The Fairmont Santa Monica is proof that age has its privileges.
Built in 1921 as a private mansion, the Fairmont Santa Monica sits atop the scenic bluffs of Santa Monica beach with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.
Hollywood celebrities including Greta Garbo, Jean Harlow, and Marilyn Monroe, flocked to the exclusive private mansion-turned-hotel, seeking a tranquil haven from fans and the prying eyes of the media.
It's easy to see why the Fairmont is regarded as one of the best hotels in Santa Monica.
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 bungalows have attracted public figures including Eleanor Roosevelt and aviator Charles Lindbergh.
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 newly elected President Clinton stayed there during a second visit in 1994, accompanied by guests Barbara Streisand, Steven Spielberg, and wife Kate Capshaw.
Today, The Bungalow Santa Monica inside the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows is one of the best upscale night spots in the city. It's a low-key lounge with stunning ocean views and is the perfect spot to watch the sun melt into the sea. Be forewarned: This spot is so hot that to get in, most Santa Monica locals know to arrive before 8 p.m.
The Lobby Lounge & Patio is the go-to place for lunch, dinner, or cocktails. The koi fish pond and waterfall are sure to help soothe away the kinks of daily life.
FIG restaurant is a seasonal bistro overseen by Chef Ray Garcia. The emphasis here is on using the freshest local and organically grown produce straight from the twice-weekly Santa Monica Farmer's Market.
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 the list of Top 10 Happy Hours in Santa Monica.
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 with spacious rooms 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.
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:
Rooms at the Fairmont start at $356 nightly and go up - way up. 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.