Of all the hotels in Santa Monica, Casa del Mar has always been a favorite.
It's one of the few hotels in Santa Monica located steps from the sand. It's also one of the most historic and elegant.
It is elegant but not stuffy, however. And whether you hail from far or near, Casa del Mar provides the ultimate escape from daily life and routine. A serene place to unwind the kinks of daily life, sink your toes in the sand and let the lull of the surf and the ocean view take you to your happy place.
The hotel originally opened in 1926 as an exclusive beach club and hotel where the partying was hearty, and L.A.'s elite came to see and be seen.
That is until World War II started, and proved to be the ultimate buzz-kill for the elite playground.
Shortly after that, the beachfront hotel was converted into a military hotel.
After the war ended, however, it never quite regained its following. Enter new owners in 1999, who spent $50 million restoring the historic landmark to its former grandeur, creating an elegant and sophisticated European-style hotel.
Today the chic beachside hotel is a hotspot for a new generation of hearty partiers.
One major attraction is the hotel's Terrazzo Lounge, where curated cocktails and live music attract both a new generation of visitors and a new wave of locals.
At a world-class hotel, one expects top-tier dining. And Casa del Mar delivers with Catch restaurant. The ocean view Catch restaurant serves up market-fresh fish dishes for lunch, dinner, and brunch under the sharp eye of Managing Chef Sven Mede.
Dinner at Catch Restaurant is always a special treat, but Sunday brunch offers so many excellent choices... our personal favorites are the Dungeness crab florentine and lemon and ricotta pancakes with blueberries and creme fraiche.
Casa's 129 guest rooms (including 17 suites) are replete with a style evocative of a chic, romantic beach estate. Each room features soaring ceilings, and stately windows framed by luxurious ivory sateen draperies with a dramatic arched valance, sumptuously dressed beds, and big, Italian-marble bathrooms.
It's easy to find a room or suite with views of the Pacific Ocean, many with balconies. So if your dream is to drift off to sleep to the sound of waves crashing, Casa del Mar has your room.
Plus all the latest technology needed to stay in touch will you're away. All guest rooms feature the latest technology, including flat-screen televisions, wireless internet access, and iPod docking stations.
This is a pretty good overview of the hotel filmed by a recent guest and published on Youtube: