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
I came here with my brother and sister for the first time in Santa Monica and this is the place to stay. Brittany and Shivani at the front desk gave exceptional service! The champagne on arrival was so nice. On Thursdays they have an amazing happy hour and live music! Raul was our bartender and he made sure we never went thirsty. Carlos the food & beverage director made sure the food during happy hour didn't run out! Erica and Mika were so kind and made sure we were settled in and enjoying our stay. The room service we ordered for breakfast was amazing! Rafael delivered it to our room, he was so professional and made sure we had everything that we ordered. I would definitely recommend this hotel, it was great being at the center of it all! Especially being so close to the beach!!
I can't even put into words how gorgeous this place was. We went to Cali to visit my brother and had a great time. The staff is awesome! When we got there, we were given champagne by Brittany. Thursday there was live music and a free happy hour! Raul was the bartender, he made sure to top off our drinks. Shivani from the front desk made sure we had beach towels. Carlos the F&B Director (Food & Beverage) was very helpful as well,he made sure that the drinks and food were up to par. Everyone was so welcoming and friendly, Erica and Mika made sure we were doing okay as well. We ordered breakfast and got room service brought in, Rafael was prompt, friendly and very professional. You can tell the staff want their visitors happy and satisfied. I will definitely stay at this hotel again. It's right near the Santa Monica Beach! It's one of the best hotels I've stayed in.
I went to Santa Monica and stayed at this magnificent hotel..All the staff is great the bar tender raul is a amazing bartender. The ladies at the front desk are great. But my most favorable moment is when I didn't have any cash to get a pop to make a mixed drink and one of the employees, I believe his name was Danny gave me cash.????????????. If I could I would have kissed him lol j.k but very great place to stay.????????????