Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows Santa Monica
Santa Monica, California
Just sandal-clad steps from the beach, the Fairmont Miramar is one of Los Angeles' best hotels, named by Condé Nast Traveler readers as one of the top hotels in the United States in 2009. The Fairmont Miramar's Fairmont rooms envelop guests in lush lodgings on floors two through six of the Palisades Wing or on floors two through four of the Ocean Tower. Soft touches of blue and green color the room like the Pacific sky and the coastal palms—but without the seagulls. Most rooms in the Ocean Tower include a balcony for seaside serenading, while the Palisades Wing's rooms are oversized for maximum airy ambience. Fairmont rooms are fitted with one king or two double beds, and they boast amenities such as high-speed Internet, a 42" flat-screen television, bathrobes, and a work desk. After scaling the contours of your room, hit the pool for a moment of aqueous self-reflection or stop at the beach to sculpt a sandcastle replica of the Fairmont Miramar, complete with a seaweed version of you enjoying the seashell version of the hotel's top-notch service.