Restaurant: Fairmont Hotel | Santa Monica
Address: 101 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Drink Damage: Blueberry Thyme Cocktail | $14
Cucumber Lemonade | $14
Exterior Swag: The black bottom pool is surrounded by palm trees and large enough to find a corner for some private conversation. Lots of lounge chairs and an attentive housekeeping department and wait staff to keep you happy. But dress for the water, even if you don't plan to swim. The lounge chairs hug the pool so that even a toddler's kicks will soak you.
Food & Drinks: The drinks were delicious, though I'm really not sure if there was more than 1/2 an ounce of alcohol in each. Our party favored the Blueberry Thyme cocktail, as the cucumber really overpowered the ingredients in the other drink. Our food order was completely wrong and also inedible due to a hair in one item, but the friendly staff made up for the mishap with their politeness and apologies. Hard to get too upset on a beautiful day outside with friends. We do recommend the mushroom and spinach quesadilla (and suggest asking for extra salsa and guacamole), but the menu choices are extremely limited.
Service: Although our order was wrong the first time, I was impressed with how quickly our waiter (his first day) was able to get our replacement food. Hotel poolside service is typically really slow, and I'm sure our server had something to do with getting it expedited quickly.
Go-Back-Again-Ness: For families staying at this hotel, the pool side service will be perfect for a soda or a lemonade. People looking for strong drinks and a lively setting should probably choose another spot.