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Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows - Santa Monica

Refreshment on the patio
of the Lobby Lounge
My husband and I stayed at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows with our adult daughter this summer after her graduation from a Masters program at Claremont Graduate University.

We wanted to be near the beach but still be able to easily get into Los Angeles to visit some of the tourist attractions. This was our first time to stay at a Fairmont Hotel. I chose the Miramar for its ocean views and its proximity to the Santa Monica Pier and the beach. It has a long history with a Hollywood connection, it has been a destination of the stars for almost a century. After looking over the various room options, I decided that the Palisade King Suite would easily accommodate us. My husband and I shared a private bedroom and our daughter got the fold out couch in the living room. The six story Palisades wing which housed our room is a historic part of the property that was built in 1924. For a more luxe experience, you can also book a poolside bungalow instead.

Lemon ricotta pancakes with
almonds and blueberry
butter at Fig
We all enjoyed spa treatments at the Exhale- Mind, Body, Spa located in the hotel. We had an amazing late night wine and cheese course at Fig, the on-site Mediterranean bistro featuring local organic produce. We also enjoyed two hearty breakfasts there. The Lobby Lounge was a daily destination, an inviting space that opens out onto a patio with waterfalls and koi ponds and offered complimentary bar snacks with your drink.

There is also a rocking bar on the property that is very popular with the locals called The Bungalow. It had a huge line out the door every night. Standing in the line didn't appeal to us and we hadn't made reservations but there was definitely a lively crowd.

The property is beautiful, it is convenient for accessing the beach, the pier, good shopping and great dining. There is a 140 year old fig tree that shades the entrance and inspired the restaurant's name. The hotel offered rides to outside destinations within a certain distance which was very convenient for us as well. The room was spacious, clean and comfortable.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica, I highly recommend this hotel for your next trip.

Two eggs over easy with
toast and bacon at Fig
My daughter and I under
the old fig tree planted in 1879
Pacific Park Beach by the Santa Monica Pier

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