Monday, January 16, 2012
Historic Georgian Hotel: Santa Monica
The Georgian Hotel first opened in 1933. Back then, the Pacific Coast Highway was lined with infamous nightclubs in an era of prohibition. The Georgian's basement restaurant was the perfect hideaway spot and one of the last strongholds of the prohibition era.
The Georgian was an ideal Hollywood refuge: private, secluded and discriminating. While Clark Gable was married to a Texas socialite 17 years his senior, he would frequently meet up with actress Carole Lombard at The Georgian. Fatty Arbuckle and Charlie Chaplin stayed here. Prominent gangsters like Bugsy Siegel and Al Capone would come to The Georgian to lay low. In the 1960s the property became an apartment hotel, and during summer months Rose Kennedy would take up residence at The Georgian entertaining politicos, Hollywood royalty and journalists.
The 8-story historic hotel is conveniently located facing Palisades Park and the cliffs above Pacific Coast Highway, within walking distance of the shops and restaurants of the Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Pier. The hotel's veranda is a perfect spot for watching sunsets while enjoying refreshments.