Santa Monica’s First Lady

The Georgian Hotel boasts a rich historical background in the city of Los Angeles. First established in 1933, The Georgian was built as the vision of Attorney and Judge Harry J. Borde. Featuring classic Romanesque Revival and Art Deco architecture, it was one of the first skyscrapers built along Santa Monica’s Ocean Avenue. As Hollywood’s elite flocked to the location, The Georgian was nicknamed “The Lady'' in honor of Mr. Borde’s mother - Rosamond Borde - who had opened another hotel on the adjacent lot.

A True Speakeasy

As time went by, the basement restaurant at The Georgian gained recognition as one of the last strongholds of the Prohibition Era. Considered a genuine speakeasy, the restaurant and cocktail bar welcomed the likes of “Bugsy” Siegel, Clark Gable, Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, and many other Hollywood film stars and movie business moguls.

An Industrial Boom

From the 1940s through the 1950s, Santa Monica experienced a technological boom led by the Donald Douglas Aircraft Factory. During World War II, many of those in the service took up residence at The Georgian, alongside aircraft designers. Other guests at this time included gamblers who would take a motorboat offshore to the casino barges in Santa Monica Bay.

Summers in the 60s

In the late 1960s, The Georgian brought itself into the new era by reinventing itself as a modern, upscale apartment residence with bathrooms in each guest room. Tenants included philanthropist and socialite Rose Kennedy, who spent her summers at The Georgian entertaining journalists and Hollywood’s elite on the hotel’s oceanfront veranda.

Today’s Legacy

From an exclusive escape for American A-listers to a restful oasis for world travelers, The Georgian has played a variety of roles over the years. Today, after a series of multi-million dollar renovations, The Georgian retains its charm and hospitality as an official and ever-distinctive Los Angeles landmark.