It seems fitting to write this post today. Looking out the window and seeing London getting covered in fresh, fluffy snow, it seems only fitting to talk about warm memories.
The Georgian Hotel in Santa Monica is an interesting architectural and historic gem. I love staying in hotels with character and history. This usually makes it tough for me to find one that I like in the US, given the love to modernity. When I saw The Georgian Hotel, I knew this was the place I wanted to stay in. The facade stands out from miles away and there was something slightly enigmatic about the building all together. I later came to find out that it used to be a retirement home for many years before it got converted to a hotel.
It is right off Santa Monica Pier, on the beautiful Ocean Boulevard. There are many places around it to have a bite to eat or have a cocktail.
One of the lifts recreates a 50s lift, with the whole pulling the metal bars door and all. The signs and room numbers look vintage as well. Not sure if authentic or not but it added to the atmosphere.
The lobby is very contemporary compared to the rest of the hotel. The facade is one you cannot miss being a tall, striking blue building right in the middle of the Avenue.
The rooms are sized alright. Not too big but enough for a comfortable stay. The decor is really cool though. I spent most of my time taking #shoefies in the bathroom because those tiles were to die for. The little details around the rooms and floors are what added to this special enigmatic feeling about the building. Like it had so many stories to tell. The bed was big and comfy, with loads of different pillows which I love. My favourite thing is to surround myself with pillows while I sleep.
There was a coffee machine and we know how much I love my coffee. Funky cool water but I do not appreciate luxury hotels charging me for water and I think this practice really needs to stop. Paying $6 for a bottle is a rip off. I much rather pay it within the room rate (include it as a margin) rather than being charged for it in this cheap way. That is m only complain.
The wifi worked really well, so great.
Very friendly and welcoming. There is also security everywhere, so it feels safe. Not to go on a tantrum here but LA overall looks like a relatively unsafe city with all the homeless, drunks and junkies around, so having 2 security guards at the hotel’s front door felt reasonable.
Overall, I do recommend the hotel. I think it is very reasonably priced for the location and the ambience.