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Shutters on the Beach
Ranked #6 of 36 Hotels in Santa Monica
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

If you are staying in Santa Monica, this is probably the best hotel. It is right on the beach, has a small pool, a great lobby with a jazz trio playing every evening at 6, and great rooms with very high four-post beds. The room I received had a great Ocean View. I also commend some of the staff, including the person at the front desk who gave us great recommendations for late night dining for Asian food. The free car service to nearby restaurants was also great. We purposely reserved this hotel as a means to recover from three days in Disneyland.

So all should be well, but there was something that was acutely uncomfortable about this hotel. The clientele tends to be quite well off people and this leads to quite a "country clubby" atmosphere. This is the type of place where if you do not dress the part (i.e., wear "resort wear" or long pants in the evening or undertake some other act commensurate with your station or level of wealth or whatever), you may get some looks from guests as well as hotel staff. I like staying in nice places, but I also like to revel in the lap of luxury while I wear sandals and shorts. Any hotel with an "esteemed" clientele could not be blamed for this, but I do fault some of the staff also. I got the feeling that I was being judged by my appearance which determined the level of service or help they provided. I don't think this applied to all of the employees, but it wasn't the case where this snootiness applied to just one or two persons.

Santa Monica was a great place to visit and I believe I would come back to Santa Monica, but I don't believe I would come back to this property.

I saw some children at the cafe during breakfast, and there is a bath toy in the form of a whale which is placed in the bathroom, as well as a yo yo and juggling beanbags. Other than this, there is no other element of the hotel which could be deemed child-friendly.

Room Tip: I usually do not opt to pay extra for an Ocean View room, but this time it was worth it.
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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 April 2012

after a few days there has a hampton feel. with a nantucket traditional decor. very nice vibe but everyones seems to walk around with there thumb up there but. if your over 60 this place is for you i recommend that you book now. we checked out early and reserved 2 rooms next door at the loes it was very laid back and..

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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 April 2012

Once I enter the lobby, a sense of calm is felt. Experiencing this hotel is a must for any traveler, especially a traveler that needs an escape.

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Reviewed 8 April 2012

after a few days there has a hampton feel. with a nantucket traditional decor. very nice vibe but everyones seems to walk around with there thumb up there but. if your over 60 this place is for you i recommend that you book now.
we checked out early and reserved 2 rooms next door at the loes it was very laid back and the food is devine

Room Tip: you dont want to be on the back street overlooking the hotel select a front beach room
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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 April 2012

Sayed two nights at Shutters winding up a girl's trip down the coast...the room was so beautiful with a fabulous view of the ocean (rooms 733 &732).. food and service great! The bed was pure luxury!

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Shutters on the Beach

Address: 1 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405-1063
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Region: United States > California > Santa Monica > Santa Monica
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Santa Monica
#4 Business Hotel in Santa Monica
#5 Luxury Hotel in Santa Monica
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Monica
#14 Family Hotel in Santa Monica
#16 Romantic Hotel in Santa Monica
Price Range: ₹ 41,911 - ₹ 60,030 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Shutters on the Beach 5*
Number of rooms: 198
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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