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Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

History: 
    Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows
 in Santa Monica

History

Settled in scenic Santa Monica beach is the historic Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows. It was once a mansion owned and lived in by Santa Monica founder, former United States Senator John Percival Jones. Jones was a business man and politician who visited Los Angeles in 1874 and purchased land from Colonel Robert S. Baker. He used the land to build a home, a mansion he called Miramar. Together, Jones and Baker created the town of Santa Monica, with Jones building the first railroad from LA to Santa Monica.

After retiring from politics, Jones retired to Miramar and after his death, the mansion was sold to businessman King Gillette, of Gillette Razors. It became a military academy for boys after WWI and eventually became the Hotel Miramar in 1921. For a brief period during WWII, the hotel was used by the Army Air Corps as a redistribution center for men returning from war. In 1938, the mansion was destroyed, leaving just the Palisades wing, which had been built in 1924. The Moreton Bay Fig tree, planted in the mansion’s garden by Jones’ wife, Georgina and her gardener in the 1880s, still stands majestically in the courtyard.

Guests from all backgrounds have been attracted to the sprawling gardens, luxurious poolside accommodations, spectacular ocean views, and the fresh sea air. As the only beachside hotel with bungalows, the Fairmont Miramar has served celebrities, politicians, and others in the public eye seeking privacy and refuge from the world. This trend began with Scandinavian actress Greta Garbo, who moved into the Palisades Wing and stayed for over four years. As the seaside resort’s popularity grew, so did its reputation for privacy in the bungalows, which provide guests with a private entrance amongst the strategically spaced fountains and garden landscaping. Following Garbo’s lead, others like Jean Harlow and Marilyn Monroe soon followed suit, visiting the Miramar for long stretches of time. Politicians such as Eleanor Roosevelt and former U.S. President John F. Kennedy both visited frequently. Former U.S. President Bill Clinton stayed both during and after his presidential election, and brought along celebrity friends crooner Barbra Streisand, Oscar award-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg and his wife, actress Kate Capshaw.

Featuring 31 elegantly updated poolside bungalows, the renovated historic six-floor Palisades Wing, and a glamorously modernized ten-story Ocean Tower, there are over 300 guestrooms for guests to enjoy astonishing views and gorgeous gardens to leave their worries in the breeze. Fairmont Miramar is the true definition of California living by the sea. Amenities included are turndown service, Keurig machines, in-room climate control, 42-inch LCD televisions, and 24-hour room service. For those who prefer a more public dining experience, guests are able to visit three on-site restaurants: The Lobby Lounge, The Bungalow, and FIG Restaurant.

As an event space, there is no better Southern California location than the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows. With more than 25,000 square feet, the Miramar has the largest ballroom in Santa Monica. For anyone needing a space for meetings, company retreats, conventions, galas, weddings, and more, they have access to the Fairmont Miramar’s experienced, detail-oriented professional event planners to make sure their event goes off without a hitch. Seaside sophistication, a classic atmosphere in a cosmopolitan setting, and state-of-the-art technology will ensure all expectations are exceeded.

The beach is just a Jeep ride away, with guests belonging to the Miramar Beach Club getting access to complimentary transportation from land to sand, volleyballs, towels, and toys for the kids. For any last minute needs, there are a variety of locations within the grounds to accommodate any guest. From board shorts to engagement rings, the Fairmont Miramar offers both a barbershop and blow dry bar, as well as a 24-hour gym and spa treatments to revive the weariest traveler.

Surrounding the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows are a multitude of seemingly limitless exciting attractions such as Hollywood, the Santa Monica Pier, Universal Studios, and more, to satisfy any appetite and sense of adventure. Celebrated landmarks like Disneyland, Jones Beach, and the Los Angeles Zoo provide family fun while live television show tapings, Sunset Strip, and tours of movie stars’ homes offer experiences to remember for a lifetime. Whether a celebrity seeking coastal comfort, a couple planning an unforgettable wedding experience, or a family seeking a vacation to top all vacations, the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows is a stop not to be missed.

Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, a member of Historic Hotels of America since 2018, dates back to 1921.


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