Hotel Casa del Mar
Ocean Way, Santa Monica, California, United States of America
At a Glance
Santa Monica beachfront location
Elegant members club style
Beautiful oceanfront guest rooms
Renowned seafood restaurant Catch
Access to beach club at sister property Shutters on the Beach
Best time to Visit
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Los Angeles has a year-round climate. Summer (June - September) is the peak-tourist season, this is when the weather is hottest but beaches can be over crowded. January and February are the rainiest months. If you are visiting in May, June or July, watch out for the 'marine layer', a cloudy overcast, almost fog-like cloud which may affect the beach and first mile or so of the coastal strip, especially in the mornings.
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The Hotel Casa Del Mar offers one of the best views in town, with floor to ceiling glass windows overlooking the Pacific coastline. A comfortable setting providing all the glamour of an authentic California beach club, without any of the rules.
Club Casa del Mar opened in 1926 as the hottest address on the Southern California coast - it was the place to see and be seen, renowned for its social scene and frequented by many of the city's elite. Now one of Southern California's most luxurious beachfront hotels; with three extravagant two-story penthouses, a raised deck and pool, and an elegant ballroom facing the sand, Casa del Mar still attracts guests favouring a distinct brand of old-world Hollywood glamour.
Despite dark wood, club-inspired interiors, guest rooms are bright and airy, designed to evoke a grand estate with furnishings like four-poster beds. Contemporary amenities like flat-screen TVs and a movie library are complimented by supremely comfortable beds with sumptuous white linens. Bathrooms are beautiful, with sunken whirlpool tubs and glass-enclosed showers.
The hotel is adjacent to the historic Santa Monica Pier, dynamic Third Street Promenade, the elegant shopping and dining areas of Main Street and Montana Avenue, as well as the gardens, walkways and expansive ocean panoramas of cliff-top Palisades Park.
Hotel Casa del Mar has 129 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites. Most offer panoramic views of the sand, ocean and the Pacific coastline from Palos Verdes to Malibu and some offer cityscapes of Santa Monica. Each room is well proportioned with stately windows adorned with ivory sateen draperies and high ceilings. The centrepiece, a rich walnut four-poster tester bed, is well accented with luxurious white linens, and the room is finished with thoughtfully chosen artefacts. In addition, each room is also outfitted with the latest technology including a 42-inch LCD flat screen television in the main room as well as a flat screen television in the bathroom, complimentary movies, wireless internet access and an iPod docking station. Three extravagant multi-level Penthouse Suites that are reminiscent of Italian seaside villas feature eclectic Venetian-designed furniture and furnishings, a living room with fireplace, formal dining area, and either one or two bedrooms with separate sitting areas.
Hotel Casa del Mar is the sister property of Nantucket-style beachfront hotel Shutters on the Beach; guests may use the beach club facilities at Shutters on the Beach and charge it back to their hotel account. Hotel Casa del Mar offers excellent two-bedroom configurations that are favoured by families travelling with younger children.
Catch is the hotel's elegant seafood restaurant serving market-fresh seafood, with a pared down selection of meats. Live jazz and contemporary music make Catch the place for weekend brunch. The Veranda is Hotel Casa del Mar's more casual dining and drinking spot offering seasonal small plates, sushi, and live musical entertainment nightly featuring some of the Westside’s best Jazz and R&B performers. Diners at this lobby lounge enjoy impressive views of sand and ocean through 20-foot-high windows, as well as a specialty martini menu and Casa del Mar’s barrel aged cocktails. The Palm Terrace is open to Casa guests only - serving al fresco drinks and light fare with ocean views.
The Sea Wellness Spa offers revitalizing and health-benefiting and signature spa treatments, and a variety of fitness programs for the mind and body. The spa uses luxurious Natura Bissé products from Barcelona along with H. Maloha products.
Within walking distance or a short drive from Hotel Casa del Mar is the eclectic beach resort town of Santa Monica, renowned for its famous pier, fashionable shopping districts, fine restaurants and art galleries. The wide world of Los Angeles lays beyond, with everything from studio tours to high-end shopping to the La Brea Tar Pits to Southern California's best beaches, as well as a celebrated culture all it’s own.
Paul Charles, owner of PCC and former BBC presenter and Global Communications Director at Virgin Atlantic stayed at Casa del Mar in October 2013 and wrote this review.
