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“Solid choice in Santa Monica” 4 of 5 stars
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Shore Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1515 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401   |  
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Sydney, Australia
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“Solid choice in Santa Monica”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

I enjoyed my stay in Santa Monica at the Shore Hotel, especially for its proximity to beach and shops. I was more than pleased with my Garden View room and was pleasantly surprised with a distant ocean view from the balcony as well as a seperate bathroom. I doubt all rooms in this category have as good a situation so perhaps I was lucky. I did experience external noise interruptions from the corridor one night however thankfully the rest of the stay was pretty quiet. Service standards were good and in fact I had exemplary assistance from the front of house staff when the airline lost a piece of my luggage but this is not a five star establishment with concierge services and room service so you need to be mindful of this when booking. It's a good choice for a few nights if you know what you want to do in the Santa Monica area

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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DieterSchmitz, Director of Rooms at Shore Hotel, responded to this review, March 26, 2013
SYDmelp,

Thank you for your review and for alluding to our personable guest experience and central location here in Santa Monica. We hope we are able to have the honor of having you as our valued guest again the next time your travels bring you to our area from Sydney!

Dieter Schmitz
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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

I stayed at Shore Hotel with some friends in March of 2013. The hotel is as good as brand new, could tell the staff there took very good care of the hotel. All the staff I encountered during my stay were very pleasant to deal with. The location is perfect - close to many excellent restaurants, the Santa Monica Pier, shopping, and importantly the beach. The glass of champagne at check in was also a nice touch which made us feel extra welcome to the hotel. I will be going back to Shore Hotel next time I'm in Santa Monica or even Los Angeles for that matter.

  • Stayed March 2013, 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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DieterSchmitz, Director of Rooms at Shore Hotel, responded to this review, March 26, 2013
TravisMah,

Thank you for choosing Shore Hotel during your travels from Calgary and for your review. We are delighted you enjoyed our complimentary champagne arrival to start your guest experience. I am lucky to have such an amazing team of passionate hoteliers who take great pride in every interaction we have with our guests and we look forward to your return!

Dieter Schmitz
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

The rooms and service are really good as is the location. Just a short walk to the pier and downtown santa Monica. There is parking at $35/day. The WiFi is good and free. My only criticism is that the soundproofing in the rooms could be better. I would be happy to stay here again

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DieterSchmitz, Director of Rooms at Shore Hotel, responded to this review, March 26, 2013
IzzyWi,

Thank you for your review and perfect service rating. Please do visit us again in the near future here at the Four Diamond Shore Hotel!

Dieter Schmitz
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Seattle, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

Tired of cold, snowy, wet weather? Santa Monica’s fabulous year round weather and gorgeous expansive sandy beach is the perfect destination for a quick getaway. One of our favorite hotels to stay at is the modern and eco-friendly Shore Hotel on Ocean Ave.

The Shore Hotel is a boutique beachfront property for the environmentally conscious traveler that doesn’t want to sacrifice luxury amenities. The efficiently designed property has a contemporary pool in the courtyard as well as a fitness center for all guests. The guest rooms are hip withcolors of the sea and sunsets. Each room has a private balcony with an array of different incredible views of the ocean, courtyards, and/or cityscape. The technology the hotel utilizes is cutting-edge. You can get a RFID (radio
frequency identification) card at check-in that automatically adjusts and controls lighting, temperature and other features as you leave and enter the room.

Blue Plate Taco is a fabulous recent addition to the Shore Hotel. The menu features fresh and inventive coastal Mexican cuisine and cocktails for lunch and dinner. Be sure to try the lobster tacos and guacamole. While there may not be a permanent bar or restaurant physically in the hotel it does host a small bar in the lobby each evening so guests can enjoy a cocktail poolside or in the sleekly designed lobby. The rooms are also stocked with a variety of well priced organic snacks and beverages to munch on.

Ideally located just steps from theSanta Monica Pier, Heal The Bay Aquarium, and the ocean. Rent a beach cruiser and take the bike path down to Venice Beach Boardwalk for some serious people watching or walk ocean side and possibly catch a whale breach. The property is close to all of Santa Monica’s fabulous shopping. You can head towards the 3rd Street Promenade, Fred Segal, or Uber it to Beverly Hills famous Rodeo Drive.

