Found this hotel through Tripadvisor and loved the beachfront location and photo gallery. It definitely my expectations.
The lobby was modern and spacious. We were greeted with complimentary champagne.
Not a fan of the 11am check in and 4pm check out times, but they were able to get our room ready early.
The room itself looked beautiful. We paid for a nice view but really only had a street view.
It was a bit far to walk from the elevator to our room, and it would've been nice to have more room service hours. In fact, we left our room for brunch at around 10am and returned at 2pm for a quick break to find that the room was still not made up even though we had pushed the "make up room" button and the service staff were two doors down when we had left.
There was a great-looking pool, but it was too cool in the season to try it out.
It was within walking distance of Santa Monica Place (open-air shopping center) and the Santa Monica pier. You just cross the street, and you're on the beach!
The hotel staff were very friendly.
There's an automated curtain that you can control in the bathroom to shield the shower from the view of the room. The bathroom door also slides. I would prefer more privacy in the bathroom (e.g., door that shuts and a real wall), but that's a personal preference.
I also wish there were faster check out options (e.g., through the tv) than having to go to the front desk.
When we asked the front desk for late night restaurant recommendations, she pointed us to a nearby lounge that was SUPER loud. I wish she could have warned us about not being able to hear each other from across the table.
It was a very clean and beautiful hotel with an excellent location. I would definitely return.
- 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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