Swellegant Stays: Shore Hotel, Santa Monica, California


Right across Ocean Avenue from the Santa Monica Pier and beach, the Shore Hotel couldn’t have a better location. The boutique property is both chic and sustainable, with strong eco-certification standards and a sleek, contemporary design. The Shore is shaped like a horseshoe and each of the rooms features its own balcony with views of the “living room” style pool (which is solar heated) and out to the Pacific Ocean beyond.

Upon entering, the lobby feels airy and beachy thanks to huge, floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto the ocean and let in lots of California sunshine. Guests are treated to a welcome drink – a cold glass of champagne goes down, a treat as the friendly staff check you in. In the mornings, breakfast is served at sunny tables adjacent to the pool with a fresh sea breeze spilling in.

In the 164 guest rooms, high-tech, auto-adjust lighting and temperature controls help eliminate energy waste and all of the tasteful decor is sourced sustainably, with plush, pillowtop mattresses, Lather toiletry products, and iHome docking stations. The decor reflects an ocean aesthetic with fresh sea blues and turquoises warmed by natural woods and offset by cool grey tones.

Elsewhere on the property, amenities include a fitness center, business center, and valet parking, and it is easily accessible from the Downtown Santa Monica light rail station, and walkable to all of the delights of Santa Monica, including cafes, shopping, and of course the seaside. Also within the property, the women-owned Blue Plate Taco serves fresh, locavore Mexican fare, including some of the best ceviche in Los Angeles and strong margaritas that are best sipped watching the sunset over the Pacific Ocean.

The Shore’s design and construction are Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified and it has won the prestigious Sustainable Quality Awards (SQA) Grand Prize and the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) Los Angeles Best Green Hotel Award.


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