The Hotel Carmel reminds 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 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 more elegant touches of the Hotel Carmel, one of a few price-friendly hotels near Santa Monica Pier.
It's also within a short walk of some of the most excellent Santa Monica restaurants on Ocean Avenue, and all the best attractions in Santa Monica.
The hotel has 97 graciously appointed guest rooms and suites, some with views. Room amenities include:
A video overview of the hotel, guest rooms, and location: