Georgian Hotel, Santa Monica, L.A., February 2007

A bright turquoise landmark on the Santa Monica seafront, the historic Georgian offers a refreshing break from high-impact LA.

It might not have the glamour and polish of some of the area’s upscale hotels, but it has plenty of charm and a fascinating history. Built in 1933, the hotel entertained many actors and actresses, while also housing a basement “speakeasy” during America’s Prohibition era.

In the 1940s and 50s, the Georgian was home to aircraft designers, servicemen and gamblers, who would ride out on the casino boats anchored in Santa Monica Bay. Rose Kennedy (JFK’s mother) also held court here during the 60s.

Mid-refurb in early 2007, the 28 suites and 56 guest rooms are very spacious with all the typical facilities you would expect. There’s also complimentary wireless internet access throughout the hotel. WGSN recommends you request a seaview room.

The veranda area is ideal for sea-gazing or watching the sun go down while nursing a drink from the lobby bar.

From the hotel, it’s just a short walk to some of the area’s best restaurants and to Santa Monica’s Main Street shopping area, as well as a short drive to the hot shopping on Montana Avenue and down to Venice.

WGSN also loved the Georgian’s pet policy, which reads that dogs and cats up to 25lb are welcome as hotel guests, with their guardians, for a $100-per-stay fee. (If you’ve got a flabby pooch that weighs in at more than 25lb, there’s a $50 fee to pay on top.) Given the size of the hotel’s breakfasts, it’s a good job they don’t make guests pay by weight…


Georgian Hotel
1415 Ocean Avenue
Santa Monica
California 90401

Tel: +1 (310) 395 9945

WGSN comment

  • Charming and historical.
  • Ideal for exploring Santa Monica and Venice.
  • Great veranda area with sea views.

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