Shutters on the Beach: Supreme Santa Monica
As is noticeable by the hotel’s understated entrance, Shutters On The Beach is designed to be a beach house above all else. Shutters On The Beach is a favourite staycation destination for affluent Angelenos who know that this beachfront hotel in tony Santa Monica delivers a high degree of discretion and attention to match a remarkable level of quality in accommodations and excellence in service. Despite the constant demand for rooms and suites, there is never a feeling of busyness that can sometimes exist at larger hotels; in its place is an air of reassured tranquility which instills a sense of California calm immediately upon arrival.
At Shutters, indulgent privacy and casual luxury combine to make a romantic hideaway on the sand, only yards away from the balconies of the ocean-view rooms. Suite 302 is especially coveted; with fireplaces in both the living room and bedroom, cool winter evenings staying in to watch the lights of the Ferris wheel and other amusements at the nearby Santa Monica Pier is entertainment enough for people happy to observe California beach life from a privileged location. Santa Monica, a separate municipal entity within the City of Los Angeles, has its own vibe, a very positive one. The beachfront walkway is a favorite place for fitness enthusiasts to have a morning run or a ride on Shutters’ bicycles; this is the walkway that becomes the famous Ocean Walk in Venice, whose more raffish charms are located further along the beach to the south. In the other direction is Ocean Park, where beautiful views of the ocean and the coast north to Malibu can be seen before crossing the street to enter Santa Monica’s downtown area which includes the famous Third Street Promenade, an open-air pedestrian street considered to be America’s first mall.
Shutters is a prime destination for LA diners wanting to enjoy the best of California cuisine next to the beach. The restaurant Coast is an informal but still luxurious eatery that is a favorite place for an executive power breakfast or an easy start to the day; seats at the counter provide views of the ocean, as do the outdoor tables in the Mediterranean-style garden. One Pico is also appealing, a restaurant where relaxing luxury is reflected in both the style and the menu, which offers seasonal treats and special preparations to tease the palate. The restaurant’s cosy corners are perfect for romantic dinners for two. Of course, California’s best wines feature on the menu alongside the eclectic food options.
The spa at Shutters is also happy to make people happy with its spa treatments. Facials here are exceptionally good, though, as in the restaurant, there is no bad choice on the menu; a massage or body treatment will be just as rewarding an experience. Here at Shutters, just sitting in the lobby watching the comings and goings of the various guests is an experience in itself; a good time to emerge from one’s suite is Thursday night when a tasting table is set up in the lobby for guests to try various delicacies presented by Shutters‘ outstanding executive chef, Vittorio Lucariello, whose Neapolitan origins have enhanced the Mediterranean influence in the hotel’s kitchen.