Arrival/Check-In: I’d missed my connecting flight to Los Angeles and arrived at LAX much later than anticipated. Luckily, The Georgian, my home for the next three nights, is conveniently located in Santa Monica, an easy taxi ride from the airport. After 11 p.m. in Los Angeles, it felt like 2 a.m. to this East Coaster, and I was grateful for the quick, no-fuss check-in process. I was riding the elevator to my eighth-floor suite in a matter of minutes and asleep just as quickly.
Guest Quarters: The Georgian is an Art Deco gem located right on Ocean Avenue. In addition to the plush accommodations, the location on the water and easy access to all Santa Monica attractions are definite perks. It wasn’t until the next morning that I explored my suite and the property a bit more.
My two-room suite opened into a hallway. Immediately to the right was one entrance to the bathroom. Further ahead was a small minibar and living room, with a sofa and coffee table, chaise longue, small table and entertainment center with a flat-screen TV. The windows afforded views of Santa Monica and beyond.
A second entrance to the spacious bathroom, with an ample countertop and a tub/shower, was available through the bedroom. The bedroom, accessed through double French doors from the living room, featured a rather comfortable king-sized bed flanked by two nightstands, a chair and ottoman, and a second stand and flat-screen TV. During my three-night stay, I utilized the space fully and enjoyed working from the living room sofa and coffee table, surrounded by the natural light from the windows. While the historic building’s lobby is not as modern as you might expect, the accommodations are definitely up-to-date and comfortable.
Services/Amenities: On my first morning I ventured to the on-site fitness center. While small, it offered all I needed for my workout. The ocean beckoned me on day two, and I quickly accessed the beach path just across the street from my hotel for a walk/jog.
I also enjoyed breakfast at Veranda Restaurant with a colleague. Seated outside, we worked and fueled up for the day, though neither of us tried the signature French toast soufflé. The restaurant also boasts indoor seating and serves lunch, dinner and tapas. The hotel features event space and a speakeasy-style bar.
The Experience: With an illustrious history dating back to 1933, The Georgian Hotel is a centrally located, comfortable property for a visit to Santa Monica. The pet-friendly hotel welcomes visitors with cats or dogs.
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The Georgian Hotel
1415 Ocean Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
tel 310 395 9945
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