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“Magnificent hotel with a perfect view”
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Shore Hotel
Ranked #1 of 36 Hotels in Santa Monica
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Melbourne
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“Magnificent hotel with a perfect view”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2013

Santa Monica was the final leg of our USA holiday, so we wanted a nice finish to our month-long stay. Shore Hotel definitely does not disappoint.
The hotel itself is stunning. It's brand new and very, very modern. The lobby is made entirely of glass which was very chic. There is a pool central to the hotel that looked very appealing (even in winter.) The room is also modern, and the bathroom huge and luxurious. Our only complaint and the reason I'm giving four stars was that we had booked a Junior Suite, and the suite we were given was a small single room. There was not much space for four people.
The location is perfect, directly opposite the Pier and beach. We were a short walk to the 3rd Street Promenade, a lovely strip of excellent shops and restaurants. There was a restaurant next to the hotel called "Blue Plate Taco" where we ate a delicious dinner one night. This hotel was expensive, but with the magnificent view of Santa Monica, it's worth it.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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DieterSchmitz, Director of Guest Services at Shore Hotel, responded to this review, January 22, 2013
HolidaymamaMelbourne,
Thank you for choosing Shore Hotel during your travels from Melbourne. We are pleased to hear we were able to provide a relaxing finale to your holiday. We are proud to offer spacious guest rooms and bathrooms with breathtaking views into the Pacific as well an amicable service experience to match. We hope to see you during your next holiday and thank you again for your review!
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2013

My husband and I left our toddler with his parents and went to the Shore for a "staycation" in December.

We chose the hotel primarily for its location -- and in that respect, we were not disappointed. The hotel is in easy walking distance to the Promenade, Santa Monica Place, the Santa Monica Pier, and many great restaurants. We parked the car when we checked in and didn't take it out until we left, which was great.

The hotel itself we liked but didn't love. The aesthetic is what it is -- I think you'll know from the hotel's website whether that's what your looking for. Really appreciated the free wifi. What we didn't love was the lack of a restaurant within the hotel -- and the lack of any sort of in-room guide to the hotel (e.g., the only way to figure out whether the hotel had a fitness center (it does) was to call downstairs or log on to the hotel's website).

All told, I'm not sure it was quite worth the money. We liked it, but found it a bit overpriced. Next time, we'll likely spring for a (admittedly more expensive) room at a truly luxurious place like Shutters or opt to stay off of the beach.

Room Tip: We appreciated the extra room in the Junior Suite -- but do not that the Shore has a different defin...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Joseph H, Assistant Front Office Manager at Shore Hotel, responded to this review, January 20, 2013
Kmharness,
Thank you for taking the time to review our hotel. We appreciate you choosing our property during your staycation. Our hotel is definitely central to all that Santa Monica has to offer allowing guests to enjoy the Pier, Santa Monica Place and many great restaurants within a short walk and we are glad to know you did just that. As part of the check in process each agent is required to inform our guests about every amenity offered at Shore Hotel, including our state of the art gym and we apologize if you were not informed of such. Also, we are proud to offer Blue Plate Taco as our on-site restaurant which serves amazing fresh Mexican cuisine and a wide variety of dishes. We apologize if you were not informed about our restaurant and encourage you to give it a try sometime soon. Thank you again for choosing Shore Hotel during your time in Santa Monica!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2013

Stayed here with. Family with an ocean view room. Great location and with great restaurants and shops at your doorstep. Well worth the visit. Ate at the ivy Restaurant next door which was fantastic and went for walk the next day to farmers market. Eat at True Food across the road. The Pier across the road is fun the visit and the neighborhood safe and clean. Loved this place!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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DieterSchmitz, Director of Guest Services at Shore Hotel, responded to this review, January 17, 2013
Chris60V,
Thank you for choosing Shore Hotel during your travels from Sydney. I am pleased to read you enjoyed our central location within walking distance to the numerous amazing restaurants our great city has to offer. We hope to see you during your next visit to Santa Monica and thank you for your review!
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2013

Expensive hotel... stay away. Choose another for a fair price! Internet and cable TV does not work... Small room. No place to park when you check in (only two cars can park beside the hotel, always occupied). Nobody to help outside the hotel (if you find a place to park your car in front of the hotel, pray to not get a ticket because the police is always there checking). You can´t choose to use the luggage car by yourself. Expensive parking price (30 US$ per night). We are really not amused. Prefer The Ambrose, an excellent hotel just a few streets upper!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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DieterSchmitz, Director of Guest Services at Shore Hotel, responded to this review, January 14, 2013
GusBrasilia_Brazil,

Here at Shore Hotel we take full accountability in those rare occurrences when our performance does not meet our rigorous expectations in regards to creating a memorably personable and luxurious guest experience.

