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Cal Mar Hotel Suites


  • Lower off-season rates
  • Full kitchens
  • Low-key vibe


  • Street noise
  • No a/c but ocean breeze is present
  • Three-night minimum stay in summer

Updated 04/01/2014

Fodor's Review

On a residential street one block from the Third Street Promenade and within a short walk to the beach, this low-profile, two-story, all-suites hotel is a comparative bargain. Standard and master one-bedroom suites have king or twin beds and a queen-size sofa bed. Furnishings are contemporary and comfortable without much thought given to decorating, but the atmosphere is friendly and informal. Rooms wrap around an interior courtyard with pool and windows open to the street

or back alley.

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Hotel Information


220 California Ave., Los Angeles, California, 90403, USA

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310-395–5555; 800-776–6007

Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 36 suites
  • No meals

Updated 04/01/2014

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By dncee11

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Oct 31, 2011

Cal Mar Hotel Suites Review

This hotel is a real jewel! A converted apartment bldg from the 60s, the rooms are large and comfortable, the bed excellent and the furnishings complete with kitchens. Within walking distance from 3rd St. and beaches. Would be good for a long-term stay.

By Michael

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Apr 27, 2005

Its Luci's & Desi's Apartment

We loved this place. We think that this was originally a 1920's apartment building but the decor was probably redone in the 1950's or 60's. Don't think hotel room, think apartment- an living and dining area, a real kitchen, a small private foyer separating the living area and bedroom/bath area, lots of storage space. The pool area in the courtyard is very nice, the pool was heated- a real plus in the cool weather in April and the staff was very nice.

The manager allowed my daughter to park there and when she got a ticket because her car was sticking out to far onto the sidewalk he took care of it. You are a block from the promenade and a few blocks from the pier.Our bedroom faced the ally shared with the apartment house next door and the room was quiet every night.For this area of Santa Monica we consider this a real bargain.

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By Jim

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Nov 26, 2002

The Wrong Room Could be a Noisy Hell

I really wanted to like this hotel. And I did love the size of the suite, the view of the courtyard, and the great location in Santa Monica. However, if you value any sleep at all, I would absolutely avoid a room on the alley. We were across from the dumpsters of an apartment building and the Radisson Huntley hotel, they are used frequently during all hours of the evening. The flimsly, aluminum frame windows, which don't close properly anyways, do

nothing to keep the noise out of that alleyway canyon. I would suggest a room on the south side. The ones opposite our room, on 3rd st. will also be noisy due to traffic and cars parking underneath your suite. Oh yes, the pullout couch was as bad as they come. Very lumpy. Avoid at all costs, unless very short and light weight children use it. The courtyard though was awesome, a quiet oasis of calm in an otherwise crazy metropolis. Santa Monica is definitely a great place to stay though, it's much more quiet in general than the rest of LA. And clean. And it felt very safe to walk around, even at night, despite the number of street people who live in the area, including that of the hotel. They didn't hassle us at all.

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