The Hotel Carmel reminds me a lot of the smaller European hotels I love so much, with their grand but postage-stamp-size entryways and gracious, stately lobbies.
So I wasn't too surprised when the hotel's gracious general manager of operations, Mario Dichoso, shared with me that a majority of the hotel's visitors are European.
It's easy to see how the hotel is the perfect home away from home if you've flown across 'the pond'.
The lobby's high ceilings, tiled floor, dramatic white columns and classic, oversize fireplace capture the gracious Spanish revival elements of the 1920s.
But you don't have to be European to appreciate the history and finer touches of this hotel, one of a few price-friendly hotels near Santa Monica Pier.
The hotel has 97 graciously appointed guest rooms and suites, some with views. Room amenities include:
This 1-minute video provides a terrific overview of the hotel, guest rooms, and the location:
Address: 201 Broadway, Santa Monica, 90401 Room rates start at $199 nightly. For more information or to book a room, contact reservations at 800-445-8695; or contact the hotel directly at 310-451-2469. You can also visit the hotel website here.
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