That being said your review does not seem to factually represent the amenities we are proud to offer at our hotel as we are happy to provide brand new flat screen televisions and cable, complimentary wireless internet throughout our hotel and guest rooms as well as over 300 spots of guest parking in our parking lot, all of which you allude to us not offering. We have not had any reports to any of these amenities not functioning and as we are on Ocean Avenue would never expect our guests to park in front of the hotel as we have ample parking in our lot.

I have contacted your account to learn more about your stay with us as the description of our property is quite alarming in comparison to the Four Diamond service and amenities we are proud to offer.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2013

We stayed at The Shore Hotel for 3 nights at the beginning of January. This was the last stop on our holiday (we had been in San Diego for 3 nights and Las Vegas for 6 nights previous to this). Having just got married in Vegas we were viewing this as a mini 'honeymoon' and we were not disappointed. The level of service we received from the minute we entered the hotel is second to none. Stevie on the reception desk immediately made us feel welcome and treated us like special guests. We were upgraded to an ocean view room and were given a complimentary glass of champagne on arrival (a very nice touch). She gave us a map of the area and some restaurant recommendations - Jinkys for breakfast is definately worth a shout!!
The rooms are very nice (not as big as the other rooms we'd stayed on our trip - but I'm assuming that's just normal for Santa Monica - and certainly plenty big for us; being from the UK we don't expect massive rooms) the quality of the furnishings is excellent and the bed very comfortable. We didn't mind the glass walled 'open' bathroom but if you didn't like it there is a privacy screen. I would have liked a bathtub as well as a shower - but that's just a personal preference.
The location of the hotel is perfect! Right across from the Pier and the beach and a 2 or 3 minute walk to shops, bars & restaurants. It couldn't be better.
We sampled the margaritas at the Blue Taco restaurant - excellent and pretty well priced taking into account the fantastic ocean views!!
The weather was nice enough for us to sit at the pool - lovely area but might get crowded in summer - with it being January it was only us crazy Brits using it so we found it very peaceful.
Hopefully we'll return to Santa Monica one day and I wouldn't stay anywhere else! The level of service we received at The Shore (especially from Stevie) was the best we had throughout our entire trip! And although it is a bit pricey (I think most places in Santa Monica are) it is worth the money! Thoroughly recommended!

Room Tip: Ocean View room is more expensive but the views are amazing. I think you'd get decent views fro...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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DieterSchmitz, Director of Guest Services at Shore Hotel, responded to this review, January 17, 2013
citybreak007,
Thank you for choosing Shore Hotel during your travels for your honeymoon celebration. We take great pride in ensuring we create lasting memories via our guest experience while understanding the rarity and importance of such memorable occasions. I will be sure to pass along your praise to Stevie and our entire team of passionate hoteliers who will be delighted to read this was the best guest experience you have encountered during your travels. We appreciate your review and hope the next time you visit the states from Scotland that we are able to host you again here at the Four Diamond Shore Hotel!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2013

Great location...across from Santa Monica Beach and right in the heart of shopping, dining and activities. The hotel was beautiful! We were upgraded upon arrival and had a wonderful view of the ocean! Great experience!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Joseph H, Assistant Front Office Manager at Shore Hotel, responded to this review, January 13, 2013
Karen K,
Thank you for taking the time to review our hotel. We are glad to hear how wonderful your stay was and our team is ecstatic to know you enjoyed your upgraded room. It is important for us to provide our guests with a memorable experience that you can cherish with your family. Thank you for choosing Shore Hotel during your travels. Please join us again soon, we look forward to your return!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2013

i loved my stay at the shore hotel. it was my birthday so i thought i would treat myself, i only stayed the one night but the hotel was great. Its in a great location, near the shops and only across the road from the pier - which had a great sunset. The staff were exceptionally helpful and informative, especially Jonathan who had grown up in the area so knew it well. The room was massive, clean and whilst i had a restrictive view on my balcony i was still able to sunbath (in decemeber)!!! They had a heated outdoor swimming pool and hot tub which was also good (bit disappointing that children were running around splashing each other though).

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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Jim S, Guest Services Supervisor at Shore Hotel, responded to this review, January 10, 2013
Johanna E.
Thank you for choosing The Shore Hotel as your birthday travel destination! We are thrilled we were able to take part in such a festive occasion. Also, thank you so much for writing such a wonderful review. The fact that you described us as, ‘Best Hotel Yet’ is truly gratifying. We keep our pool set at a comfortable 80 degrees so it can be enjoyed year round and we are happy you got to lay out in December! I will certainly pass along your praise to Jonathon and the rest of the staff. Their care and dedication to each guest is what sets us apart! Thanks again and we hope to see you for your next birthday!
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Property: Shore Hotel
Address: 1515 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2118
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Location: United States > California > Santa Monica > Santa Monica
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 36 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 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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