My Guide to Santa Monica

Discover the top things to do and places to eat near my Santa Monica property for your next vacation.
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Santa Monica, Super Lovely And Garden!

Beautifully appointed 1 bedroom, 1 bath, vacation rental upper; more a duplex than apartment, more the feel of a boutique hotel than just a rental. At the back of what many describe as a Secret Garden is this lovely upper unit. With Venetian plaster walls, hard wood floors, travertine in kitchen and...

Casa del Mar

When I get to a new city I love to dine or have a drink in at least one or two of the best hotels in town; first because I cannot always stay at these places as the prices are often prohibitive and I want to experience them anyway and second because they usually are in beautiful locations, and have world class...

The Market - Santa Monica Place

Forget about it; there is everything you need up here; the coolest little coffee places, raw food, great lunch places, bakeries and not far (steps) from a dozen other great restaurants. On the top of Santa Monica Place; combine it with a shopping trip if you want, walk or park for free for an hour and a...

Mercado

This place has luscious margaritas; amazing fish dishes, fab kale salad, a wonderful version of cornless tacos, it's not five star only because it's a bit pricey for a Mexican restaurant but it's definitely not your mother's era taco place. It's elegant, a unique cut above for its genre, (read the...

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel

Come and stay with me at Secret Garden Santa Monica and then join the gym for a month membership at Lowe's Beach Hotel. ($175) Club Facilities: All these may not apply for one month membership, but many do! Full-service workout facility, including Expresso interactive training bikes / TechnoGym...

Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

The Fairmont Miramar has a little something for everyone! If you're young and fun the Bungalow is one of the hottest venue's on the Westside for sure; open spaces, great music vibe, outdoor bar, just fun, ping pong, pool, beautiful people; get there early because the lines can be long. However, If you...

Annenberg Community Beach House

What a great little public resource!! Worth a visit and some beach time. Bring your blanket and ice chest and beach toys and enjoy the beach in Santa Monica with reasonable parking options and access to the many services here and right next door at the Back at the Beach Cafe. Close in to Santa Monica...

The Penthouse

The Penthouse has a five star ambiance and is beautifully decorated. It's a bit pricey but for a special time and unique experience it's a must visit for the first time traveler. The views are unsurpassed and on a clear day one can see clear down the Wilshire Corridor to downtown Los Angeles. As a local I...