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Shore Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1515 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401   |  
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Ranked #1 of 34 Hotels in Santa Monica
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Woodbridge, New Jersey
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“MUST STAY!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2012

My boyfriend and I traveled to SM in February over President’s Weekend as a quick four day getaway. Neither of us had ever been to the west coast, being that we are from the NY/NJ area, so we wanted to see as much as we could and have the best time possible while in California.

Location:
The Shore Hotel is the quintessential 'beach hotel' and is within minutes from the SM Pier, PCH and SM beaches. SH is also in walking distance to the 3rd Street Promenade (we took a nice walk to Starbucks every morning), outdoor mall, rooftop restaurants, shops, bars etc. We were also in walking distance to my boyfriend’s favorite clothing company ever, The Hundreds, which he was very pleased with!! The location could not have been any better! We took a few day trips into LA, Hollywood and Beverly Hills (about a 30 minute drive) and the entrances/exits to the freeway were very close in proximity to the hotel.

The Room:
Walking into our room (on the fourth floor, ‘street view’) we were both very impressed with how clean and orderly the room looked. The design is simple yet pops with the right about of vibrant colors.

View: our balcony looked out into the street and across from us was the parking garage for the outdoor mall and the rooftop food court. Neither of us minded the view because we were able to sneak a peak of the sunrise every morning through the palm trees toward the end of the road. Also, it was fun to see the many people walking below going about their day. It was never overly noisy for us, the doors and curtains did a wonderful sound proof job because we were never bothered with excessive noise.

Bathroom: VERY clean and the design was stunning. Although there is a full glass partition between the bathroom and the bedroom, the motorized privacy screen covered the entire partition from top to bottom leaving ultimate privacy when needed. The shower was very relaxing; we both enjoyed the ‘rain-like’ shower head and the slanted shower bottom. There was more than enough counter space for our toiletries, too.

Robes: SO comfortable but tended to leave white fuzz on our clothes, so make sure you pack a lint roller if you decide to wear them! Haha

Bed: one of the most comfortable beds that we have slept in away from home. The sheets were very soft and warm, the pillows were a bit soft for my liking but we did not mind all that much.

iHome: docking station (we both have iPhones and an iPad) were able to dock/charge and play music!

TV: a nice flat screen that swiveled, there is a restriction on the sound levels (which is smart so that they are not so loud that a neighboring room can hear) only thing, there was not an option to rent movies. The WiFi was fast; we never had a problem logging on!

Business Center/Gym: We enjoyed the large iMac computers when we had to print our boarding passes and although we did not use the gym, we still went in and took a peek and it was very clean and had machines, weights, towels etc. We did not have a chance to use or enjoy the pool and hot tub but it always looked clean and there was always someone in the hot tub when we were downstairs so it must have been good!

Service: The staff at the Shore Hotel could not have been any nicer!! Whether it was the front desk or even the cleaning service, we were always being greeted with a ‘Hello’ and a smile. On our trip, my boyfriend had gotten sick and I called down to the front desk and they were able to tell me where the nearest CVS, Walgreens etc was.

Overall, this hotel is a MUST STAY. As a younger, mid-20s couple, we enjoyed and appreciated the young, modern, stylish look and feel of the Shore Hotel. We have planned another trip out to California in August and have ZERO doubt about where we are planning to stay. We cannot wait to come back!!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DieterSchmitz, Director of Guest Services at Shore Hotel, responded to this review, February 13, 2013
Mackenze6,

Thank you for your detailed review and for choosing Shore Hotel during your visit from New Jersey. We appreciate your praise and will be sure to pass it along to our entire team of passionate hoteliers. Detailed reviews such as yours are essential when it comes to continually improving our guest experience and our new brand and we couldn’t thank you enough. We hope to see you in the very near future and thank you once again for your review!

Dieter Schmitz
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Rossland, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2012

Just returned from a 5 night stay at this beautiful hotel and cannot wait to go back! The sleek ultra modern boutique feel, the super friendly staff, the private luxurious pool area, the spotlessly clean rooms, the view and an unmatched location; Shore Hotel has it all! It's a minute walk away to the Pier, Park, Beach, Restaurants, Shopping and Nightlife. Just as easy to stay at the hotel and relax. Brandi at the front desk is the best! She is an outstanding employee amongst a fabulous staff. We appreciated her daily suggestions of fun things to do. I have never felt so relaxed and looked after by a hotel while travelling. I would recommend this hotel to anyone. It is a destination to visit in Santa Monica.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nichelle N, Assistant Front Office Manager at Shore Hotel, responded to this review, April 5, 2012
Hello Barbara R. Thank you so much for taking the time out to write a review! Firstly, we are so proud of Brandi and your praises have been passed along to her and our entire team! It's so nice to know that you enjoyed our solar-heated pool, our modern design and our location. As many guests have mentioned, our location can't be beat. You will not have to move your car at all during your stay! Also knowing that your room was "spotlessly clean" is excellent and these comments have been shared with our wonderful housekeeping staff. Please keep us in mind for your next trip to Santa Monica! Thank you again and we hope to see you again in the very near future.
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St. Jacobs, Canada
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2012

