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Take Off in a Tesla at Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica

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March 31, 2014 at 1:31 PM | by | ()

One of the perks of staying in a luxury hotel is riding in the complimentary house car, which is often a car you'd never be able to afford in real life. We're talking Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous cars like Mercedes, Rolls Royce and Bentley. But now in Santa Monica, Calif., Shutters on The Beach is offering a very 21st century type of house car, one that's quickly become the new "it" brand in luxury--a Tesla Model S.

General manager Gregory Day said the hotel changes out their house car every year but have slowly been moving towards a greener alternative.

"We've always been heavy-Mercedes house," he said, while showing off the Tesla in the hotel's porte-cochère. "We had a CLS 550 when I got here and I think our next one we got, to make it more environmentally-friendly, we got a V6 engine, and then the last car we had was a S400 hybrid Mercedes," Day said. "But the more we learned about it, hybrid isn't that green in a sense because the battery, once it's done, there's no way to recycle it."

The hotel considered electric vehicles but Day said it was hard to find one that would also appeal to their high-end guests. So when the Tesla came out, the hotel dug both its sleek look and its technology.

You can sit behind the wheel for photo ops but there will be a chauffeur driving the Tesla.

"The more research we did on the Tesla, it was incredible," Day said. "There's only 24 moving parts on the car. It's 100 percent battery-operated. It's as fast as a rocket ship because there's no delay. There's no engine that has to communicate with the drive train. As soon as you put your foot on the gas it goes. And interestingly as soon as you take your foot off the gas it slows down. So in a way it's like a golf car but its actually quite safe that way too."

And if guests really need to know, the fully-loaded Tesla with blacked-out windows, retails for about $116,000.

But what might be more valuable is the exclusivity of this ride. A Tesla house car is a novel experience that you can only get in LA at Shutters on The Beach.

"As far as we know, we were certainly the first in LA to have a Tesla as a house car and I think at this point, we're still the only ones," Day said.

Sitting in the Tesla's jump seats is a top request of guests.

The electric sedan is now available to take guests anywhere within the city of Santa Monica. It's on a first-come, first-served basis but Day said it does get booked fast. Rates at the hotel start at $495 for a superior king room this weekend.

[Photos: HotelChatter]

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