If you’re researching hotels to stay in Los Angeles, chances are you’ve come across the Santa Monica Proper Hotel. Opened in 2019 on Santa Monica’s Wilshire Boulevard, this luxe trendy hotel is at the top of the list of best hotels in the area. Known for its eye-catching design and rooftop pool, the Santa Monica Proper Hotel belongs to the larger group of Proper Hotels.

Santa Monica Proper Hotel

On a recent trip to Los Angeles, I spent three nights at this hotel to check out the property and explore the area. It’s one of the hotels frequently gracing social channels for its unique design and rather photogenic space. And it makes sense — it was designed by iconic interior designer, Kelly Wearstler. I myself a huge fan of her work (I took her MasterClass) wanted to see what this hotel was all about.

Checking in on a Thursday, I stayed over a long weekend with my husband and at the time 3-month old baby. We spent a lot of time at the hotel, enjoying all of the amenities like the restaurants, rooftop, and lounge spaces. It was one of the most stunning spaces I’ve experienced. I would chalk up the hotel experience to that of staying at a museum. Each corner of the hotel had something new to offer and beautiful in its own way.

So if you’re considering booking a stay at the Santa Monica Proper Hotel, I’m giving my full review of our experience. (And no, this is NOT a sponsored post.)

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Santa Monica Proper Hotel Review

Frequently Asked Questions about the Santa Monica Proper Hotel

When did the hotel open?

The hotel opened in the summer of 2019. It’s one of the newest hotels to open in Santa Monica, California.

Is the Santa Monica Proper Hotel a part of Marriott?

Yes as it is a member of Design Hotels which is under the Marriott group.

Is the hotel children-friendly?

Yes, it is family-friendly. Cribs are available for guests.

Who owns the Santa Monica Proper Hotel?

It’s owned by the Viceroy Group and is part of the group that owns the other Proper Hotels like the Austin and San Francisco location.

Don’t want to read the full review?

If you’re looking for the bottom line of whether or not to book a night or two at the Santa Monica Proper Hotel, my answer is yes with some context. The hotel’s price point is one of the steepest I’ve seen for a city hotel but not out of line with the rest of the 5-star hotels in the Los Angeles area. It’s good to know that the rooftop bar/restaurant and downstairs lounge is open to the public and can be quite busy and loud — this is not a “quiet hotel.” It is somewhere to be if you want great food, walking distance to Santa Monica sights, and want to stay in one stunning hotel. Would I stay again? Yes, the service was exceptional.

Looking to book the best deal? Me too. I price compared *several* times before plunking down three nights. My recommendation is to book on Booking.com.

The Hotel Amenities

Restaurants at the Santa Monica Proper

At the hotel, there are two dining options: Calabra rooftop and Palma. Palma is located downstairs left of the lobby and features three menus throughout the day. I’d hop in for breakfast or a casual dinner. Upstairs is the Calabra rooftop and is open all day. At night, the menu is very Mediterranean-inspired and a scenic spot to catch the sunset. I’d come here for cocktails and then dinner. *Reservations recommended for Calabra

Spa and Fitness

There is a massive fitness center and the Surya Spa at the hotel. The spa is centered around ayurvedic practices and offers a range of services from massage to facial. The hotel also has electric bikes for rent right on the property which would make for a great way to explore the area.

The Rooms

Santa Monica Proper Hotel

As one of the larger hotels in the area, there are 271 rooms and suites at the hotel. You’ll notice there are two options for each of the room types, like “Landmark Premier King” and “Premier King.” If noted as Landmark, this room category is located in the original 1920’s building (renovated of course) and has just a bit different decor and size. We chose to stay in a Premier King room.

Inside the room, I was so please with the decor and layout. Super functional, spacious, and lots of natural light fills the room. The all-marble bathroom was stunning and the Aesop bath amenities were a great touch. The walk-in shower was a highlight as well.

I also loved the Nespresso machine, ample closet space, and the lounge chair to use. Overall the room was well worth the category upgrade to have a bit more square footage with baby in tow.


I do recommend staying at the Proper. The stunning design felt like a living museum, the service was exceptional, and it was well located. We were able to do a lot during our three days (check out my L.A. Guide ) and found it convenient to explore the area from there.

My one downside is that it is quite the spot to be at so it certainly draws in more foot traffic than say the average hotel. But that comes with the territory of being such a beautiful destination to hang out at.


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