This Santa Monica landmark is a real beachfront treasure.
Santa Monica's landmark on the sand has become a pure jewel by the beach. Hotel Casa Del Mar has been lavishly restored to the opulent grandeur it exuded when it opened as Club Casa Del Mar in 1926, built for the then-incredible sum of $2 million. Reopened in the fall of 1999 after a $60-million renovation, the hotel features 129 luxurious guest rooms, suites and penthouses, many of which offer private views of the beach. Freshly cut flowers, arrangements of seashells and gauzy curtains accent such luxe room amenities as state-of-the-art sound systems and white marble bathrooms complete with tubs featuring computer-programmed massaging water jets. Additionally, guests enjoy in-room chill bars with bath and personal care products from Murad, sun block, gel masks, ZEN cards and more, all available for purchase. High-speed Wi-Fi is offered in all accommodations, and ocean view suites come with iPods on request. Recreation and relaxation may be pursued in the fitness center or by the pool and garden terrace. The Sea Wellness Spa is a soothing space, where stress melts away with the ministrations of trained estheticians. Catch, aptly named for its menu of fresh seafood, offers fine dining and fabulous shoreline views. The bar, serving lighter fare and the same beautiful beach scenery, is quite popular. Terrazza, the café and lounge, features a market-driven menu with seasonal salads, pizzas, housemade pastas and a rotating selection of seafood, including crudo. For impressive business and social events, meeting facilities include the dramatic Colonnade Ballroom with a beautiful loggia. Business and leisure travelers have made this palace a real success story.