On Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica, there sits The Georgian Hotel (Nickname, Lady). It is an 8 story building painted in the color of the sea. It was one of the original “sky scrappers” of Ocean Avenue when it was built in 1933. The hotel has drawn in many of the Hollywood elite, and during the boom of the forties, served as a residential hotel. It spent a long period of time as an upscale apartment drawing such residents as First Mother, Rose Kennedy. The Hotel returned to its roots after several multi-million dollar remodeling projects.
The Georgian may have been remodeled, but it is what happens when you enter their doors that will leave guests wanting to come back for more. It is like stepping back in time, when hotel staff wore starched uniforms, old fashioned elevators, and people mingled in the lounge or on the ocean view veranda. The stillness of The Georgian gives one an almost instant feeling of calm. Outside, cars, buses, and tourist are running along to get to the Santa Monica Beach, or one of the many café’s that are available. It is within blocks of some of the best shopping around Santa Monica at the Third Street Promenade.
The Georgian is done in an art deco style from the furniture to the bathroom tile. They are in the process of remodeling some of the décor to bring it up to date in color choices. Though, the colors they had fit very well. It was not like they had orange couches from the seventies. In fact, the ambiance of The Georgian kept reminding me of Agatha Christie’s story, “Bertram’s Hotel.” There was an air of sophistication without going overboard. You expect to meet the elite, but anyone entering the doors of The Georgian will feel welcome.
The rooms are larger than your standard hotel room. They range from 226-276 sq ft. which is plenty of room to walk around the room without boredom. They have queen, king, and double queen. Each room is equipped with the standard coffee and tea and a mini-bar in the living room. There are also two white robes and Aveda products for your personal enjoyment. You have a choice of ocean view or non-ocean. There is about a $50 difference.
If you are traveling with the family or conducting business on your trip, you should consider a suite. The suites are huge (548 sq ft), it is like having two of the rooms, but it is not. The living room has a pull out bed in the Sofa, and a chaise lounge chair. There is a Desk in the living room and a Writing desk in the bedroom. Both rooms have a television. The living room also has a radio, alarm clocks, and free wireless internet. Rates for the rooms range from $250-$500 per night depending on the season. They also have packages that include their famous Georgini Martina and valet parking.
The Georgian has some unique things, like having breakfast ($10-$15) served in their intimate dining room or out on their ocean view veranda. You can experience a sunrise or sunset from the comfort of the veranda. They have room service available with their help of the restaurant next door.
Aside from reminding me “Bertram’s Hotel” The Georgian is the perfect venue for a wedding. The pink walls in the meeting rooms are perfect for an intimate wedding rehearsal or dinner though it also lends itself to the perfect honeymoon spot.
The price of the meeting room is determined by whether a guest is staying their or not. It is extremely reasonable to a guest of the hotel, and for its location $500 for non-guests is not bad at all.
The Georgian is distinct in that it has an air of charm that seems old school, while having all the modern conveniences. It is a place that reminds guests of a simpler time. It is a haven for those who enjoy quiet, while still being in the center of things.
The Georgian Hotel is managed by Broughton Hospitality Group and is a member of Kerry Hotels and Historic Hotels of America.
1415 Ocean Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Toll Free: 800.538.8147