I Could Live Here: The Georgian HotelAuthor:Erin Feher
I’ve been traveling so much recently it seems rare that I actually get to fall asleep in my own bed. Between hotels and friends’ guest rooms, I’ve mastered the art living out of a bag and relying on teeny tiny versions of my favorite beauty products. But all this jet setting has got me thinking about hotels and the details that make them feel a little more like home.
I recently spent the weekend at the Georgian Hotel in Santa Monica. The Art Deco turquoise structure stands out against the other beachfront buildings, most of which sport a more typical design. That’s because the Georgian has history—it was built in 1933 and celebrates it 80th anniversary this year. And all the stuff that really matters (design-wise) is still there in in mint condition, while a few additions have been made to ensure modern comfort.
It was all the historic elements that made it feel like a place I could spend a few weeks in, or heck, if I was one of those Hollywood starlets who shacks up in hotels indefinitely, this would be the place (Clark Gable and Greta Garbo made it their romantic home away from home—and their significant others—for years).
The signature suite has all I need for an extended stay, including French doors that close off the sleeping area, a cozy living room and windows overlooking the ocean.
But one of my favorite elements of the hotel is the veranda. Like a wide wraparound porch, it is the perfect place to catch up on work, dine al fresco or enjoy a cocktail pretty much any time of day. (The place is rich with boozy history as well: It housed one of the area’s only speakeasies and Al Capone was a regular.) Basically, it has everything you need plus that little something extra: charm, history and a look that still stands out from the crowd.