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
- 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
We stayed in the Palisades part of the hotel and while our room didn’t have a view, it was incredibly spacious, well appointed AND quiet. The pool is very kid friendly with an excellent menu for lunch and great service. We ate the most delicious breakfast every morning at FIG - healthy and interesting! The Exhale gym offered a class to me free of charge as a hotel guest and my husband said the gym was top notch with high end amenities.
A fantastic location for sightseeing with a friendly and helpful staff made this the perfect hotel for our weekend visit.
This Fairmont (we have stayed at many!) is terrific! Very old school LA with a fun vibe. Walk across the street to the beach, or to the great shopping at 3rd Street Promenade. Take a bike to ride around Santa Monica (offered outside the hotel for guests). The staff is fantastic ... very helpful and friendly. Ocean view room was terrific.
You can’t really beat the location of this Ocean Ave oasis. Tradition meets the beach from the grassy poolside loungers and spa to the ultra hip Bungalow bar you can’t go wrong at this long standing Santa Monica playground. Mar at the front desk really went above and beyond on the 4th of July to get us into the perfect room facing front and center to ocean ave and the beautiful Pacific Ocean with a sunset that’s certainly something you can brag about. They are also pup friendly and who could be without their furry best friend on America’s holiday. Great hotel, amazing staff and perfect Santa Monica location.
Stayed here for 4 nights recently with my family. We had two rooms which was great for our long stay. Everyone at the hotel was friendly and accommodating to our requests. We dined at Fig everyday for breakfast which was great. For Lunch and Dinner we walked around Santa Monica and enjoyed some great restaurants and shopping.
The hotel has a perfect location. One of my favorite things to do was to get up early and run along the Bike trail on the beach. Great area to run with tons to see and keep you entertained while you exercise. We also used the hotels bikes one day to bike to Manhattan Beach and have lunch. However I wouldn’t recommend it for beginners. It’s a long ride there and back. We visit Universal Studios one day and I wasn’t too impressed. Definitely walk down to the Pier and play some games. Teenagers thought that was fun.
Overall I throughly enjoyed this property. We stayed in Beverly Hills for our last night and I wished we would have stayed at the beach. Much better vibe at the Fairmont!
The people the views of the ocean and the food are all outstanding. This visit was highlighted by amazing above and beyond service at the pool by Chris whose competence, enthusiasm and joie de vivre made my day. I was spending time with two of my young grand children whom he treated so well!! I can't wait for my tenth trip.