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Escape the Polar Vortex to Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, Santa Monica, CA

The Fairmont Miramar Hotel sits on a gorgeous 1 square block location just across the street from Palisades Park and Santa Monica’s beach.

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This very private little oasis has a grand entrance that wraps around a Moreton Bay fig tree, a Santa Monica landmark that was planted by the original owner when it was a private residence over 120 years ago.

The well-appointed lobby has a nice, open feeling with a bar/lounge in one corner and a number of different conversation sectionals.  The north wall is all glass and doors that lead to a very beautiful outdoor area that includes a courtyard, heated pool, bar/lounge and the 32 famous Bungalow residences.

Rooms and Suites

The Miramar offers rooms and suites in 3 different types of buildings; Tower, Palisades and Bungalows, each with different room categories.

Tower and Palisades

Tower rooms offer ocean view with balcony.  Palisades rooms are oversized suites with ocean views but no balconies.


The 32 individual bungalows are scattered throughout the enclosed property.  They have private entrances, upgraded amenities and some include a private patio. A few of the Bungalows are 2 stories.  Some are much more private than others.  The Bungalows are famous for its Hollywood clientele and all of the gossip.  Built in the Craftsman style in the “roaring twenties”, its famous guests have included Marilyn Monroe, Jean Harlow and Greta Garbo who actually resided in one of the bungalows for four years.

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The Miramar’s signature restaurant is Fig, offering creative American cuisine with all ingredients straight from the Santa Monica local farmers market.  Service is both friendly and outstanding in a colorful and casual décor.  A great deal is happy hour, where every evening, Tuesday through Saturday from 5 to 6pm, everything on the menu (food and drink, with the exception of steak) is 50% off.  Fantastic!

Ditusa Travel Group - Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

Other Amenities

  • Bikes for hotel guests.
  • Free hotel taxi service for nearby, local visits
  • Spa- very high reviews
  • Fitness Center, indoor and partially outdoor with a view of the pool and courtyard areas
  • Beach Club with Beach Butler- although the Miramar is not directly on the beach but across the street from it, the hotel has a private beach club for its guest on the Santa Monica beach across the street. Beach towels, chairs, volleyball and personal beach butler are all part of the program


 Book a Fairmont Getaway through DiTusa Travel Group and get the following:

  • upgrade based on availability
  • $100 one time resort credit
  • full breakfast for 2 each morning
  • early check-in/late check- out based on availability

  Also please read Claire’s blog entitled “Insider’s guide to L.A”.  Let us help you play in L.A. while you stay in Santa Monica.  -Russ DiTusa