We have completed our trip having had a wonderful time in Santa Monica.
We stayed at the Cal Mar Hotel located at 220 California Street, which is on the corner of 3rd and California Street. Although our room wasn’t ready upon our arrival ‘Holly’ was nice enough to inform us about the surroundings, and offered us a seat in their lovely pool area while waiting.
There are three carport areas surrounding this hotel which are open, you are free to choose which stall you wish and have… unlimited in/out privileges. We have a Tahoe and although it looks like clearance is low, we fit under with no problem. In the three days we spent there we never had an issue finding a spot to park. Parking was 13.82 per night plus tax 1.38 bringing daily parking to 15.20. Quite a bit more affordable than the 32. - 36. a day valet parking with limited in/out privileges we saw at other local hotels. This was a consideration for us since we were paying for two cars… bringing parking total alone just under 100. for the three days.
The area is residential, a bit away from the crowds. Quiet and safe.
As always I did extensive research before we left. Cal Mar is a refurbished apartment building offering a lot more space than conventional hotel rooms. A full kitchen completely supplied with silverware/dishes/pots and pans/etc. A dinning room table area and full living room with sleeper sofa. Two TVs. A separated bedroom with door, and a detached bathroom. We were given a choice of top or bottom floor, but recalling other posters comments of thin walls we chose top floor room 311. Top floor has carpeting. Bottom floor has hardwood floors. We were not disturbed by noise, and could never hear other patrons conversations unless they were walking by kitchen’s open window. The room is dated, carpet older, and if you look hard enough you will find wear-n-tear, so if you are accustomed to ‘high end’ comforts only… you might consider another place. BUT all things considered… it is clean and comfortable having everything you need in place, with location being their greatest plus.
Room rate was 249. plus 34.86 tax per night… totaling 283.86 each for a Friday night and a Saturday night, and 219. plus 30.66 tax... totaling 249.66 for a Sunday night. *This does not include parking charges. A hefty final total of 908.58 for a three day weekend March 23, 24, 25 including the parking of two vehicles for those three days.
Although we brought some supplies with us we did venture out to the well advertised Whole Foods store located two blocks away to buy perishables. Going down Third Street toward Promenade one block, and up one block on Wilshire Blvd. it was within easy walking distance. Be prepared… two small bags of breakfast and lunch items totaled 80.
Seeing OVO Cirque du Soleil show located at Santa Monica Pier was the highlight of our visit, which we all enjoyed very much. Seating was excellent… 659. for four. Parking was a nightmare! We left at 3pm for 4pm show thinking it was just down the street, not a problem. HA! Traffic and walking people jams everywhere. All parking areas were full but one, which took your vehicle to another spot leaving you with a little piece of paper and directions to go to ‘pink building’ across the street to retrieve your vehicle. A word to the wise LEAVE EARLY to avoid this as your only choice to park! These people were ‘very rude’ and young guys were seen racing around enclosed parking garage with other people’s fancy cars. One family was disputing damage to their auto as we were leaving. Parking cost: 24. for a few hours.
Ate a nice dinner at Marisol’s at end of Santa Monica Pier after OVO show. Good Mexican food with Mariachi band going from table to table singing requests. Place was packed! Service was good. Fancy drinks were great. Cost: Just under 100. for four adults.
Also, all took Ferris Wheel ride to finish off our evening.
There is an older man who paints with oils using only his fingernail, located around the pier. He wishes to remain unnamed for whatever reason. His work is ‘phenomenally beautiful’ and he will paint anything you request. He lets you set the price.
Cal Mar Hotel allows smoking around pool patio area, and they have chairs with a little table outside each room with an ashtray for smokers. Additionally our room 311 was a smoking room and smoking was allowed inside. For a considerate smoker - smoking wasn’t an issue at all in Santa Monica, and we did see people smoking while walking down the streets. Other hotels which allow smoking:
Holiday Inn (designated areas)
Doubletree (designated areas)
We have traveled the US extensively, as well as the world to such places as England and India, but the level of homeless people in Santa Monica was quite disturbing to our daughter… she believes this issue should take precedence in being addressed over any other public issues Santa Monica may view as important.
Husband thought bed was hard and uncomfortable. Daughter and fiancé thought sleeper sofa was uncomfortable.
All in all... had a wonderful time!
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- Also Known As:
- Cal Mar Hotel Santa Monica
- Cal Mar Santa Monica