Sister hotel to the contemporary Shutters on the Beach, and located right next door, the Casa del Mar is the grand dame of Santa Monica. Its palm-tree fringed brick faade makes this an imposing place to stay right on the beach.
The centrepiece is the enormous lounge and bar, with almost floor-to-ceiling windows that shield you from the fitness freaks pounding the pavements outside. This is sunrise and sunset heaven. By day, the lounge is serene and a perfect place to sip coffee and read a book. By night, it comes alive as one of the top evening venues in Santa Monica.
Its atmospheric bar has some of the finest whiskies available, as well as sushi to die for, and the jazz or soul bands playing live each evening give you every reason to settle down for the night. Take dinner in Catch, with its superb fish menu selection.
Casa del Mars 129 bedrooms are purer than white, some with four-poster beds that make it tough to get up in the morning. If you do make it outside, the heavenly pool deck is surrounded by private massage cabanas overlooking the beach and Pacific even a 90-minute treatment is far too short here.
Catch a Baseball Game
Sports fan or not, you can't help but enjoy the ballpark; it's an experience so quintessentially American. Chow down on dogs and beer, hear the barrel organ fire up the crowd and cry "Outta Sight" as a 'homer' is hit.
Hollywood Hills Private Hiking Tour
Go hiking in Hollywood Hills with a private guide. Be starstruck by the Hollywood sign, explore the Griffith Observatory and be inspired by beautiful views of the City of Angels, from the skyscrapers to Beverly Hills and beyond.
Indian Canyons Jeep Tour and Guide
Spend a morning with an expert guide to learn about the history, culture, legends and stories of the Cahuilla Indian people in Palm Springs. In Andreas Canyon, enjoy a 1-mile hike and visit the natural palm oasis at Palm Canyon and hidden water cave.
Joshua Tree National Park Jeep Tour
The whimsical Joshua Tree National Park sits at the convergence of the Colorado and Movaje Deserts. Rock climbers know JT as the best place to climb, and hikers seek out shady, desert fan palm oases. Visit Hidden Valley, Desert Queen Ranch and Keys View.
San Andreas Fault Jeep Adventure
This awe-inspiring journey in a classic Big Red Jeep Scrambler (CJ-8's) takes you deep into the heart of the San Andreas Fault on a three hour adventure.
Santa Monica Farmers' Markets
There is nothing like wandering the aisles of the four Santa Monica Farmers' Markets. The textures, the smells and the colours – it's no wonder so many of L.A.'s top chefs choose to buy their produce and other seasonal favourites there.
Self Guided Moviestars Homes Bike Tour
This self-guided bike tour takes you where the tour buses can't. Collect your bike, helmet and GPS and explore the neighbourhood of Beverly Hills, visiting hidden hotspots, movie stars' homes and LA highlights at a relaxed pace.
Shopping on Rodeo Drive
Sunglasses from Dior...check. Couture from Chanel…check. Handbag from Louis Vuitton…check. Shoes from TOD’s…check.
Sweet-Spots Cycle in Santa Monica
An ideal tour for families, this three hour culinary cycle tour takes you through the best sweet-tooth foodie spots in Santa Monica to sample the best ice cream parlours and patisseries to hit the scene.
Universal Hollywood VIP Experience
Star treatment awaits the fortunate few on this exclusive guided behind-the-scenes tour, revealing world class production facilities & movie sets normally closed to the public and enjoying front-of-line access to all rides, attractions & gourmet lunch.
Universal Studios Hollywood
Located at one of the world's oldest running movie studios, Universal is a must for most children and adults in touch with their inner-child. Allow a full day to take in a studio tour, 3-D movies, movie-inspired rides and action packed re-enactments.
Warner Bros. Hollywood Behind the Scenes Tour
Warner Bros takes you “into-the-scenes” of your favourite shows at the world’s busiest motion picture and TV studio. From Batman to Argo, to The Big Bang Theory to Friends, the studio will show you how the magic is made. The tour is 3 hours for 8yrs+.
Your free time in Los Angeles - Scott Dunn suggests
Explore independently and you’ll experience some truly life-affirming moments of fun. Hike high into the Hollywood Hills, spot your favourite star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, delight in stellar art at the Getty or star-gaze at the Griffith Observatory.
Location & directions
Ocean Way, Santa Monica, California, United States of America
How to get there
11-hour 20-minute direct flight from London to Los Angeles, with British Airways or Virgin Atlantic. The drive to Hotel Casa del Mar from Los Angeles International Airport is 25 minutes.
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