Shutters on the Beach
What We Love
- The soothing Red Flower treatments at ONE The Spa range from hammams to ocean-inspired scrubs
- Location is steps from the beach
- Three dining options, from special occasion-worthy to beachy
- The striking façade, with its iconic whitewashed shutters and Juliet balconies
What To Know
- Pets are allowed, with a fee of $125 per stay
- Minimum check-in and guest age is 21
- Valet parking is available for around $35 per day
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Designer Michael Smith has imbued the guest rooms at this cult Santa Monica stay with worldly touches, from John Robshaw comforters to Tibetan rugs. The decadent marble bathrooms sport whirlpool tubs and TVs, and each room has a balcony from which to admire the ocean. Step out of your chic cocoon and you’ll have the chance to spot starlets having low key lunches at One Pico, the market-driven restaurant with a cozy fireplace and blue-chip views. Spa aficionados, meanwhile, will be in heaven at ONE, where bespoke massages and high-tech facials are the order of the day.
In the Area
Santa Monica’s Montana Avenue does double duty as a prime people watching destination and a place to give your credit card a workout. Don’t miss boutiques like Pretty Ballerinas, which does a brisk business in chic ballet flats; French Lessons, where you can stock up on wares from Diane Von Furstenberg and Alice & Olivia; and Stacia, selling chic knitwear made from sustainable fibers like bamboo. Recover from the retail binge at century-old landmark the Santa Monica Pier, with its nostalgic dining, live entertainment, and famous Ferris Wheel.
How to Get There
Our expensive suite looks out on the world’s ugliest parking lot. Would it kill them to add a few trees?
It’s my fault for not realizing how unappealing this part of Santa Monica can be but I feel like we’re staying in Coney. The beach/boardwalk is full of garbage, dog poop and scary looking dudes. I went running and couldn’t escape the overwhelming pot smell just outside the confines of the hotel. It’s fun to look out on the beach from the hotel restaurant, tho. Just take a bath in rubbing alcohol if you walk on the sand barefoot.
Speaking of smells, there was is a particularly awful one when you get off the elevator on the second floor. I’m not sure if it’s must or something dying in the walls, but it doesn’t make for a 5 star experience. Or even a three star.
All that complaining aside, the front desk staff and bellmen are terrific. They are helpful and upbeat without being obsequious.
This is a beautiful hotel with excellent facilities and outstanding service (in line with the cost, it should be said). The decor is very New England, and the design touches are thoughtful and not over the top. Little things like the juggling balls and yo-yo in the room, the spinning decision toy and really interesting books sound a bit superfluous, but make a difference at hotels of this level. The bar staff were brilliant and remembered our names fro the first night. It’s pricey, but worth it.
We loved everything about this resort, from the moment we arrived until the moment we took our leave. The staff was personable, friendly, and most helpful. The room was a delight to step into! We loved all the special touches that made this stay unforgettable!
I love this hotel. Despite cold and pouring rain, we had a great stay thanks to the amazing, friendly service of the staff, fireplaces going in the lobby and the cozy appointed rooms. The pool is sheltered from the wind and enough of a sun trap to allow for sunbathing even in the dead of winter. The food at both restaurants is excellent.
The location was great with teenagers. We rented motorized scooters just outside the hotel and bikes from the hotel. Santa Monica pier and Venice beach are both within walking distance as is great shopping, whether you want to do it at the outdoor mall or if the funky thrift shops. Greater LA is an easy Uber ride away.
Sat outside overlooking the beach and ocean. Enjoyed a fabulous breakfast; great food, attentive service and proper coffee! OK, a little pricey but a quick look around the lobby and entrance shows why – it's a classy place!