The Georgian Santa Monica is a famous art deco property with roots in old Hollywood. Over the years it has undergone several renovations and hosted numerous celebrity guests such as Charlie Chaplin, Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe and Rose Kennedy. The meticulous restoration by Blanchard and Rusconi, led by renowned interior architecture and design firm Fettle, combines global culture with California charm.
The Georgian ‘s architecture is by HLW, while the branding and experience was developed by Corso Marketing Group. Despite the modernization, the distinctive features and presence of the original concept have been preserved and complemented by a thoughtful design.
Accommodation with sea view
The hotel has 84 rooms, including 56 classic rooms and 28 one-bedroom suites, all of which offer stunning sea views. The building’s distinctive turquoise facade on Ocean Avenue highlights the timeless elegance and historical significance of this impressive property.
Guests are greeted by peach-colored hibiscus trees and vibrant foliage designed by Rolling Greens of Los Angeles. Upon entering the historic lobby, visitors are greeted by Havana Deco-inspired flooring, high ceilings with custom Art Deco chandeliers and original decorative reliefs.
Under the direction of Chef David Almany, the hotel’s restaurant offers a blend of timeless culinary classics and Italian cuisine. Almany sources its ingredients from reputable suppliers such as Thomas Keller’s Regiis Ova Caviar, Pat La Freida Meat Purveyors and Grove and Vine Olive Oil.
Bar manager Jerom Morris complements Almany’s food with a sophisticated and creative drink menu. Morris has developed a diversified spirits program, with an emphasis on Italian digestivi. The wine list was created by wine director Kristin Olszewski, who focuses on Italian wines and emerging talent from California’s natural wine scene.
The Georgian Room: a historical jewel
Below the Georgian is the Georgian Room, a historic restaurant and piano bar that has reopened after more than 50 years. This discreet meeting place was once a haven for the rich and famous, including Carole Lombard, Clark Gable and “Bugsy” Siegel.
The Sunset Bar and the intimate dining experience
The historic lobby of The Georgian Santa Monica features the eye-catching horseshoe-shaped Sunset Bar as well as the intimate dining room. Both rooms are tastefully decorated and offer guests a relaxed atmosphere in which to dine and enjoy. Seasonal floral installations by Los Angeles, France-based floral artist Jean Pascal decorate the space and add a special touch.
The Sunset Terrace: an oasis by the sea
The building’s Sunset Terrace, a distinctive navy-blue striped awning-covered area, offers guests breathtaking views of the ocean and California coastline. Surrounded by whimsical topiaries, the Terrace is the perfect place to enjoy the fresh ocean breeze and beautiful ambiance.
Chef David Almany’s visits to the market
Chef David Almany makes weekly visits to the renowned Santa Monica Farmer’s Market, located adjacent to the hotel, to source his selection of fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables. This commitment to freshness and quality is reflected in the delicious dishes served to guests at The Georgian.
Kristin Olszewski’s wine philosophy
Kristin Olszewski, wine director at The Georgian Santa Monica, left her medical career at Harvard to pursue her passion for wine and service. Their wine program is based on the mantra “if it grows together, it goes together” and focuses on the stories of the people behind the vines. The wine list showcases both traditional Italian producers and emerging talent on the California natural wine scene.