What We Love
- Location, location, location: by the oceanfront park, beach, pier and shopping on Third Street Promenade
- Comfortably contemporary design and sunny, unpretentious staff
- The hotel is LEED Gold certified, and once you get here no car is needed
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What To Know
- Typical of Santa Monica, ocean view does not mean oceanfront. There’s a street, a clifftop park and a bridge before you reach the beach
- Extra-thick glass sliding doors masterfully minimize traffic’s dull roar, but sensitive sleepers may still want earplugs
- Hallways connecting the two wings and garden are a bit mazelike
- A $4.50 Tourism Marketing District charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
The Shore opened in late 2011, and the feel is of the times: clean lines of wood grain and aluminum panels, and tall glass windows fronting busy Ocean Avenue and the Pacific below. In the glass and sandstone lobby, the staff welcomes guests with bubbly in tall beakers like bud vases, while just outside, in the central courtyard, lithe bodies and families frolic around a small pool and hot tub. Hallways are done up in shimmery creams, ivories and grays, and a ripple pattern carpet that looks as if you could dive into it.
Bed and Bath
The contempo-cool vibe continues in the 164 guestrooms, where polished gray marble floors open onto striped carpets and a turquoise, aluminum and orange color scheme. Your eye is naturally drawn toward the sliding glass doors, the balcony and the ocean beyond; some rooms have partial ocean, garden or city (i.e., street) views. You’ve probably stayed in larger rooms, but there’s plenty of dresser and closet space. Striations of mosaic tiles line shower stalls, which have one glass wall to let in light and offer a view outside while showering, if that’s your thing – there’s a privacy curtain if not. Bath products are by Aveda. In keeping with the green theme, furnishings are made of recycled and low-impact materials, and rooms have recycling bins, good-for-you organic coffees and nuts in the minibar, and low-flow plumbing.
The pool and hot tub (solar-heated, natch) provide an endless summer vibe until 11 p.m., and etched glass panels offer some privacy from the sidewalk just beyond. In the city-side wing, you can kick back in a tranquil garden with a glass of vino and your e-reader; free WiFi throughout the hotel is a thoughtful touch. The fitness room is compact but it offers a Noah’s Ark of cardio: two of each machine. The ocean-view lunch and dinner restaurant-bar, Blue Plate Taco, is a fun and funky backdrop for Mexican cooking from the traditional (tortilla soup) to the coastal and California-friendly (ceviche, lobster tacos, seasonal cocktails). A lobby coffee bar sells breakfast goodies, or your stay gets you discounted breakfast at a much-loved nearby café.
In the Area
Anyone who says that no one walks in LA hasn’t been to Santa Monica. Though surrounded on three sides by America’s second-largest city, it’s easily walkable and bikable (Bike Center, around the corner, rents bikes and offers tours). The Shore Hotel is steps from the amusement park on the world famous Santa Monica Pier and the beach, and the three-ring circus of the Venice Beach Boardwalk is about a mile to the south. Shopping at Santa Monica Place and the pedestrianized Third Street Promenade is just out the back door. High-end shoppers and celeb-spotters: hit LA faves like Kitson and Fred Segal.
How to Get There
The worest experience I ever had. I booked a room with two beds, when arrived at the hotel, I asked if it is possible to change the room to a king size bed, the lady who was checking us in, my wife and I, said it would cost $110 more. So we decided not to take it.. the next morning, i went to the reception and there was another lady, I asked to change the room because the room was so far, 8 min walking from the lobby! She said absolutely and they will let me know when the new room is ready.
After checking out, I was charged a $110 per night for changing the room!!
Asked to speak to the manager and the said at first he is busy then he is not here.. I emailed him and he didn't respond, really unprofessional, i felt i was cheated! I explained if I agreed to be charged $110 a night, i would take the room from the first night, why the hassle changing rooms, I just wanted a different room a closer one. I was on my honeymoon and this is how you treat people
And to be fair, the hotel is nice but not worth the money, you dont feel you are paying for a 4 stars hotel, plus the air-conditioning turns off if you open the balcony door to save energy! I paid a high price for what?
