Situated on the iconic Ocean Drive and located steps away from the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Monica Pier, the JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot is the perfect getaway spot for those who love some fun in the sun, spending time on the beach, and rides and entertainment. With tons of dining options and attractions everywhere, and being in an area that is so close in proximity to the famous Venice Beach, and other spots, like Marina del Rey and Playa del Rey, guests will always find something to do. It's one of the best California vacation ideas for families.

1. Guest Accommodations

Guest Accommodations
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At the JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot, guests can choose to stay in a variety of rooms like one of the guest rooms, a premiere guest room, or king balcony room. Guests can choose to stay in the guest room that includes a king sized bed, a fantastic city view, oversized chair and desk for additional working space, and other amenities like a coffee maker, twenty-four-hour room service, television, and wireless internet. The other guest room option comes with two double beds and offers the same amenities as the others. Both guest rooms accommodate up to three guests and rollaway beds are available upon request as well.

For a more lavish stay, guests can choose to stay in the premiere guest room or king balcony room. The premiere guest room is over 400 square feet in size and can accommodate up to three guests. It comes with a king sized bed, sitting area that includes a sofa, chair and coffee table, a bathroom covered in marble, and a beautiful outdoor patio that features a hammock and additional seating with ocean and pier views. The outdoor patio is a picture perfect place to catch some rays, enjoy an afternoon nap on the hammock, or eat breakfast while watching the sunrise. All rooms are air-conditioned and come with entertainment options like radio, stereo, iPod docks, cable and a large movie pay-per-view selection.

2. Dining

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Given its proximity to the pier, main drag, and city, the JW Marriott Santa Monica is surrounded by dozens of restaurants offering many different types of cuisine and a variety of bars. On site, guests can enjoy a meal at the Cezanne, a French restaurant onsite, which is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For breakfast, guests can indulge at the buffet, where eggs, breakfast sandwiches, cereal, fresh fruit, and pancakes are served, or order a nice salmon, filet, or ravioli and crab bisque entree for lunch or dinner. The Cezanne is casual, family friendly, and offers both indoor and patio seating but has an upscale feel to it. The hotel offers its guests continental breakfast and a full breakfast option every morning as well. Also on site is the Le Troquet Patio Lounge. This is the perfect spot to sip afternoon cocktails and grab a bite to eat. Situated outside, this patio lounge is open for dinner. Nearby, guests can find great seafood at the Lobster restaurant, awesome Caribbean fare at Cha Cha Chicken, a memorable meal at the famous Ivy, or delicious Mexican at Blue Taco all on Ocean Avenue. The lobster restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and Brunch on Sundays.

Visitors can order items like the Alaskan Halibut or lobster omelet for brunch, a shrimp and pork belly sandwich for lunch and seared crab cakes served with avocado puree and arugula, oven dried tomato and shaved fennel salad. The Blue Taco is the place to go if one is craving Mexican food. The restaurant serves up dishes like chicken enchiladas, fajitas, and tacos served with fish, shrimp, chicken, steak, and short rib fillings. They also have fantastic margaritas that come in many different flavors, which include an exotic hibiscus prickly pear flavor and a margarita called the "tap out" served with cucumber, jalapeno and agave. There are so many restaurants to choose from around the hotel, guests will find anything and everything they are craving.

As for bars, there are many to choose from. For guests looking to enjoy a cocktail on-site, they should check out the Lobby Sports bar. Conveniently located on the first floor, guests can order a refreshing fruity cocktail, glass of wine, or beer and relax at the high top bar stools or at the bar. Some nice bars in the area include the Bungalow, Bodega Wine Bar, the Misfit, Chez Jay, and the basement tavern. Each bar has its own vibe and offers a variety of craft cocktails, wine, and beer as well as food. Head to Bodega Wine Bar for a glass of red wine or a tasty mixed drink like the Soju Buck, made with soju, ginger beer and lime, and spend an evening sipping on mixed drinks like the pimm's punch or bijou at the Misfit Bar on Santa Monica Boulevard. Plenty of bars and lounges are either a short drive or within walking distance of the JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot.

3. Meetings & Weddings

Meetings & Weddings
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When it comes to a corporate event, business meeting, wedding or any type of gathering, JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot has the space and the staff to make it all happen. For meetings or corporate events, the JW Marriott has 11 meeting room venues which adds up to over 8,000 square feet of event space with a capacity of over 300 people. Since it's almost always dry and sunny in Santa Monica, meetings can also be held outside. Every meeting room and space has high-speed internet and audiovisual equipment available to them.

Also, the hotel offers catering services with customizable meal options and event planners who will help with all meeting and event logistics. As for weddings, the JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot has it all. The bride and groom can choose either an indoor or outdoor venue, with the outdoor venue being beachfront. Any of the ten meeting rooms can be transformed into a reception area which are able to accommodate up to 220 guests. The bride and groom can create the wedding menu of their dreams and count on a hotel event planner to help them every step of the way. The JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot is charming, accommodating, and situated in the heart of Santa Monica, which makes it the perfect place for an event, business meeting, or wedding.

4. Spa & Fitness

Spa & Fitness
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For guests looking to indulge and relax a little bit, the JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot has a spa on site that offers a variety of services to its guests. These services include everything from a body scrub to a couple's massage. Guests can also sign up for hair and scalp treatments, fitness counseling and makeup services, if they are looking for a new look on their vacation or business trip. Also available on- site are a lap pool and steam room. The JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot also have a fitness center on-site that is available to all guests of the hotel.

This fitness room offers cardiovascular equipment and free weights that can be used by all guests and fitness classes for a fee. Also nearby is Burn Fitness, a local fitness club that offers additional equipment and complimentary fitness classes like power yoga, boxing and TRX to name a few. Guests can head to Burn Fitness and pay a small amount of money for a day pass. Santa Monica has a very active community and jogging, walking, rollerblading, and biking can be done on the fitness trails alongside the beach or in nearby neighborhoods as well.

5. Plan this Vacation

Plan this Vacation
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There is so much to do in Santa Monica. While staying at the JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot, guests of all ages can enjoy an afternoon at the Santa Monica pier, grabbing a bite at the famous Bubba Gump's restaurant and riding one of the few carnival rides. Guests are also a short drive away from Disneyland and Universal Studios where families and guests of all ages can enjoy the rides, entertainment, and fun these two amusement parks have to offer. Beach lovers can have their feet in the sand in minutes and sign up for surf lessons if interested in an adventurous afternoon on the water. For guests looking to explore and learn a little history of the Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and Hollywood area, Amazing LA Tours, Oldies Tours and Star Line tours are all local tour companies that offers group tours around these areas.

Also nearby are a few golf courses which may be perfect for a business outing or an afternoon with friends. Penmar Golf club is the closest and offers rentals, lessons, and putting greens as well as rancho park golf club which has a driving range on-site as well. If guests are planning on golfing with a large group, make sure to set up a tee time beforehand. Other activities in the area that are available to guests include kayaking, snorkeling, tennis, hiking and horseback riding and volleyball can be played right on Santa Monica beach for those who are interested. With plenty to do in Santa Monica, the JW Marriott Santa Monica LE Merigot is the perfect place to stay while visiting sunny Southern California.

1740 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, California, 90401, Phone: 310-395-9700, (website link)

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