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Santa Monica Travel Guide

A Guide to Santa Monica Neighborhoods

Southern California, let alone Santa Monica, is absolutely packed with things to do, places to see, and food to eat. That's why visitors can be a little overwhelmed without a little preparation. Instead of aimlessly wandering through the city, walk with purpose by checking out our guide to Santa Monica neighborhoods during your stay at Hotel Carmel.  Downtown Santa Monica and Third Street Promenade Only a block away from Hotel Carmel, Santa Monica Place is an open-air shopping center within the Third Street Promenade neighborhood, complete with 80 stores to check out. Think: Ted Baker, Tiffany & Co., Bloomingdale's, and [...]

Santa Monica Guide to Getting Around

The city of Santa Monica offers dozens of things to do, whether you’re looking for a night on the town or a family-oriented adventure with your kiddos. Our central location here at Hotel Carmel provides easy access to several popular attractions such as the Santa Monica Beach and shopping destination Santa Monica Place by foot. However, not everything you want to cross off your bucket list during your visit to SoCal is reachable that way. Luckily, the city of Santa Monica provides a few ways to get around without having to rent a car. (Although, there is a parking [...]

Top 5 Santa Monica Kids Activities

When it comes to family vacations, Santa Monica truly is a great place to take the kids. From Santa Monica’s white sandy beaches with plenty of room to run off some energy to exploring the Santa Monica Pier’s famous amusement park, your little ones will have plenty to keep them busy in this fast-paced beach city. There is a seemingly endless amount of Santa Monica kids activities near city's center. During your next family vacation to Santa Monica, you can’t go wrong with a stay at the Hotel Carmel. With its proximity to Santa Monica’s most famous attractions—the Santa [...]

Best Guy Trips: Experiencing Santa Monica, CA

Santa Monica is definitely one of the best places to experience everything Los Angeles has to offer, from its beautiful beaches to the city. This fun city by the sea would easily be home to one of the best guy trips you’ve ever been on, with plenty of activities for you and your friends to explore around every winding turn of the Pacific Coast Highway.  The Hotel Carmel is the perfect spot for your home base during your next guy trip to Santa Monica. The Hotel Carmel allows you to choose from multiple options when it comes to your [...]

Things to Do in Santa Monica – Santa Monica Markets

When traveling to new areas, one of the best ways to discover the local culture and get the scoop on local goods is by visiting farmers markets. The next time you visit us at Hotel Carmel and are looking for things to do in Santa Monica, pay a visit to one of the markets happening around town. Discover everything from delicious fresh produce and live cooking demonstrations to colorful homegrown flowers while enjoying the sunny California weather by the sea. When and Where Throughout the year, every week hosts multiple markets around downtown Santa Monica. The Santa Monica Farmers Market [...]

Top-Three Places For Fresh Seafood In Santa Monica

There is a lot to love about the ocean and Santa Monica, California. It is easy to find things to do in Santa Monica like the Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Pier when you are looking for something fun to do. However, when your tummy begins to rumble, it can be hard to decide where to go for a delicious meal to tame your hunger. When you stay with us at Hotel Carmel, we have a few suggestions for finding the best seafood dishes in Santa Monica to satisfy your taste buds. Upscale Dining At Santa Monica Water Grill [...]

Ring In The New Year With Hotel Carmel In Santa Monica

Every year, people around the world celebrate the phasing out of the old and welcome the new as the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve. This year, ring in the New Year with Hotel Carmel and join in the festivities happening all around Santa Monica Beach. From the best New Year’s Eve celebrations to starting the year by waking up in one of the best hotels in Santa Monica, you are sure to have an unforgettable experience with Hotel Carmel Santa Monica! A Countdown To New Beginnings New Year’s Eve is a time of celebration as we say goodbye [...]

