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Cal Mar Hotel Suites
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

This is a great location, 1 minute walking to ocean or third street promenade. Pool is very nice and warm. Staff is very helpful and friendly. You have to pay for internet $10 per day and parking $15 per day but it is still a good deal considering the location. The hotel is extremely dated, think 50's but very clean and well kept up. It was the perfect place EXCEPT I was in one of the rooms that I have listed below to avoid. Reason being is these rooms all are on an alley with garbage trucks and delivery trucks coming at all hours. Garbage and deliveries started at 530 every morning-I kid you not even on the weekends!!!! At 3 am on a sunday, someone had a truck doing something.. This wouldnt be so bad if the windows were soundproof but guess what: Original windows from 50s which actually do not even latch shut and when they do it still seems as if they are open-the thinnest sheet of glass you can imagine. That being said, everything else was perfect. Nice and spacious for a family. Kitchen well stocked so you can have breakfast and make a meal if you want. No cheap grocery store nearby however. Pick up things at Ralphs before you come

Room Tip: Unless you want to be up all night, do not accept any of these rooms: 203-207 and 303-307
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank mmtmrb
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Reviewed April 13, 2012

Stayed here for three days location excellent one block from third st. Easy walk to beach. Rooms large and clean with kitchen. Pool was soooo warm children lived in it. Could be a little noisy at night but acceptable. Only niggle $9 for wi-fi not really on nowadays. Starbucks on corner of third has free wi-fi. We would definitely go back.

Stayed: April 2012
Thank simon1151
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Reviewed April 11, 2012

Overall, we enjoyed this retro hotel. We arrived late in the afternoon and were greeted by a very friendly, helpful staff. Check in process was a breeze. Found the suites to be spacious and, though somewhat dated, they are immaculate. The place was spotless and everything was in good working condition. Amenities: full kitchen (gas stove), full size fridge, toaster, microwave, 2 cup coffee maker (with coffee/tea provided), dish detergent, paper towels, 2 TVs, hair dryer, iron/ironing board, and body/hair wash dispensers near bathroom sink and in shower. Big bedroom, lots of closet space, very comfortable bed. Once in the room for a short while, the front desk called to make sure everything was alright. Shortly thereafter, a staff member knocked on the door with a vase of flowers. Staff was very responsive to any questions/requests we had. Internet is not actually through the hotel. It is through Netrisen for $12.50/day or $49.00/week. Log in was easy. Pay with a credit card. Had no problem with the internet all. Was able to get on line easily every time.
Very convenient location - a block south to 3rd St Promenade, 2 blocks north to Montana St with a number of small cafes/restaurants, 1 block west to the ocean. The area seems to be very safe and we had no issues walking around at night.
What others have said about the walls being thin is true. Could easily hear too much from the adjacent rooms as well as outside street noises. The only other thing I would classify as somewhat negative is the parking fee. It seems that when one is paying close to or over $200 per night, a $15.20 per day parking charge is a bit over the top. Overall, this was a nice place to stay and we would go back.

Room Tip: Second floor room toward the back may be a bit better for the noise issue.
  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank dez36
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Reviewed April 10, 2012

As a couple traveling with a toddler (2 1/2 yrs) and a baby (6 months) we found the Cal Mar suited us very well. A spacious suite with its own kitchen and a bedroom separate to the loung meant that we could nap the children independently so they didn't wake each other up - very important. The pool looked inviting, though we ran out of time and didn't actually get to try it. Friendly and helpful staff. Great location - an easy walk to the shops, an excellent supermarket, the beach and pier. Car parking onsite. We'll definitely go there again.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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Thank Applemoth
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Reviewed April 8, 2012

Stayed here last Summer whilst my son was living their for 3 Months from the UK

Staff very friend;y and helpful. Very very good value for Santa Monica and in walking distance of 3rd street and beach etc. Car parking space. ~Rooms big and very clean. well stocked of all basics. I am a light sleeper and the noise kept me awake and woke me early morning Noise nothing to do with the Calmar is the streets next to it.. My son was happy there for 3 months as had everything he needed- good well stocked kitsch, dvd player, tea/coffee etc Pool area very good for Santa Monica- adequate sunbeds and towels. No tea/coffee available but machine for cold drinks.Starbucks a couple of mins away so not a problem!. If on a budget would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled solo
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Thank Sue A
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