This breezy and bright beach-cottage-style hotel has one of the best settings in Santa Monica; the only thing separating the beautiful Shutters on the Beach from the sand is the Ocean Front Walk, a paved promenade that winds its way north to the famous Santa Monica Pier.

Many city hotels are often just a base, however, you’ll want to spend some time here during your Los Angeles and Santa Monica explorations. We love the hotel’s relaxed vibe and beach chic design as well as its cosy lounge – the Library – and pool which is surrounded sun beds and private cabanas. And the dining venues are equally wonderful. At the fine dining at the destination restaurant 1 Pico, the menu is full of fresh seafood dishes like locally caught sea bass, crab and Alaskan halibut and tasty alternatives for veggies and vegans. The Saturday at 1 Pico brunch – which includes a selection of succulent lobster dishes – is a bit of a Santa Monica institution so be sure to book your spot early.

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Key information

Overlooking Santa Monica’s wide sand beach, a short walk from the famous pier

Airport transfer time: Approx. 20 minutes from Los Angeles airport

Good to know

It is standard practice for resorts/hotels within the USA to charge a mandatory resort fee which is payable locally. This fee can be anywhere between 5USD to 40 USD per room per night which is not included in the cost of your Kuoni holiday and is usually payable locally.

Accommodation information

198 rooms and suites

Dining

2 restaurants, lounge/coffee shop

*Denotes local charge