Shutters on the Beach
This sprawling beach-house-style inn looks like it was airlifted from Nantucket and dropped on the Santa Monica shore. Inside, the common areas (like the fireside lounge with chairs and sofas upholstered in seashell colors) and the 198 rooms (all whitewashed wood and blue-and-white patterned upholstery, with wicker-furnished balconies) reinforce the laid-back, summer-house vibe. But there’s real luxury here too: The on-site ONE spa offers decadent massages, facials, and body scrubs using Ole Henriksen products, and at the nautically-themed One Pico restaurant, chef Michael Reardon serves elegant seafood dishes like Petrale sole grilled whole with salt and bay leaves.
Tip: Ask the concierge for a tour of the hotel's "beach gallery," featuring pieces from artists like David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein, and Claes Oldenburg.
Room to Book: The Presidential Suites have two balconies apiece—and with this location, they’re actually worth the hefty $3,500 price tag per night.
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From Food & Wine , OCT 2003
The best hotel minibars are also mini cellars. At the elegantly laid-back Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica, CA, the minibars stock about 10 good half-bottles such as 1997 Franus Zinfandel and 2000 Laetitia Pinot Noir....MORE
From Food & Wine , JAN 2006
The concierge at Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica, California, will print boarding passes for guests....MORE
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.