The Pacific Ocean ripples outside the broad windows of Cézanne’s dining room, which exudes elegance through its high ceilings, cream-colored upholstery, and white, Victorian lounge chairs. Inside this warmly lit space, chefs serve up French-Californian cuisine, including filet mignon, lamb chops, and seafood fillets kissed with 7-year balsamic reduction or creamy bordelaise. More than 20 wines by the glass pair with breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and more vintages are available by the bottle.
But Cézanne is only one petal in the Le Merigot blossom. Part of the JW Marriott franchise, the European-style luxury hotel offers direct access to beaches and the Santa Monica Pier. After polishing off a croque madame in one of Cézanne’s crown-shaped banquettes, guests can inquire at the front desk about Le Merigot’s world-class spa or the possibility of dividing up one night’s stay by occupying each of 175 suites for exactly 10 minutes.