Experience Día De Los Muertos In Santa Monica

During October, many gear up for Halloween and the spooky season. However, there is another holiday that deserves a spotlight with its colorful sugar skulls, art events, history, and music. This year, join Hotel Carmel for a bit of fun at the Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration in Santa Monica! A Full Week Of Events! There are many different things to do in Santa Monica, but when the Día de Los Muertos celebrations begin, that list of attractions and must-sees grows to even more significant happenings that you will not want to miss. Starting in the [...]

Discovering The Art Of Santa Monica, California

Art has been a tool in bringing cultures together, documenting the past, and expressing the lifestyles of different areas of the world since man learned how to make marks on surfaces. Long before there was television or radio, people were able to say far more than a thousand words through the expression of art. When you stay at Hotel Carmel Santa Monica, there are several galleries, museums, and artistic experiences right outside your doorstep. Stay at one of the best hotels in Santa Monica and discover the art of our beautiful, coastal California home. Gallery Espy At Its Finest When [...]

Dining During Your Stay At Hotel Carmel

Whether you are looking for upscale dining, a quick bite to eat in between shopping, or a convenient dinner nearby your Santa Monica accommodations, Hotel Carmel is in the perfect location to get all of that in one place. When it comes to hotels in Santa Monica CA, you will be only a hop and a skip away from premier shopping, dining, and entertainment. So, relax and take in the best parts of the area without worrying about searching too far for your next mouthwatering meal. The Perfect Upscale Dining Experience With the elegance of our beautiful Hotel Carmel and [...]

A Girls Getaway To Hotel Carmel

You and the girls have been waiting to get away from it all for a while and have some fun. Santa Monica is perfect for getting together for a variety of adventures when you stay with us at Hotel Carmel. When it comes to Santa Monica Hotels, Hotel Carmel is centrally located so you and your friends will not need to go far for a good time. Get Out And Explore The Santa Monica area is full of life and adventure. When your group is looking for something fun to do in Santa Monica, you will not need to look [...]

Three Must-Sees In Santa Monica

The Santa Monica area is a beautiful place with a lot to see and do. You can find fantastic shopping opportunities, fun carnival style fun, and more. When it comes to hotels in Santa Monica CA, Hotel Carmel has the best location to see all of the top attractions that the area has to offer. We have picked out three must-sees that you will not want to miss when you stay with us at Hotel Carmel. The Historical Looff Hippodrome Built in 1916, the Looff Hippodrome was a spectacular addition to the Santa Monica Pier. This structure is home to [...]

Santa Monica Pier

With waves crashing below and the roller coaster roaring overhead, you can not help but feel giddy. The same excitement as when you were a small child attending a local carnival comes rushing back. You enter Santa Monica Pier and are instantly submerged in a world of colorful signs, smells of cotton candy and other tasty treats, and smiling visitors of every age. Hotel Carmel is only a block away, so unlike other hotels near Santa Monica, you will be able to spend the entire day at the pier having a blast without worrying about how you are getting [...]

Getting To Know Santa Monica

The California lifestyle is often referred to as living in the fast lane, with long-haired surfers, and celebrities on every block. However, here at Hotel Carmel, we invite you to get a first-hand glimpse at the beauty and leisure of Santa Monica. Unlike other Santa Monica hotels, we offer the elegance and comfort that everyone can enjoy as they explore our incredible city. Discover the best of Santa Monica with us at Hotel Carmel. Santa Monica Pier When life ends up requiring a constant professional mindset and the stress piles on along with the work filling your day to day [...]

Welcome To Hotel Carmel

As you approach Santa Monica, you cannot help but breathe in the saltwater breeze and take in the beauty of the area. Santa Monica Pier is bustling with wide-eyed adventurers, downtown is lined with only the best shopping and dining, and one of the best hotels Santa Monica CA has to offer is awaiting your arrival. As you pull up to check into your accommodations, you are greeted by elegant designs, a sparkling lobby, and intricately designed columns leading your way through the main floor. Welcome to Hotel Carmel. Lounging In Comfort The tiled floors and nineteenth-century Spanish inspired [...]