Fairmont Santa Monica:
History Meets Elegance By The Sea

Built in 1921 as a private mansion, the Fairmont Santa Monica sits atop the scenic bluffs of Santa Monica, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

It's been a favorite stomping ground since its inception for Hollywood celebrities including Greta GarboJean Harlow, and Marilyn Monroe, who flocked to the exclusive private mansion-turned-hotel, seeking a tranquil haven from fans and the prying eyes of the media.

Today the Fairmont continues to draw a new generation of celebrities and politicians for the same basic reasons - its historic elegance and discretion galore.

Fairmont Santa Monica: A Hit Since 1924

The Fairmont was once the private mansion of John P. Jones, a former U.S. Senator and the founder of Santa Monica.

In 1924, the 6-story Palisades Wing was built to provide exclusive apartments for guests like Greta Garbo, who planned lengthy stays at the beach. She moved into the wing and resided there for more than four years.

Jean Harlow rented one of the Fairmont's bungalows in the early 1930s. Years later, another famous blonde, Marilyn Monroe, frequently retreated here when she wanted to disappear from the media's radar.

Since its opening in 1921, the Fairmont Santa Monica has also routinely welcomed public figures ranging from Eleanor Roosevelt and aviator Charles Lindbergh and beyond.

In the 1960s, President John F. Kennedy was a regular visitor. In 1992, while campaigning for president, Governor Bill Clinton stayed in a 10th floor suite the Fairmont. The newly elected President Clinton stayed at the Fairmont during a second visit in 1994, accompanied by guests Barbara Streisand, Steven Spielberg, and wife Kate Capshaw.

The Fairmont's Fabulous FIG Restaurant

The Fairmont's FIG restaurant, with its emphasis on fresh, local, and organically grown ingredients straight from the twice weekly Santa Monica farmer's markets, has sealed its place among Santa Monica's consistently top-rated restaurants.

The seasonal bistro is overseen by Chef Ray Garcia, and features a pewter hair and a communal table.

The restaurant features a charcuterie and cheese bar, communal tables, and private dining area. The happy hour from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily offers such stellar priced food and drinks, it made our list of Top 10 Happy Hours in Santa Monica.

Meticulously Restored Rooms and Bungalows 

The Fairmont has 302 guest rooms and suites in the 10-story Ocean Tower and the historic, 6-story Palisades wing. Many with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and Santa Monica Beach.

There are also 32 luxurious poolside bungalows and bi-level suites, separated from the main buildings by gardens and strategically placed fountains. Originally built in the 1930s, the bungalows have been meticulously restored to their former grandeur, with each bungalow accessed through a private entrance.

A Video Tour of the Fairmont Santa Monica

Staying in TipTop Shape at the Fairmont

The Exhale Mind-Body Spa offers a full range of spa service and classes to balance mind, body, and spirit. Guests can enjoy poolside or in-room treatments.

The Fitness Center is fully equipped with the latest cardio and weight lifting equipment, and is open 24 hours.

Room amenities include:

  • BOSE Wave / SONY Alarm clock-radio with CD player
  • LCD Flat Screen TV (42-inch)
  • HD Channels
  • High speed internet
  • Work desk
  • Nespresso Machine
  • Bathrobes
  • Duvets
  • Refreshment Center
  • Speakerphone with voicemail

The Fairmont Details

Rooms at the Fairmont start at $373 nightly. For more information, contact reservations at 800-257-7549; or call the hotel direct at 310-576-7777.

Or, visit the Fairmont Santa Monica website for more information.

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