In the 1920s it was a posh beach club catering to the city's elite; now the Casa del Mar is one of SoCal's most luxurious and pricey beachfront hotels, popular with celebrities and foreign dignitaries, with three extravagant two-story penthouses, a raised deck and pool, a newly reimagined spa, and an elegant ballroom facing the sand. Guest rooms, designed to evoke a Mediterranean estate with furnishings like four-poster beds and handsome armoires, are filled with contemporary
amenities like flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations, and supremely comfortable beds with sumptuous white linens. Bathrooms are gorgeous, with marble floors, sunken whirlpool tubs and glass-enclosed showers, as well as whimiscal touches like rubber duckies and seashells. Catch is the hotel's oceanview seafood restaurant, while the new Terazzo delights locals and tourists with beachfront dining, fine cuisine and more than 100 bottles of wine on the menu.