Coasting The Sunny Days Away at Coast at Shutters on the Beach
We love luxury hotels but we can't always afford to stay in them. Thankfully, hotels these days are way more than just rooms for paying hotel guests. Between visiting the lobbies, bars, restaurants, and spas inside these upper echelon hotels, it's practically as good as staying the night. Here's our latest installment of how to quench your champagne tastes on a Coca-Cola budget with a Hotel Day Trip.
We hit up Shutters on The Beach the other day for a quick lunch at their beachfront restaurant, Coast. If you can't afford one of the $400+ rooms at the hotel, doing a casual brunch or lunch (or even dinner) at Coast is the affordable alternative to experiencing the hotel.
Our go-to order is the tomato soup ($11) with mini-grilled cheese sandwiches and a side of french fries ($5). But the fish tacos ($15) and the caesar salad ($13) are tasty and filling as well. And if you come on Farmer Market Wednesdays, the chefs at Shutters will incorporate their freshest findings from the Santa Monica Farmers Market into a three-course Market Dinner for just $29.
Just don't forget to order a slice of cake from Susie Cakes before you head out. (The chocolate one is beyond belief.)
Aside from eating away the afternoon at Coast, you could also pop into the hotel's spa, One, which has just launched a partnership with one of our favorite toiletry brands, redflower, to offer a collection of organic body treatments, manicures and pedicures. Treatments range from $150 for a 60-minute massage to $240 for the 90-minute red flower signature body treatments.
Alas, those cute hotel bikes out in front are reserved for hotel guests at $10 an hour or $25 a day. So we suggest riding your own bike (or bike rental) up to the hotel instead. You'll save at least $7 on the valet parking cost!