When the Georgian Hotel opened its doors in 1933, it quickly became a rendezvous spot for stars of the silver screen and Hollywood elite, including lovers Clark Gable and Carole Lombard.
The notorious Bugsy Siegel and comedian Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle had martinis and enjoyed jazz on the oceanfront veranda although the hotel opened during prohibition.
Today, the Red Griffin room in the hotel's basement - the site of the prohibition-era speakeasy - is said to be haunted. I've never seen a ghost here, but the rumors do add a bit of spice to the hotel's legacy.
The historic hotel continues to attract Hollywood's elite - including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Academy Award-winning actor Robert DeNiro, and director Oliver Stone. These and other luminaries have all been spotted at power breakfasts or enjoying sunset cocktails on the Georgian Hotel's veranda.
You couldn't ask for a better location: The Georgian sits in the heart of Santa Monica on Ocean Ave, just steps from the bluffs over looking Santa Monica beaches.
From here, it's a 5-minute walk to the Santa Monica Pier, literally dozens of yummy restaurants, the Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place outdoor shopping areas, beaches, and of course - beach sports, for which Santa Monica is famous.
You can see and do just about everything here - without the hassles of driving and parking or taking a taxi.
The Georgian has 84 guest rooms, including 28 suites, most with ocean or city views, and some with full panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.
The recently renovated guest rooms are decorated in Art Deco style with all the modern necessities, including flat-screen TVs and iPod docking stations, a gym, indoor and outdoor dining at the Veranda Restaurant, and free WiFi.
Nightly rates start at $270 for a standard room. For more information contact reservations for the Georgian at 800-617-1529; or call the hotel direct at 310-395-9945. You can also visit the Georgian Hotel website here.
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