Historical luxury in the heart of Santa Monica.
This posh hotel started life as a private mansion owned by the founder of Santa Monica, Senator John P. Jones. For over a century it has welcomed such illustrious guests as Howard Hughes, Marilyn Monroe, Eleanor Roosevelt, Senator and Mrs. John F. Kennedy and former President William Jefferson Clinton. It is a place of legend, beginning with the awesome Moreton Bay fig tree that is the centerpiece of the beautiful courtyard at the entrance. A broke Australian sailor left the sapling for this tree with a local bartender to pay for his bar tab. Today the hotel does a fine job of maintaining its historical ambience while keeping up with the times, most recently to the tune of a $16-million renovation. The guest rooms are divided between the older (and more charming) six-story brick Palisades Wing and the contemporary ten-story Ocean Tower. Many rooms on the upper levels have superb ocean views. As well, the grounds host a collection of 32 bungalows, which are the only accommodation of their kind in Santa Monica. They are separated from the main buildings by beautifully landscaped gardens and fountains, and their French doors open onto private patios overlooking the Pacific. Revamped in collaboration with Robb Report Home & Style, Bungalow One is a coveted sanctuary, with beachy mid-century furnishings and three bedrooms, making it ideal for families and groups. House restaurant, FIG, relies heavily on the local Santa Monica Farmer's Market for menu ingredients. Both the Lobby Lounge and The Bungalow (with an outdoor terrace) offer relaxing settings for evening drinks. The property’s Exhale Spa welcomes guests with a full range of treatments.