My wife and I have stayed at many hotels around the world and have to say this one rates easily in the top 3. From the moment we walked in the door, the staff (all of them) greeted us with friendly smiles and welcomed us. Key points to this hotel: Location: right across the street from the pier, 30 minute walk to venice beach, 5 minute walk to 3rd street promanade, restaurants everywhere nearby, if you want to buy a bottle of wine there is a liquour store a 1/2 block away. Cleanliness: the hotel is immaculate and rooms are always cleaned to perfection. Staff all staff in the building were very friendly and acccomodating. Atmosphere: the hotel is very modern and dare I say cool! Rooms: the rooms are very modern with glass showers that look from bathroom through to the rest of the room (there is a privacy screen if you require). The ocean view rooms are either directly looking at the ocean or angled (angled rooms are cheaper, but still offer a good view) Overall the room was great, but if you prefer firm pillows, request them on booking. Oh ya don't complain that there isn't a resataurant in the hotel (it will be open soon) there are plenty of restaurants within a 2 minute walk and they can have anything you want ordered in. There are few hotels that we have returned to, but this will definitely be one of them!

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nichelle N, Assistant Front Office Manager at Shore Hotel, responded to this review, April 5, 2012
Thank you Brian B. for your review! It is a pleasure to hear that our friendly and accomodating staff exceeded your expectatations during your visit. Thanks for pointing out that our location is directly in the heart of it all in Santa Monica. As you alluded to, we are in walking distance to the 3rd Street Promenade and the Pier as well as countless restaurants. Our decor provides a cool and hip atmosphere while making comfort and functionality our first priorities. We cannot wait for our restaurant and hope that you will be able to join us again in the near future to enjoy it. Thanks again for your review and we hope to see you soon!
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2012 via mobile

I just stayed at the shore for 7 nights over two stays and highly recommend it.
Location is great and really the only negatives are there is no restaurant yet and cellphone reception is negligible in some rooms.
I will definitely be back at the Shore again soon.

Stayed March 2012
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Nichelle N, Assistant Front Office Manager at Shore Hotel, responded to this review, April 2, 2012
Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review Scott W.! And, thank you for being one of our valued return guests! Shore's location is one that is very convenient for not only all of Santa Monica's main attractions, but accessible to most of Los Angeles' hot spots as well. The restaurant is well on its way...and we are very excited about it! We are so pleased that you continue to choose us and will continue to do so in the future. Thank you so much and we'll see you soon!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2012

This Hotel was lovely. Great location-walking distance to restaurants, the Pier and shopping.
Modern, hip and very clean. Staff is extremely friendly and helpful. Loved it!!

Room Tip: Back rooms overlooking little courtyard were very peaceful and quiet.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nichelle N, Assistant Front Office Manager at Shore Hotel, responded to this review, April 2, 2012
PSilvain, thank you so much for your review! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed our location and that our staff helped to make your stay that much more enjoyable. With a wide array of room types, we are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed our lovely "Garden View" rooms. Thank you again for your review and we look forward to your next visit!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2012

Great location, beautiful hotel, a very restful and stress-free stay. And the pool was wonderful too! You can't take a bad photo of this hotel, and yet it still doesn't do this hotel justice -- it looks so stark and modern that you might think the place is "snooty." But the friendly service and happy guests make this place a true sanctuary. Our kids felt right at home and we all had a wonderful vacation at this hotel.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jim S, Guest Service Supervisor at Shore Hotel, responded to this review, April 2, 2012
Sfwork, Thank you so much for your review! We are thrilled that you and your kids had a wonderful experience at our hotel. The hotel is without a doubt aesthetically beautiful and we are glad you had some great photo opportunities. I will pass along your praise to the staff and know they are going to be overjoyed at your comments. With their warm and friendly service they truly create a ‘sanctuary.’ Thanks again, and we hope to see you soon!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2012

I was in Santa Monica for 2 weeks for training and they reserved a room at the Shore Hotel for me. The hotel was gorgeous. The colors and the lines of the rooms and buildings were very eye-catching. The staff was also wonderful. Everyone was super friendly and always greeted me when I walked through the lobby. The hotel is right across the street from the Pier and the beach. It's about 2 blocks from the Promenade which is the place to go to people watch, grab a bite to eat and do some shopping.

I'd definitely stay at the Shore Hotel next time I head to Santa Monica!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jim S, Guest Service Supervisor at Shore Hotel, responded to this review, April 2, 2012
Lisa H, We are glad we were able to host you during your training in Santa Monica! Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review. The design of the hotel is definitely ‘eye-catching’ and we are thrilled it attracted you. Also, I will pass along your praise to our staff. We are dedicated to providing each guest with an ‘above and beyond’ experience and we are glad we were able to do that with you. Hope to see you soon!
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Address: 1515 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Location: United States > California > Santa Monica
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 34 Hotels in Santa Monica
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Shore Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 164
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The essence of legendary 5 star customer service and breath taking ocean views Shore Hotel celebrated our soft opening in early October of 2011 and are proud to be Santa Monica's first and only upscale boutique Gold LEED certified property. Shore Hotel is pleased to announce the recent opening of our poolside bar as well as the much anticipated opening of our restaurant, Blue Plate Taco on September 23rd, 2012. Shore Hotel is located on Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica, just steps from the Santa Monica Pier, 3rd Street Promenade, and the city’s popular beaches and shopping districts. Shore Hotel is the newest addition to the coastline—a Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified property that offers eco-friendly accommodations with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. Gensler Architecture conceived the Shore Hotel’s California modern design, which features 164 stylishly appointed rooms dressed in beach shades of teal and orange and outfitted with custom-made Teak wood furniture. ... more   less 
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