Shutters on the Beach
1 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405, USA
| +1 310-458-0030
Photo by Lisa Corson, AFAR Media
Shutters on the BeachThere’s a lot that makes Shutters on the Beach special, starting with its location—it’s one of only two Santa Monica hotels right on the beach (the other is sister property Casa del Mar next door). Its waterfront spot gives it a palpable sense of place—especially when you’re eating at the hotel’s café, listening to the waves, and seeing the world go by on the boardwalk. The design by White House decorator Michael S. Smith takes its cues from Cape Cod, with the blue and white interiors, and floor-to-ceiling shutters opening up to ocean views. The 198 rooms and suites all feature sunken Jacuzzi tubs complete with the hotel’s playful signature—a rubber whale—and many have balconies, too. Life revolves around the beach here, and an activity center is well-stocked with boogie boards, beach cruisers, and umbrellas. It’s also worth spending downtime indoors at the serene ONE Spa (try the Sun Relief Hydration Quencher). Locals know that at dusk, the bar is the place to be, with a sunset-hued Italian Collins cocktail in hand. After sunset, dine on Kumamoto oysters and prosciutto-wrapped halibut at the hotel’s fine-dining restaurant, 1 Pico. Pro tip: You don’t need to step far from your room to soak in some culture. The hotel has a noteworthy art collection, with pieces by Ellsworth Kelly, John Baldessari, and William Wegman, among others, on display throughout the property.
over 4 years ago
Shutters on the Beach
If a stately Nantucket mansion—complete with gray siding and white trim, shaded verandas and shuttered windows—were picked up and dropped on the Santa Monica shore, it could do no better an impression of a New England seaside retreat than Shutters on the Beach. An elegant, breezy hotel decked out in nautical-inspired decor sometimes reminiscent of a luxury yacht, Shutters feels more like a wealthy friend’s sprawling summer estate than an urban lodging. The lobby lounge—nay, Living Room—is filled with couches, fireplaces, and the breeze wafting in off the beach through the open French doors; beautiful people relax over cocktails and live jazz, drifting out to the veranda to take in the sunset. The two restaurants—one actually on the beach, the other overlooking it—serve fresh, local cuisine amid atmospheres so welcoming and calm that it’s tempting to keep ordering just to stay longer. The ocean-view pool, with its many cabanas and loungers, is a pleasant place to bask, but with the beach just down the steps, it’s hard not to grab a beach kit (complete with towels, chairs, kites, and umbrellas) and stake out a spot in the sand. How can this still be the big city?