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“Nicest Hotel I've Ever Stayed...” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Shutters on the Beach
Ranked #5 of 36 Hotels in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence
San Francisco, California
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11 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“Nicest Hotel I've Ever Stayed...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2012

And I am hard to please.

Location - right on the south side of the Santa Monica beach. You walk outside the hotel (from the downstairs) and you're right on the beach!

The rooms are spacious and have a balcony. The detail in the rooms are impressive, from classic books to jungling balls, sauna bath-tubs to tv's in the bathroom.

Wet/dry bar in room, hair dryer, soup, etc are all in room. However, no coffee maker but they have coffee in the lobby in the mornings for free.

My only regret is that I was planning to stay there again (August 1-3, 2012) and the hotel is sold-out! How disappointing! I guess, I have to find somewhere else to stay. :(

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2012

Stayed here for just one night on a short stopover in LA. We wanted a classic, traditional hotel out of downtown LA and this fit the bill perfectly. Was very nice and they delivered what they promised. Space is a premium here so there's not much of it. Balconies are tiny and partial ocean view means just that. But the staff is nice, the rooms are very comfortable and it was just what we needed for the purpose.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Tokyo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2012

We spent 5 nights at Shutters and booked two adjoining rooms. The rooms are lovely, definitely big enough for two people and the beds are very comfortable. Both rooms had a "partial" ocean view, which was lovely and I preferred not to be right on the front of the promenade where everyone walks past anyway. It is a little bit of a "maze" to get to the room, taking two different elevators, but you get used to it very quickly.

The lobby staff, concierge, doormen and valets are all very friendly and professional. The cafe downstairs is okay but a little pricey for breakfast. There are other places for breakfast not too far away, so it's work checking out yelp. Lunch at the cafe was also quite nice but again there are better restaurants in Santa Monica.

The location is fabulous and there is always so much to watch as people walk, run, rollerblade, and cycle past Shutters. The Pier is 5mins walk and the 3rd street promenade and other shops only 15mins walk as well.

We had a rental car, which was great as we went to Universal Studios, Hollywood, and other places in LA several times. In general we could be in downtown within about 20mins during the day.

The only thing we were surprised about was how chilly Santa Monica is in the summer. We were expecting to be able to sunbathe and swim and it wasn't really an option at 22C. It's much warmer in downtown LA (26C) but prefer the view and atmosphere of Santa Monica.

We would definitely go back to Shutters!

Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2012

I'd always wanted to stay here as it's such an iconic hotel, it didn't disappoint!

The bed was the most comfortable bed I've every slept in (other than my own) and the bathroom had a bath big enough for two. The service was impeccable, the breakfasts delicious and the location fantastic.

Do pay for the ocean front rooms though, it's the difference between a nice stay and a "wow" one.

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2012

We are seasoned travelers and Shutters is now one of our favorite places to stay in the world. The staff was very helpful and friendly. The little touches were there every time we turned around. Beautiful, homey feel- but still five star all the way. We'll be back!

Room Tip: The beach view is worth every penny.
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Additional Information about Shutters on the Beach

Property: 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
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Monica
#5 Luxury Hotel in Santa Monica
#16 Romantic Hotel in Santa Monica
#18 Family Hotel in Santa Monica
Price range (per night): ₹ 38,810 - ₹ 64,798
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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