SANTA MONICA -- One new hotel and one that has been extensively
rebuilt, along with a major renovation of the beach and the scenic
palisades above it, have given Santa Monica a new look.
The hotels -- Le Merigot Beach and the Casa del Mar -- have
added more than 300 rooms to the city's frequently overburdened
Le Merigot, affiliated with the Preferred Hotels & Resorts
Worldwide network, has 175 rooms. The 129-room Casa del Mar, a 1926
building originally designed as a beach club and hotel for Los
Angeles' movers and shakers, has been remodeled and is a member of
the Leading Hotels of the World group. Le Merigot is mere steps
from the beach.
The Casa del Mar is located on Ocean Avenue, on the palisades.
Palisades Park, with its sweeping view of Santa Monica Bay, has
long been a popular recreation area for both locals and
The park fell into disrepair and became a wasteland until the
city council decided to revive it, installing picnic areas, walking
paths, resodded lawns and sculptures.
Information about events in Santa Monica and a copy of the
current visitor guide are available by calling (800) 771-2322.
A new convention and visitor bureau Web site is at www.santamonica.com.