If you are okay with that, go for it but it is not a 4 stars hotel imo. Good Luck!
Sadly our luggage was stolen from our car by the valet parking team
Please be vigilant
When reporting to hotel they offered very little assistance
Hotel good area but not very friendly staff
I wouldn’t return here again
The Shore is in what might be the perfect location...literally steps from the iconic Santa Monica Pier sign (and world-famous tourist trap), and around the corner from the shopper’s paradise of the Third Street Promenade. It’s neatly sandwiched between a half dozen or so excellent places to eat, including Ivy at the Shore, and a block away from seafood, sushi, Boa steak, Meat, and much more.
The Shore, as you’ve likely already noted, isn’t cheap, but we felt it was worth the value when compared to more expensive options like the Loews (where we stayed last time). The Loews felt bigger and grandeur as a complex, but the Shore matches them for service and experience in nearly every regard. This location was also better for us, as there was more to walk to with our three-year-old. It’s close to the beach, the rides and attractions at the pier, plenty of shopping on and around the promenade, and more restaurants than we could possibly try in the week we were there.
Service was great upon checking in. The process was swift and we were given complimentary champagne as part of our welcome. The bellman, Danny, was helpful at getting us situated, sourcing additional hangers, and recommending some nearby places to eat.
We did valet a car for several nights and this was also expensive, but we liked the convenience of having quick access to our car for road trips. This was handled via text, and the valet staff was prompt and courteous each time we called for our car.
The front desk staff was always courteous, even when they were busy. One clerk made it a point to make sure our toddler got the complimentary chocolate chip cookie he wanted, even bringing it out to our chairs at the pool from the kitchen the moment it was ready. That was definitely above and beyond.
The property is modern and clean with a sophisticated/retro design look/feel. The pool isn’t huge, but ample for taking a dip, and the temperature was always perfect. Outside bar service was a little on the slow side, and less than attentive at times. They made a practice of closing out our tab after each separate drink or food order instead of letting us relax and enjoy a few poolside beverages, which was odd to us based on previous stays at other hotels. But this was a relatively minor annoyance in the grand scheme. The Shore is kid and family friendly, and all the kids we encountered were well behaved...so it wasn’t a zoo like some of the other places nearby. You could actually relax in a deck chair without the ruckus and rowdiness of a pack of unattended grade schoolers spoiling the vibe.
We had an interior room on the ground floor just off the pool. The room was small, but nicely appointed and complete with a fridge and coffee station. The television was enormous for the small space (which we liked), the beds were comfortable, and the shower was unexpectedly pleasant. WiFi was spotty, but free (a must these days, as higher-end hotels that still charge for WiFi are immediately off my short list). The small patio was cozy and private - perhaps a little too private for our taste, with solid, high walls that boxed you in and completely obstruct your view/access to anything, including the pool, which was annoying as we were just feet away from it...yet had to walk all the way around the serpentine interior to get there. A minor inconvenience, but something to be aware of if you are hoping, as we were, for easy access to the pool.
They had a complimentary happy hour one evening with live music, which they sent a reminder for via text. Complimentary beer, wine, and appetizers were provided.
Overall, a very pleasant visit and good value for a great boutique hotel in what might be the best location at the Santa Monica beach.
We celebrated our nine-year-old daughter's birthday at her favorite hotel, "Shore Hotel"
We asked if they could decorate the room and they went above and beyond doing a fantastic job decorating. My daughter was so surprised and felt so special so first shout out to Mika and Kai for decorations. And with all the decorations I had to ask for the room to be cleaned up midway and a shout-out goes to Aracely and Brenda for cleaning the room!
As always I have to give credit where credit's due so a big kudos to Daniel, Raul, Gabriela she Samaria who did a fabulous job with food and cocktails. And last but not least Tony and Danny for handling my luggage. Thank you everybody at Shore hotel for making me and my family feel so welcome!
Stayed over 4th of july week. The room was very clean and comfortable. The pool was an added bonus. Right across the street from Santa Monica pier. Great location to restaurants and 3rd street shopping. Would stay again.