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 had the pleasure of staying at the Shore Hotel for 2 nights. The property was immaculate including the pool area, lobby and amenities. We booked a pool side 2 queen bed room. The beds were comfortable and the room was large. We would likely avoid the poolside in the future as we were in the room directly beside the outdoor bar which limited privacy.
We stayed at Shore for two nights. Unfortunately there are a few kinks to iron out. Apparently there is some political strife given the lack of permits for the hotel.
This led to picketers out front who frankly had a valid point.
But to the hotel...nice rooms, clean modern and sustainable design. Be aware that some of the amenities one might expect such as a restaurant and bar (they have temporary spaces) aren't present. But staff were kind. In general an okay stay, but pricey given the above.
Shore Hotel was amazing in every way! This hotel exceeded every expectation I had had about Santa Monica. Every detail was taken care of, right down to the champagne upon entry and then being given free passes to ride the amusement rides at the pier. The employees in this hotel are absolutely the most polite and hospitable people I have had the pleasure of dealing with. They were altogether extremely helpful with giving excellent advice about the surrounding area of the hotel. I was genuinely sad to have to leave. Thank you for beautiful views and beautiful service!