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
Having stayed here last summer for 4 nights I had no hesitation in booking The Shore again. It’s location is perfect. Directly on Ocean Ave, steps from the Pier and access to shopping, beach and everything you would need. The hotel itself is fantastic. Rooms are immaculate with funky bathrooms and super comfy beds. A special mention to Veronica at check in. She went above and beyond to make us feel incredibly welcome. She was courteous, polite, professional and so friendly. I cannot remember ever having a check in experience like it. We’d had a long drive from Monterey and the glass of champagne she brought us along with fresh cookies was much appreciated. All members of staff here are fantastic but Veronica is a real asset to the hotel. In summary, a fabulous place to enjoy Santa Monica. Book it. You won’t regret it.
The hotel is located in the best place in Santa Monica, staff is very friendly, rooms are nice and clean but looks like 3-star hotel. I liked the cookies and apples in the reception and coffee in the morning. Parking is very expensive so better park in the nearby parking which is cheaper. Overall, it was a great vacation
The Shore has a Great location and is staffed with an outstanding customer service oriented staff. A wide selection of restaurants located nearby. Minutes from the Pier and close to a wide array of shopping options.