Whether you venture out or want to just relax the LEED Gold Certified Shore Hotel haseverything you need in eco luxury amenities and in its superb location.

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  • Stayed February 2013, 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 Rooms at Shore Hotel, responded to this review, March 26, 2013
LuxuryMarketplacecom,

Thank you for your detailed review and for contributing such amazing pictures to our Trip Advisor page! We take great pride in being Santa Monica’s only LEED Gold, Four Diamond property and match our commitment to our environmental practices with a legendary guest experience that provides a refreshing escape to the mundane norm many have come to accept. We thank you once again for your detailed review of our new property and Blue Plate Taco and look forward to the honor of having you back with us in the future!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013 via mobile

My sister and i stayed at the shore for three nights on our first trip to the usa from australia. This hotel was a bit out of our budget but we were glad we spent the extra when we got there! The rooms were fantastic and the glass shower really helped to open it up. Everything was spotless and we are fairly fussy with cleanliness. The shore was well located for exploring santa monica and venice beach etc but without a car, we found it a little difficult and expensive to get around to disneyland, the staples centre etc. free wifi was great as we dont get this in australian hotels. Customer service was amazing especially the lovely stevie who couldnt do more to help us even writing a list of the best things to do at dismeyland so a big thanks to her. The only issue we had the whole stay was an overcharging issue when settling the bill however this was rectified in the end. Highly recommend the shore!

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jim S, Guest Services Supervisor at Shore Hotel, responded to this review, March 22, 2013
Gosaints2011,

We are thrilled we were able to host you and your sister during your first visit to the USA! Also, thank you so much for your review. As you noticed, from housekeeping to guest services, our amazing staff excels in each department. We are focused and driven to surpass guest expectations on every level. I will certainly pass along your praise to Stevie. She is an amazing example of the determination our team has in making each guest’s stay memorable. Thanks again and we hope to see you soon.

Jim Surace
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Kingman, Kansas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

When my friend and I decided to visit LA, my brother gave us many hotels to choose from. The Shore Hotel is a new and wonderful hotel. A great asset to Santa Monica! We were greeted by two wonderful ladies at the front desk, given an upgrade on our room and glasses of champagne. Everyone at the hotel was wonderul.....we couldn't decide what we were going to miss most...the bed, the robe, the shower or the whole room!

Room Tip: The hotel is in a great location! You can walk to a lot of places or they will help you get transpor...
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  • Stayed March 2013, 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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Jim S, Guest Services Supervisor at Shore Hotel, responded to this review, March 22, 2013
Jenny R,

Thank you so much for your review. Our goal since opening is to go above and beyond for each guest, providing service that exceeds that of the basic hotel experience. Seeing we succeeded in doing so for you gives us great pride. I will definitely pass along your praise to all of the staff, especially the front desk. Thanks again and we hope to see you soon.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

A nice hotel that doesn't quite live up to the nightly rate for a number of reasons. But the biggest complaint I have is the experience of having cigarette smoke drift into my room on two nights, and this is supposed to be a smoke-free hotel. When I checked in I looked over at one of the room balconies and someone is casually hanging out on their balcony smoking a cigarette. So, I assume they don't really police their non-smoking policy.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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DieterSchmitz, Director of Rooms at Shore Hotel, responded to this review, March 21, 2013
kascoop,

Shore Hotel is proud to be Santa Monica’s only Four Diamond, LEED Gold property and we are a 100% smoke free facility. Guests are made aware of our firm policies during their registration process and we do charge a non-refundable smoking fee as well as ensuring any guest who does not comply with our policy is handled promptly by our security team whom is on property 24 hours a day. Subsequently we proactively make every effort to catch such rare cases immediately and regret we did not see this case or that we were not informed of this specific incident during your stay with us for immediate rectification. We hope the next time you visit Santa Monica from Seattle you give us another chance to enjoy our award winning smoke free property as I can assure you this rare occurrence will not be repeated.

Dieter Schmitz
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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
Hotel Style:
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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