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We Lived The Life Aquatic At The Shore Hotel

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April 22, 2013 at 9:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last week, we gave you our full review of Blue Plate Taco, the scene-y Mexican restaurant attached to The Shore Hotel. Despite reading constant positive reviews about this place, we were a little underwhelmed by the so-so tacos and poorly mixed cocktails.

Suffice to say, we were a little disappointed. However, there's still one (major) part of the experience that we haven't gotten to yet: our stay at the hotel itself!

We booked a Garden View Junior Suite, which, as the name implies, doesn't actually face the ocean but rather a small ground-floor patio tucked around the back of the hotel.

Far off in the distance we could spy a little bit of ocean, as well as the top half of the ferris wheel at Santa Monica Pier. But the fact that we were staying at an oceanfront hotel (literally, on the "shore") never once escaped us. For starters, the lobby is a giant gray cube that lets in plenty of natural light, including views of the beach across the street.

More importantly though, the design is incredibly water-focused. Pretty much everything—from the stark silvery hallways to the pool to the guest rooms' aquamarine decor—made us feel like we were underwater.

Read on to see photos from inside and all around the hotel!

Our suite was rectangular (a tad on the small side, if we have to be totally honest) with bluish-green and gray walls, and a matching stripe-patterned carpet that reminded us of long strands of seaweed. On one side of the bed was a peekaboo shower that contributed a visual element of splashing water, and on the other side was a small balcony where we could sit and feel the ocean breezes coming in off the Pacific.

Rooms are built fairly close together at The Shore, so when you're sitting on your balcony (every room in the hotel comes with a balcony), you're in plain view of your neighbors. But everyone is minding their own business anyway, so it wasn't an issue.

As far as amenities: our room came with free WiFi, a flat-screen TV, bathrobes, Aveda toiletries, plenty of closet space, and a complimentary glass of champagne upon our arrival. (The latter was a nice touch!). Oh, and our room had an iPod docking station so we could plug in our iPhone and jam out to Frank Ocean songs (get it?).

Surrounded by all those aqua-y colors, we could feel the call of the sea pretty much the whole time. But since the weather wasn't cooperating, we traded in a day at the beach for a heavenly pre-breakfast soak in the jacuzzi. In fact, we ended up having the whole jacuzzi to ourselves, which gave us a chance to take a minute and gaze up at the hotel's dramatic architecture. The building is U-shaped, meaning that all inner-facing rooms (which ours wasn't) look down on the pool/jacuzzi area. And since the pool faces the street, there is a frosted glass wall that provides a buffer between pedestrians and bathing hotel guests.

Don't expect more from your stay at The Shore other than a pretty room with direct access to the beach. The entire hotel is essentially made up of four components—rooms, pool, restaurant, and lobby—and that's about it.

So far, the lobby has failed to create much of a 'scene' (there are some comfy benches to sit on, and a small counter for tea/coffee/pastries in the mornings—none of which, interestingly, were free for guests) and felt a little barren to us. (Kind of like how we picture things on the ocean floor.) As for the restaurant, you already know how we feel about that.

However, we'd definitely come back to stay here, and we recommend this place to folks looking for a quiet, relaxing, simple beach getaway (with the added bonus of staying at a green hotel). We think Spongebob Squarepants fans, in particular, would feel right at home.

We paid a media rate of $125/night, but all opinions expressed are entirely our own.

[Photos: HotelChatter]

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