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
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
We paid over 45$ per night in this high ranked hotel. The location was good but that’s not all I expect from a hotel in this picerank. We expected a good night sleep (that’s reasonable) and we couldn’t because of sounds. There were a ticking/knocking sound from the bathroom wall. When neighbouring guest closed doors or walking/talking in the hallway you heard everything. The bed was also short for tall people like us (foots hanging outside). We had a courtyard view from our balcony, that’s fine (saw the sea from the balcony and the courtyard was quite). But the smell! It smelled very intense from some kind of bbq restaurant so we couldn’t have the door opened (the whole room become smelly so your clothes felt less fresh). There were no breakfast included in the price which made it feel even less value for money.
Samaria was a wonderful waitress and made the perfect morning start to our day! She was attentive and lovely and made sure my coffee was always full (much needed). Not only is the hotel itself perfect and on the coastline the staff makes it even more memorable.
We stayed at the Shore hotel only one night but the hotel is beautiful and the staff exceptional. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t the best but it was still an amazing stay. It was close to shopping and a ton of restaurants.
I stayed in this hotel for 2 nights to begin my holiday on the west coast of America. The room was spotless and very modern. Weather was quite overcast so didnt get a chance to use the pool but the pool area looked small but very nice. But the stand out point about this hotel is its location, the hotel is about a 2 minute walk to the pier and 5 minutes from all the shops , i would highly recommend this hotel.
My visit to the Shore Hotel began with a bit of a challenge. The daily room fee was a bit of a surprise, I prefer full disclosure prior to booking, which was not the case with this trip for me. The young ladies at the reception desk did their best to accomodate us They were pleasant and professional. The hotel is very clean and the staff was amenable.
We had breakfast on site and were were waited on by Marilyn who was fantastic. She was pleasant professional and worked quickly.
Mr. Saladana is the food and beverage supervisor and his work ethic is beyond reproach. He welcomed us and treated us with regard and courtesy.
Although he worked alone, he made it a point to continually check in with us and ensure that we had what we
Needed. He was a pleasant and professional host and I am pleased to say that I will make the Shore Hotel my go to place any time I am in LA. I give the place 5 stars!!..thank you Mr. Saladana, New Yorkers are hard to please, you made our stay a great one.