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Hotel History

Nestled atop the scenic bluffs of Santa Monica beach, with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, sits the elegant The Fairmont Miramar Hotel Santa Monica. Originally the site of a private mansion owned by John P. Jones, a former U.S. Senator and the founder of Santa Monica, The Fairmont Miramar Hotel Santa Monica has served as an exclusive playground for Hollywood celebrities, and a quiet retreat for guests, since 1921.

Attracted to the hotel's luxurious accommodations, exemplary service and unobtrusive pampering, guests are as awed today as they were in the "Roaring Twenties," when Santa Monica was a popular seaside resort, and the Miramar a favorite getaway for members of Hollywood's fabled movie colony. Celebrities came in droves to the spectacular hotel, seeking a tranquil haven from fans and the prying eyes of the media.

In 1924 the six-story Palisades Wing was constructed to provide apartments for guests who planned lengthy stays at the beach. Scandinavian beauty Greta Garbo was one of the first celebrity guests to move into the wing and resided there for more than four years.

Nestled amid the hotel's beautifully landscaped gardens are 32 luxurious poolside bungalows, the only accommodations of this type in Santa Monica. These spacious rooms and bi-level suites are separated from the main buildings by the gardens and strategically placed fountains. Originally built in the 1930s, the bungalows have been meticulously restored to their former grandeur. Sporting sea blue-gray slate roofs, each bungalow is accessed through a private entrance, one reason they have been popular with celebrities seeking a higher degree of privacy.

Sultry blonde Jean Harlow rented one of the Miramar's bungalows in the early 1930s, and years later another famous blonde, Marilyn Monroe, frequently retreated to the Miramar when she wanted to disappear from the media. Throughout the years, the bungalows have attracted their share of public figures, including Eleanor Roosevelt and aviator Charles Lindbergh.

The Miramar has also hosted a number of distinguished political guests including former President John F. Kennedy, who was a frequent visitor in the early 1960s. In 1992, while campaigning for President, Govenor Clinton stayed in a tenth floor suite at the Miramar. The newly-elected President Clinton stayed there during a second visit in 1994, accompanied by guests Barbara Streisand, Steven Spielberg and wife Kate Capshaw.

For the better part of this century, The Fairmont Miramar Hotel Santa Monica has been a celebrated Santa Monica landmark and a stunning tribute to the elegance and charm of a bygone era.

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