The Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows
What We Love
- A stone’s throw from Third Street Promenade shopping and the beach
- Swaying palm trees, koi ponds, tranquil waterfalls and tropical flowers bestow a Shangri-La vibe
- Restaurant and in-room dining options that cater to guests with specific dietary needs, including gluten-free, macrobiotic and vegan
What To Know
- Internet access is free to Fairmont President’s Club members; otherwise there's a $5.99 - $15.99 per day charge depending on the wireless speed
- Valet parking costs $40 plus tax per night
- Complimentary charging for Hybrid vehicles courtesy of Tesla
- The Lobby Lounge & Patio is open from 7 a.m. - midnight
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Imagine if Julian Fellowes had set Downton Abbey in a laid-back Southern California beach town instead of the drizzly Yorkshire countryside. The Fairmont Miramar offers all the good things of manor house life — impeccable service, a staff that goes above and beyond — with none of the stiff upper lip. Guestrooms are decked out in mahogany furnishings and a palette of cream, avocado and cerulean that mirrors the mellow Santa Monica environs. Flip-flops are as welcome as Jimmy Choo heels.
Bed and Bath
The most modern rooms are in the recently renovated 10-story Ocean Tower, which offers spectacular Pacific Ocean views. The look is more surfer-Edwardian in the Palisades Building, which dates from the 1920s. The 32 cozy bungalows — possibly the next best thing to staying at a very chic dowager countess’s private home — are nestled among secluded bougainvillea-scented gardens. Each features French doors that open to a private patio. All rooms feature Frette linens and overstuffed comforters as well as Nespresso coffee machines and iPod docking stations.
Chef Ray Garcia presides over Fig, the on-site restaurant, where the focus is on farm-to-table dishes. This being California, you can never go wrong with a plate of greens. Try the warm quinoa salad, which features market-fresh chard, roasted carrots and apples. For sunset bites and drinks, sit by the koi pond in the lobby lounge and order the Flower Power, a potent cocktail made with Hendrick’s gin, aloe vera and pineapple juices, aromatic bitters and St. Germain elderflower liqueur. Sweat it all out at Exhale, the fitness studio and spa, which offers a bevy of daily core fusion classes as well as therapy treatments (acupuncture, prenatal massage, shiatsu) poolside and in-spa.
How to Get There
The Fairmont is all about service and location.
Located right on ocean avenue, a 10 minute walk to the Pier and Shopping Centre.
OK, the rooms may be a little tired (but a great view over the beach to the pier) and the elevators incredibly slow, but who cares when you enter a hotel where everyone is so friendly and helpful. No matter whether reception, bar, valet parking, smiles all round and only ever too happy to help. On arrival the room was not quite ready, so they took us to the sun terrace and gave us drinks and lunch on the house - whatever we wanted from the menu.
I'll be staying here again next time I'm in town.
Excellent experience all round, with great amenities, friendly staff and excellent service.
Rooms facing south will hear the sound of the outdoor bar below, especially on weekends and the cost of valet parking ($50) was excessive as there are alternatives close by for half the price. Overall, we really enjoyed our stay.
We stayed here during our California road trip. Having stayed in a number of Fairmont hotels we were really looking forward to our stay but we were so disappointed.
Our room was fine with good view towards Santa Monica pier. Be aware if you are facing south at some point you will suffer the noise from the disco/bar. Starting about 9pm it just goes on and on and on. The bass thud almost making the walls vibrate.
Our agent had requested an extra fridge( I need to store injections) and this was provided - great. The box of left behind mouldy food in the fridge from a previous guest was not so great.
The bathroom was small. There was an over bath shower with 2/3rd fixed glass screen. The shower was fine but because of the fixed screen we found it impossible to get into the bath! No rail, couldn’t hold the side of the bath because of the screen - ridiculous.
On checking out the female receptionist failed to make eye contact, in fact just failed to look at me. Even when I asked questions she couldn’t raise her head.
On a positive the concierge staff were lovely. Sad though that when you ask for recommendations for a pancake restaurant, and make the journey there is closed down and clearly has been for some time.