As everyone says, this is a new, hip, modern, chic hotel right across the highway from the beach and very near the pier. The bathroom rainfall shower is one of those best hotel experiences ever and one you won't forget. The pool area was a comfortable and happening place for a quick dip or just to hang out and relax. The staff was very helpful, friendly and efficient. For all of these reasons and more, it's easy to understand why this hotel is rated number 1 on Tripadvisor at this time.
But I'm mainly writing about the junior suite with a partial ocean view, which we booked for our 3-day stay. The reason for the "partial" view is because the junior suites are tucked into the corners of the U-shaped building which faces the beach. And the view is actually quite good once you step out onto the small L-shaped balcony. Because your room is tucked into the corner of the building though, there is only one small window and a single glass paneled door in the corner of the room. The sofa area itself is a small alcove, a little dark and not really "user" friendly as relating to the location of the main bedroom part of the room. For instance, there would be no way to watch t.v. from the sofa area. Kind of hard to explain but just keep in mind that we booked the room for the extra space but ended up not using the sofa alcove area at all. And if you were thinking of using it as a private sleeping space, that would not work either as it it just an alcove, part of the main room,. Would not book the junior suite again but otherwise, loved this place and hope to stay there again.
- 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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