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Chill out, Riviera style, in a chaise lounge, pretending it's all really quite a strain on your busy life.
On the fourth floor is the Murad Spa—although massages can also be had in poolside cabanas—and the 75-seat, first-floor restaurant, Oceanfront, has spectacular sunset views.
The hotel emerged from a welcome update that focused on its sprawling, atrium-like lobby lounge. Full review →For the best view of the pool scene and the Boardwalk—and the Santa Monica Pier, with its iconic Ferris wheel—shoot for the sixth floor or higher.
An imposing presence overlooking Santa Monica Beach, this 1926 beach club has been restored to its original grandeur.
In the 1920s it was a posh beach club catering to the city's elite; now the Casa del Mar is one of SoCal's most luxurious and pricey beachfront hotels. Full review →
Casa del Mar is located right on the sand in the heart of the Southern California seaside community of Santa Monica. Full review →
Rooms are laid out for relaxation, not business, so travelers with work on their minds should stay elsewhere. Full review →
Santa Monica's landmark on the sand has become a pure jewel by the beach. Casa Del Mar has been lavishly restored to the opulent grandeur it exuded when it opened. Full review →
A mod take on a California beach club, with prime oceanfront views and a top-notch seafood restaurant.
A touch stodgy for some, the powder-blue rooms have a wood-floor entry, four-poster beds and marble bathrooms with soaker tubs. Full review →
An opulent beach club for well-to-do Angelenos in the 1920s, Casa del Mar was neglected after use as a military hotel in World War ll.
A quick stroll from the Santa Monica Pier, or a peaceful retreat from its madness. Full review →
A true jewel, this historic grand hotel is world-class yet refreshingly unpretentious. Full review →
Boasting a prime location directly on the beach opposite its enchanting Hamptons-inspired kin, Shutters on the Beach, this is Santa Monica's most luxurious beachfront hotel. Full review →
A luxurious hotel with sweeping views of the Pacific. Full review →
Located on the sand, close to Santa Monica's shops and restaurants, this elegant and architecturally significant hotel is a local landmark. Full review →
Unlike its sister property, Shutters on the Beach—which feels more like Cape Cod than SoCal—Casa del Mar’s opulent, Mediterranean design feels right at home on the Santa Monica shore. Full review →
"Swanky but friendly", this "see-and-be-seen" beachfront landmark built in 1926 "blows your socks off" from the moment you enter thanks to a "fantastic" lobby lounge.
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