Santa Monica Beach Chic: Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

California beach hospitality has never been so simply chic. Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica, California, has just upped the wow factor on its iconic bungalow suites, thanks to the sunny Midas touch of L.A. interior designer Michael Berman. Inspired by the Fairmont Miramar’s newly-renovated Bungalow One – a tony 3-bedroom suite, and Berman’s first hotel project — the residential specialist has now given the same “beach chic meets surf modern” makeover to the historic hotel’s 28 iconic one- and two-level bungalow-styled luxury suites.

The design concept is materialized with elements from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Stacy Garcia, Kravet, Bronze Studio, and Taracea. The white, blue and neutral color scheme gives a nod to the ocean and sand (made apparent by whimsical white seagull lights hanging from teal coffered ceilings). Berman’s custom furnishings utilize driftwood alongside tufted seating and upholstered bedding. Midcentury chairs, side tables and sconces strengthen the clean lines, while faux fur and velvet accessories soften matters. The scheme continues to bring the outside in with glass doors opening to sunny terraces. It’s modern, retro and rustic all at once, creating a new sense of luxury that speaks to the heart, rather than tradition or ego.

And as it should be, Miramar’s new spa-like bungalow bathroom is sanctuary, a welcoming, open space framed by blue velvet drapes, bleached wood flooring, and marble mosaic walls. A rain shower shares the main space with the room’s centerpiece: a round Lacava bathtub. Privacy from the master bedroom is achieved by a dimmable glass wall.

The make-over results in a fresh new face for pretty Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, the classic 4.5-acre Santa Monica hideaway for travelers and local celebrities alike, thanks to its coveted location just steps from busy 3rd Street Promenade, and directly across the street from cliff-side Palisades Park overlooking the prime stretch of Santa Monica State Beach. The property also features ocean view suites designed by Lynda Murray, superb seasonal dining at FIG Restaurant, The Bungalow social lounge by event producer Brent Bolthouse, fitness classes and services by Exhale Mind Body Spa, and the private Miramar Beach Club which provides guests with lounges, umbrellas, activities, full menu, and butler staff.

The only bungalow-style luxury suites in West Los Angeles, these accommodations are located in the hotel’s Miramar gardens. Originally added to the hotel in 1938, they were the home-away-from-home for such Hollywood greats as Jean Harlow, Marilyn Monroe and Greta Garbo. Now the remodeled suites are ready to again offer luxurious, secluded privacy to attract new Hollywood royalty and wannabees who, like Garbo, just want to be alone.

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