Did a "staycation," as I only live 20 miles away, but took advantage of off-season rates to stay by the ocean. The hotel is new and clean, and simplistic and modern in design. Everyone, from valet to check-in, was courteous and cheerful. I checked in quickly, however the hotel was not near capacity. Still, check-in staff was friendly and fast.
I had a partial ocean view room on the fourth floor, with the balcony looking southwest to the ocean. And yes, the way Ocean Avenue is designed, it is on a bluff overlooking the beach, and not "on the beach" in the traditional sense. However, it's a short distance to the ocean.
Room was spacious, usual amenities for the price, including nice towels, flat-screen TV, MP3 dock and a comfy bed. No criticisms, had a great stay and worth the price paid ($267/night). I rarely give five out of five, but Shore Hotel hit all aspects well.
- 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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