10 Reasons Why We’re Planning Our Next Staycation in Santa Monica—Bring Your Swimsuit for #6

From Fresh Sushi to Jazz Nights, Escape in Luxury With Hotel Casa del Mar

Written By: Ashlee Polarek
Photography Provided By: Lisa Romerein, Krystal Thompson, Hotel Casa del Mar Santa Monica Hotels

There’s more to Santa Monica than the 3rd Street Promenade and the Ferris wheel. Go beyond the day trip and stay at Hotel Casa del Mar, the beautiful Mediterranean-inspired hotel between the Santa Monica Pier and Venice Beach, for a staycation chock full of amazing amenities. Book one of the luxurious guest rooms to escape the monotony of the work week, indulge in amazing tapas, indoor cabanas, delish cocktails and live nightly entertainment. If you still need convincing, here are 10 reasons why Hotel Casa del Mar is the perfect spot for a staycation.

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1 | Pier Review

Hotel Casa del Mar offers the best of both worlds without the stress of parking if you’re planning on visiting Santa Monica Pier or Venice Beach. Walk half a mile to the Santa Monica Pier and 1.7 miles to the Venice Beach Boardwalk. You can’t beat ocean views, zero parking stress and the close quarters to some of the most sought-after bits of LA shoreline.

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2 | What a Catch

Get your sushi on with the DAILY sushi happy hour at Catch. The chefs head to the market in the morning to seek out seafood for their ever-changing daily specials. From 5-7 p.m. you can find sashimi, sushi and hand rolls as well as oysters, jumbo shrimp cocktail and Japanese whiskey all on the happy hour menu.

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3 | Tapa the List

Head to Terrazza Lounge every Wednesday and Sunday from 6-9 p.m. to enjoy tapas prepared by Chef Gemma Gray. The influence of her Spanish upbringing can be tasted in every bite of these inspired tapas. Once you’ve checked out the display, order as much as you’d like; the more you eat, the more your taste buds will crave for more! Favorites include the stuffed piquillo peppers with goat cheese, mushrooms and romanesco sauce. Everything on the Tapas De La Casa menu is inspired by a different region of Spain, giving you the opportunity to go on a culinary adventure without leaving the state.


4 | Raise a Glass

When you’re ready to unwind with a drink, grab a cocktail and take in the sunset at the Terrazza Lounge. Skilled bartenders serve classic and specialty cocktails that are sure to get you into the staycation spirit. Try the Perfect Pear, a refreshing drink made with Grey Goose pear vodka, pear puree, lemon and thyme. The bartenders at Terrazza make you feel welcomed and taken care of.


5 | Are You Not Entertained?

It’s rare to find a place that does live music right, and Hotel Casa del Mar accomplishes this every single night of the week. On Mondays and Tuesdays, guests can enjoy piano and vocal performances from 7-10 p.m. Wednesday showcases flamenco, aka entrancing Spanish guitar and drums. Thursdays are jazz nights. Fridays and Saturdays feature upbeat pop favorites from the last 20 years performed by a trio band and singer. Sunday brunch is all about a duet, and at night a Spanish Guitar duet takes the stage. No matter what nights you book your staycation for, there will be entertainment. Hotel Casa del Mar is not a club; they focus on festive and happy vibes that encapsulate the welcoming and homey feeling of the hotel.


6 | Sea Wellness Spa

Relax right into your staycation with a spa treatment at Hotel Casa del Mar’s very own sea wellness spa. The focus here is on the top-notch services provided. Enjoy fresh tea and a Hydrafacial  or a full body massage after a day of exploring the city. Without a hot tub to distract you, it’s clear that the important thing is relaxing and receiving five-star care.

7 | Surf’s up!

If spa trips and cocktails aren’t your thing, Hotel Casa del Mar has activities for you, too. Try something new or master your skills by booking a professional surf lesson. Chat with the hotel concierge to book a surfing lesson with a professional surfer! You’ll be walking the nose and showing off new tricks in no time!  


8 | Home Away From Home

The guest rooms at Hotel Casa del Mar make you feel like you’ve come home; the decor is calming and comforting. Italian marble and hydrothermal tubs in the bathroom, luxurious beds and striking views help relax the mind and body. Book a penthouse for incredible views of the Pacific Ocean and enough beds and space for the whole crew. If you’re more into people-watching, then book a Palm Terrace room complete with your own patio and poolside views.


9 | Swim by the Ocean

Avoid getting sandy while you sunbathe next to Hotel Casa del Mar’s beautiful seaside pool. Catch up on your reading list as you relax on comfortable poolside loungers or dip into the crystal clear waters and float the day away.


10 | Cabana Ooh-Na-Na

Book an indoor cabana with your friends for an evening of music, good food and community. Enjoy warm decor, tasty drinks and all your food faves in these unique cabanas which overlook the nightly live music. You can totally impress your friends with your staycation ‘grams from this special feature—can anybody say, “bottle service?”

Hotel Casa del Mar
1910 Ocean Way
Santa Monica, CA 90405

About the author

Ashlee is a freelance writer with a focus on travel, lifestyle and food. After obtaining her degree in Journalism she took the world by storm teaching in South Korea and giving motivation speeches across the United States. She can often be found on road-trips, plane rides and cooking up her favorite meal from her most recent travels. The anti-homebody loves a good hike, good book and a day spent with friends.


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