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The Legacy of our Beach View Hotel in Santa Monica

Santa Monica's First Lady, The Georgian

The Georgian Hotel was established in 1933. Built during the peak of California's coastal expansion in the 1920s and 1930s, our historic Los Angeles hotel was the vision of Attorney and Judge, Harry J. Borde. Showcasing Romanesque Revival and Art Deco architecture, the hotel was among the first skyscrapers to call Ocean Avenue home.

As Hollywood's elite flocked to the beach to escape the valley heat, The Georgian's popularity grew. It was nicknamed "The Lady" in honor of Mr. Borde's mother, Rosamond Borde, who was a modern woman who had opened a hotel called The Windermere on the adjacent lot.

As time passed, the basement restaurant of our Santa Monica hotel earned a great deal of attention. One of the last strongholds of the Prohibition Era, it was considered a true Speakeasy, which hosted the likes of "Bugsy" Siegel, Clark Gable, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, Carole Lombard, and dozens of other film stars and industry moguls.

In the 1940s and 1950s, Santa Monica was taken by a technological and industrial boom, led by the Donald Douglas Aircraft Factory. Guests of Douglas Aircraft's would call The Georgian their temporary home while in LA. Those taking up residence included aircraft designers, servicemen during WWII, and gamblers who would take a motorboat offshore to spend an evening aboard the casino barges anchored a few miles offshore in Santa Monica Bay.

In the late 1960s, The Georgian reinvented itself as a modern upscale apartment residence, with unheard of amenities like a bathroom in every guest room. Tenant and First Mother, Rose Kennedy, would spend her summers at The Georgian entertaining Hollywood royalty and journalists in the hotel lobby and on the beautiful veranda overlooking Palisades bluff and the beautiful Pacific Ocean.

Just like the era's film industry mavens, our historic beachfront hotel has played a variety of roles. From exclusive escape for American A-listers, to restful oasis for the global elite, The Georgian has proven itself a discriminating host of taste and class. Today, after a series of multi-million dollar renovations, The Georgian retains its charm and hospitality as an official and ever distinctive LA landmark.

Complete with glamour and grace, The Georgian Hotel in Santa Monica draws vacationers from around the globe looking to bask in exclusivity and classic Hollywood ambiance. Discover this first "Lady" of the Santa Monica skyline, The Georgian Hotel.

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