responded to this review, 8 November 2011
Hello Candy Jade. Thank you so very much for the glowing comments you gave our property concerning your recent visit to Santa Monica. We appreciate so very much you highlighting the assets our property has to offer to our guests. We are delighted that we exceeded your expectations and look forward to seeing you the next time you visit our area. Again, we very much appreciate you taking the time to relate your experience. Have an amazing day!
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Oxnard, California
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Reviewed 31 October 2011

This property is a converted 60s apartment bldg with large rooms and compete kitchens. Our bed was a newer king and very comfortable. The other furnishings are older but adequate. The place has a mid-century vibe, clean and comfortable per other reviewers. Great location and good value for the $$.

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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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susansomers, General Manager at Cal Mar Hotel Suites, responded to this review, 9 November 2011
Thank you, David Nola, for posting your very positive comments regarding your stay at our property. We appreciate you highlighting the cleanliness, comfort and value of our property. We are always delighted when a guest takes the time to post his comments relating to his stay while visiting beautiful Santa Monica. We look forward to seeing you again when you are in are area. Our heartfelt thanks! Have a super day!
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Delray Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 30 October 2011

The Hotel was in a great location within walking distance to the Santa Monica Pier and the great 3rd street shopping . The staff were very helpful and the rooms were old with that musty smell that is common at beachside hotels but very clean . We had a suite with a fairly large kitchen, it would be nice for family's although the pool was in the center of the hotel with no fence around it . The only really bad thing was the walls are paper thin and we could hear our neighbours talking and coughing in the middle of the night.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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susansomers, General Manager at Cal Mar Hotel Suites, responded to this review, 9 November 2011
Hello Aud262, we appreciate so very much you posting your experience relative to your recent stay. We thank you for mentioning our great location, our clean rooms, and our friendly staff. Our staff is committed to ensuring that each guest has a very positive experience while visiting our property. We apologize for your experience regarding the noise factor, we strive to constantly maintain our property, renovating all of our rooms during the shoulder season. Including adding additional insulation as necessary. Guest feedback is extremely imporant to us and we strive to work through any necessary improvements to enhance our guests' experience. Again, thank you for your comments and we look forward to serving you when you return to our area. Have a great day!
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Hobart, Australia
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Reviewed 16 October 2011

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.

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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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susansomers, General Manager at Cal Mar Hotel Suites, responded to this review, 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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2011

Can only agree with other reviewers comments about location, helpfulness of staff (especially Holly) and the convenience of having your own kitchen and room to spread out. Parking is $15 per day. Wi- fi is a reasonable $9.95 per day and it works fine. Clean room and everything works, although some furniture and fittings showing their age. Good supermarket a few blocks up on Wilshire, Whole Foods, possibly the most politically correct shop in the US (this is Santa Monica) but their stuff is good and includes a good wine and beer selection. Good location for heading into LA or up the Pacific Coast Highway.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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susansomers, General Manager at Cal Mar Hotel Suites, responded to this review, 7 October 2011
Thank you Tom D Canberra for sharing your experience during your visit to Santa Monica. We appreciate you noting the value of our property and its close proximity to all the wonderful venues in our area. Thank you for mentioning our staff; they work diligently in keeping our property clean and fresh for our guests. We are glad that you noted the spaciousness of our rooms as well as our fully equipped kitchens. We are constantly updating our rooms to ensure they are well maintained and everything is in working order We are delighted that you appreciated the helpfulness of our staff and Holly who is a real gem. Thanks so much again and we look forward to serving you at a future date.
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Chichester
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Reviewed 6 October 2011

My partner and I unfortunately had to cancel our stay at Cal Mar, only 15 hours after making the reservation. We were on the trip of a lifetime to the California from the UK and unfortunately ran out of time and couldn't make it to Santa Monica. we booked one evening and phoned the next morning to say we would have to cancel. Whilst I fully understand and respect that a cancellation fee is involved, we were left in a very difficult position as we were still charged full price for the room PLUS TAX! At $215 this left me really upset, especially as they had the opprtunity to let the room out again, but didn't advertise it on the website. This left us in a very awkward situation for the last days of our trip financially and left us with a bad feeling of our trip. I could understand say a $50 fee, but $215 for an unused room (which may well have been let again and they received double money) really left me stressed and upset. I think this is unfair on guests, and greed on part of the hotel.

Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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susansomers, General Manager at Cal Mar Hotel Suites, responded to this review, 7 October 2011
Thank you Chichester for sharing your experience at the Cal Mar. As I mentioned to you we have a seventy-two hour cancellation policy, this is listed on our own website as well as our extranet sites. When a guest books a reservation we hold that reservation and have the room ready for guest arrival. Had we been able to sell your room, we definitely would have done so. It is not our modus operandi to double charge our guests! Guest service is of utmost importance to us.. Unfortunately, we were not able to sell your room for the date you booked. We also offered you the choice of using that “no show” for another stay during the next six month period. Again we appreciate the fact that you chose our property and hope to serve you at another time.
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Property: Cal Mar Hotel Suites
Address: 220 California Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90403-3606
Region: United States > California > Santa Monica > Santa Monica
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#19 Business Hotel in Santa Monica
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Cal Mar Hotel Suites 3*
Number of rooms: 36
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