The Fairmont Miramar Hotel's Historic Bungalow Renovation Complete

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Makeover Represents Final Phase of Multi Million Dollar Refurbishment And Unveils The Ultimate Sandbox For Grown-Ups

The only accommodations of their kind in Santa Monica, the exceptionally private Bungalows at The Fairmont Miramar Hotel Santa Monica have served as an exclusive playground for celebrities, politicians, and other discerning guests seeking luxury and seclusion.

Under the creative aegis of Virginia Ball of VB Designs, a small Los Angeles based interiors firm, the bungalows recently underwent a $1 million renovation, which represents the final phase of the hotel’s $18 million refurbishment program. The goal of the renovation was to transform the Bungalows into a residential environment so that each guest feels right at home in this beautiful seaside property.

The 28 structures were remodeled one at a time. An equal amount of care was given to the original Craftsman design. As such, each abode retained its spacious patios and terraces, hardwood floors, oversized tubs, and French windows.

Set apart from the main hotel building, the Bungalows are connected by a winding path that runs though the property’s lush landscape and pool areas. Fresh new fabrics have been incorporated into the rooms, including vibrant golden drapery with a blue floral accent band at the hem. The new wall covering in the parlors resembles grass cloth while a broad blue/white striped wall covering brightens the bathroom.

Luxurious bed linens give the guestroom an inviting feel. New exotic veneer headboards with inlay details, custom night stands & settees, and McGuire desks have been incorporated into the rooms, as well. The patio furniture was re-upholstered in a vibrant, multi-color stripe that adds an unexpected punch of color to each private patio.

A variety of new services and amenities are also exclusively available to Bungalow guests:

  • Prior to arrival, the Bungalow Personal Assistant contacts each Bungalow guest to ensure their needs prior to arrival and during their entire stay are tended to with the utmost attention to detail.
  • Upon arrival, Bungalow guests will receive a complimentary edible welcome amenity made up of a cinnamon-and-sugar "white sand beach" with chocolate surfboards and beach balls.

  • A complimentary sun hat and beach towel is also provided.

  • The "Patio Panache" Bungalow BBQ and Menu prepared by the hotel chef is available for lunch and dinner. There are three menu options or guests can have menus customized to their liking.
  • As a Bungalow resident, guests also have access to a private selection of wines and top shelf specialty cocktails.
  • Upgraded "The Thymes" bathroom amenities are provided complimentary.

  • A variety of "The Sea" products made by Waterl’eau of Belgium are available for purchase in every room.

Shortly after Fairmont Hotels & Resorts acquired the management contract in November 1999, the historic Miramar Hotel underwent a top to bottom redesign. The first phase of the renovation encompassed all guest rooms and suites in the Ocean Tower and Pacific Palisades building as well as the lobby, lobby bar and Koi Pond Lounge, The Grille restaurant patio, and conference bungalows. Even the main drive up entryway underwent a re-landscaping.

The hotel has 302 guest rooms, including the 32 single and bi-level bungalows. Boasting the largest ballroom in Santa Monica, the property features a total of 25,000 square feet of meeting and conference space. For dining, guests enjoy contemporary California cuisine at the Grille restaurant. Al fresco dining is available on the Grille patio and in the Koi Pond Lounge. Amenities include a well-equipped health club and day spa, and extensive meeting facilities. Semitropical gardens, a Koi pond, and an outdoor swimming pool create a private park-like setting inside the hotel's grounds.

Located in the heart of Southern California’s most popular seaside destination, the Bungalows at Fairmont Miramar Hotel Santa Monica are situated atop the scenic bluffs overlooking Santa Monica Beach. Conveniently located just nine miles from the Los Angeles International Airport, and 14 miles from downtown, the hotel offers one of the city’s best locations. It is just a short drive away from The Getty Center, Beverly Hills, West Los Angeles, Century City, Malibu and Venice Beach. Many of Southern California's attractions are walking distance, including the Santa Monica Pier and its historic carousel as well as the Third Street Promenade -- famous for its fine restaurants, live entertainment, movie theaters, shopping. Not to mention a local art scene and a weekly farmers' market. Bungalow rates for 2004 start at $509 per night.

Operating 43 properties throughout six countries, Fairmont is a collection of world-class resorts and city center hotels that enjoy unrivaled presence in the communities where they are located. For reservations, call 1-800-441-1414, or for information, please visit the web site at

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