Extremely well positioned and comfortable hotel at a reasonable price, even for an ocean view (especially having regard to the properties around it). Alex was a star, particularly when we discovered that our ocean view room was "angled" to but not facing the ocean and we were able to shift to one that looked over the pool to the ocean (angled is not really ocean view, although if you are towards the front of the building, and on the north side, you might see the Pier and that would be enough). Check in is not guaranteed until 4.00pm, which was frustrating after arriving from an early morning flight, but we went for a walk and a bite and were in by about 2.30pm. There is no cell/mobile phone coverage in the room (very frustrating for business and personal reasons) and only limited from the balcony...but not a bad place to sit and wait for it to find you - if it does. Beds and room very comfortable, although only limited storage/closet space. Position is excellent - close to good restaurants, 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica Place and much more. Hop on/hop off tour bus stops just outside. All staff very helpful - Julie and Christina on the desk and bell man Randall assisted us in particular (in addition to Alex, who seems to catch everyone's attention). Doesn't have the reception/foyer of Loews or the bar and restaurant of Shutters, but it ticked the box for us - the casual dining at Blue Plate Taco is terrific and you can walk to Shutters for a drink and fine dining using the saving on the room tariff.
- 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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