The iconic Santa Monica Pier has bemused visitors for long. It’s shown up on Instagram quite often, as have the many attractions of that coveted patch of land. There's another attraction here, the Shutters on the Beach hotel, among the prime check-in locations in Southern California.
A modern classic, the property, which opened in 1993 and went in for a major renovation in 2005, boasts of interiors made by Michael S. Smith, who has been the White House decorator since 2008 and the man responsible for the 2010 makeover of the Oval office. The walls are splashed with works of modern art, while the lobby welcomes guests with two hearths. Even the smallest of the 186-room and 12 grand suites, is as large as 450sqft. Hardwood floors and rooms with shutter doors (that do not necessarily open up to the beach front) are characteristic throughout the property.
The real deal lies in getting a room that overlooks the ocean. It’s here that you can truly leverage the best of the balcony or if you’re really lucky, even have a bed that overlooks the Californian coastline. The bathrooms are spacious and offer a 15-inch LCD to keep you entertained while in the whirlpool tubs.
Add to all this the two restaurants: 1 Pico offers an on-sand dining experience with a rich collection of wine and seasonal delicacies, while the Coast Beach Café is great for a casual cocktail and dinner session before you retire for the night.
Optionally, you could head to the spa and fitness centre, which is simply named ONE.
Shutters on the Beach summarises what a perfectly functional hotel that doesn’t obsess as much on its luxury as it does in its hospitality, feels like. And it’s perfect!
Shutters on the Beach,
1 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405, USA
A standard room at Shutters on the beach is available for Rs 55,000 per night