Santa Monica, California 90405
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Why We Like This Place
During the Roaring Twenties, Santa Monica was the heart of California’s Gold Coast, the chic stretch of beach that became the personal playground of L.A.‘s elite. Of the many lavish beach clubs that were built during this era, Club Casa Del Mar was the uncontested Grande Dame. The building’s Renaissance Revival architecture fed designers’ imaginations.
Hand-painted ceilings, bronze statuary, and the poshest of furnishings gave the club an unrivaled elegance. The lively social scene, led by Hollywood celebrities and business magnates, tempted everyone who was anyone to take part in the excitement.
Casa del Mar survived the Depression, but World War II finally closed this stylish landmark. Now, a dedicated team of hotel developers has restored the Grande Dame to her former magnificence. This lavish restoration evokes the glamour and creative spirit of the hotel’s glory days, while incorporating modern amenities that the discriminating guest has come to expect from a premier facility.
First, notice the brick-and-sandstone façade, decorative sculpted accents and the Mediterranean flair of a red-tile roof and iron balconies. The beautiful hotel is separated from the sand by palm trees and a promenade, but you enter streetside through an exquisite two-story door made of ornate stained glass. The foyer is a grand rotunda dominated by a wrought-iron chandelier and twin sweeping staircases inlaid with mosaic tiles. As you make your way up to the lobby, you hear the faint strains of a ragtime piano from a distant past as you’re caught up in the magical ambiance. Your eyes take in the gorgeous rugs, intriguing Art Nouveau-inspired lighting fixtures and goldinlaid ceilings before resting on the scintillating seascape visible through the tall windows lining the far wall. Design details throughout are an artful mix of the casual and the refined, ranging from Miami-style furnishings in the seaside restaurant to plush chairs and velvet sofas in the lobby living room. Warm fruitwood paneling and the soothing tones of peach, marine blue, and sage predominate. Comfort, a top priority here, is easy to come by: Enjoy a cocktail while lounging on the oceanside terrazza, unwind in the full-service spa, or curl up by one of the many fireplaces.
If you’ve come for a celebration, let the good times roll in the Casa’s stunning ballroom, the Colonnade. Two-tiered Venetian glass chandeliers suspended from the sculpted ceiling gently illuminate the pale walls. Silk draperies in celadon and gold frame a wall of windows that reveal breathtaking Pacific sunsets. Open the doors, step out onto the loggia, and let a refreshing ocean breeze caress your cheek. The Colonnade can easily be divided into smaller sections to suit the size of your event, and several other well-appointed spaces are available for intimate dinners, business meetings, or conferences.
The entire restoration blends quality craftsmanship with nostalgic elegance. For a special event as original as the setting, experience the romance of Hotel Casa Del Mar.
- Max. Seated Indoors: 320
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 0
- Max. Seated Indoors: 320
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 0
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 500
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 0
- Max. Seated: 50
CEREMONY & EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The Oceanview Colonnade holds 320 seated (with dance floor) or 500 standing guests.
MEETING CAPACITY: The Boardroom holds up to 18 guests seated conference-style. The Crimson Room holds up to 50 seated guests.
Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.
For weddings, a nonrefundable deposit of 40% of your food and beverage minimum is due to reserve your date. 40% of the anticipated event total is due 60 days prior to the event; the remaining balance is due 10 working days prior. Wedding packages start at $195/person for lunch, and range $245–280/person for dinner; alcohol, tax and a 22% service charge are included. A wedding planner is required for all weddings, and must be chosen from the venue’s preferred list.
For meetings or business functions, room rental fees vary depending on room and/or services selected, and may be waived with food and beverage minimums or overnight accommodation minimums. A conference coordinator and business center are available.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: in-house, no BYO
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: provided, wood floor
Bride’s & Groom’s Dressing Area: no
AV/Meeting Equipment: full AV, additional charge
Parking: on-site valet, extra charge
Accommodations: 129 guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
View: Pacific Ocean, from Palos Verdes to Malibu
Venue TypeBanquet Hall/Events Facility
Beach Wedding Ceremony
Alcohol: in-house, no BYO
Smoking: nonsmoking hotel
Music: amplified OK indoors, acoustic only outdoors on the Ballroom Terrace
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: hold harmless waiver required
Other: no rice
Alternate Info: Casa Delmar Casa de mar