The obvious knock against this hotel is the price. From my research, it is the most expensive in Santa Monica. We stayed the last week of April, which I would consider off season, and the full ocean view king room was $535 a night. We received a free upgrade to a premier ocean view, which, of course, had a higher rate. However, other than price, I can’t really think of a complaint. I understand the similar rooms in Casa del Mar next door are bigger but for two of us, we had no complaints about the size of our room.
Our main objectives for our week long vacation in the Los Angeles area was rest and relaxation. We wanted to be by the ocean, in walking distance of shops and good restaurants, fitness room, spa nearby and a comfortable room to hang out in. Santa Monica became the obvious choice and only two hotels fit all the wants and were actually on the beach: Shutters and Casa del Mar. Shutters won because of the albeit tiny balcony but with huge glass doors and windows. We thoroughly enjoyed sitting on the balcony with coffee in the morning, or with books and a beverage in the afternoon, and even when it became too windy to sit on the balcony, loved having the doors open, the sun shining in and listening to the sound of the surf.
Our room was on the oceanside directly above the beach pathway at the front of the hotel. We enjoyed it thoroughly. We lounged in the super comfortable bed on lazy mornings watching the surf, reading, checking tv and drinking coffee from the in room machine. The bathroom was very spacious, full of spa amenities (some at an additional cost) with a jacuzzi tub and bathroom tv. We used room service frequently for buckets of ice, extra coffee and once for breakfast. Service was very quick. Complimentary bottles of water and a small basket of fruit were sent to us on our first night.
We tried both restaurants: Coast for breakfast and dinner at One Pico. Food and service were very good. We had drinks at the bar next to the reception area where we could gaze out on the beach or admire the art on the walls.
The fitness center and spa are small but the fitness center provided a good range of equipment and the spa treatment of massage and pedicure were excellent. One day we rented the hotel’s beach cruiser bicycles and pedalled to the Santa Monica State Beach. We also took advantage of the free yoga sessions.
There’s a small room for a business center, where we got boarding passes printed before departure, and a convenience shop with a range of clothing, beach, spa and gift items.
The only thing we did not experience was the pool area because it was not warm enough and too windy for us, although we saw others swimming about.
We would love to return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Shutters on the Beach is more than just a spectacular place to stay, it’s the epitome of Southern California’s breezy lifestyle. This captivating hotel is located directly on the sand and within walking distance of the area’s biggest attractions including the Santa Monica Pier and hundreds of shops and restaurants. For business or pleasure, this quintessential beachfront hideaway is known as the place the high-profile go to be low-profile. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Shutters On The Beach Hotel Santa Monica
- Shutters Beach
- Shutters Santa Monica