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( Casa del Mar )
Casa del Mar
1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica; (800) 898-6999, www.hotelcasadelmar.com
On any given night inside the stately Casa del Mar hotel in Santa Monica, a lively crowd of locals, hotel guests and tourists settles in the lobby bar's plush couches and oversized leather chairs to watch the parade of people inside the expansive bar and outside along the wide beach.
Mere feet from sister property Shutters on the Beach, Casa del Mar is within easy walking distance of a cluster of upscale hotels, restaurants and shopping districts, each of which seems to trade clients like a slo-mo game of musical chairs. It's a frequent setting for celebrity interviews, a popular weekend late-lunch spot and an enviable location for weddings and society fund-raisers.
-- Valli Herman
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