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The Shore Hotel Will Sure Smell Festive When It Opens

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  Site Where: 1515 Ocean Ave [map], Santa Monica, CA, United States, 90401
September 12, 2011 at 9:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

What's that smell? Well, it depends on what month it is!

It's no secret here that HotelChatter is a little obsessed with hotel scents as we've been chronicling who smells like what for some time now. And now we've got a whiff of what the upcoming Shore Hotel in Santa Monica will smell like.

According to our top nose, the hotel is going to use a different scent each month. This immediately had us wondering if the hotel would smell like a Pumpkin Spice Latte since opening day is October 1, prime fall time.

But alas, the hotel is going to start off with "fresh" scents for the opening and then transition into seasonal ones. So will the hotel smell like turkey and cranberry in November and pine trees in December? We can only hope!

If you want to sniff out the Shore Hotel when it opens, rooms are currently avail on October 7 for a special grand opening rate of $220 a night. (That's actually down a lot from when we last looked too!)

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We So Excited for The Shore Hotel in Santa Monica

Where: 1515 Ocean Ave [map], Santa Monica, CA, United States, 90401
August 25, 2011 at 3:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

Yes, we just referenced Rebecca Black in that headline.

We've already told you how impressed we were with the interiors at the Shore Hotel opening in Santa Monica in October but when we drove by the hotel last week, we were equally impressed with its slick modern exterior going up on Ocean Avenue.

The hotel, once a dumpy Travelodge (and "dumpy" is us being nice), is giving Ocean Avenue a much-needed 21st century look with its u-shaped design and steel-trestle roof. There's also cool-looking three-tier sky bridge that connects the main building to a second building with more hotel rooms. Though that sounds like a lot of rooms, there's actually only 164 making it just a touch larger than a boutique hotel.

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Santa Monica's Shore Hotel to Open in October at $250 a Night

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  Site Where: 1515 Ocean Ave. [map], Santa Monica, CA, United States, 90401
August 1, 2011 at 5:00 PM | by | Comment (1)

When we last checked in with the new ocean-facing hotel in Santa Monica, The Shore Hotel, it was getting ready for an end of summer opening. That's not quite going to happen anymore but the hotel tells us that it will be accepting guests in October at $250 a night. Considering that most of the hotels along the ocean in SanMon start around $400 a night, the Shore Hotel is definitely a more affordable alternative.

And it's got a lot of cool things in it too like free WiFi, an outdoor pool, two restaurants and a fitness center.

Up in the guestrooms, there's "beach shades" of teal and orange and custom-made Teak wood furniture. The bathrooms will be sporting the peekaboo trend as there are rainshowers with a "one touch privacy screen." (You can get a better idea of that view from the photo below.) And if you're lucky--killer views of the Santa Monica Pier.

Adding to all this, the hotel is a Silver LEED property with a huge focus on sustainability in the common spaces and guest rooms. The hotel describes all their eco-friendly elements:

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The Shore Hotel Sure Has a Long Way to Go Before Opening

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  Site Where: 1515 Ocean Ave. [map], Santa Monica, CA, United States, 90401
March 23, 2011 at 10:21 AM | by | Comments (0)

Yesterday, we told you that a new hotel would be coming to Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica-- The Shore Hotel, a 164-room, open-air hotel just steps away from the Santa Monica Pier and Third Street Promenade.

Here's what the hotel plans on offering guests when it opens at the end of summer:

Free WiFi throughout the hotel, pets are welcome, a personal trainer will be available, sightseeing tours will be offered, and there will be bike and roller blade rentals. If you don't feel like taking a dip in the Pacific, a solar-heated outdoor pool and patio will be under a steel-trestled roof. There also will be two restaurants, a 24-hour gym and plentiful underground parking.

But now we understand why we won't be able to stay there until after summer is over, on September 5. The joint still has a lot of construction to finish up. Still, the hotel will be infinitely better than what used to be there before, a dingy old Travelodge. As always, we'll be keeping an eye on it.

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The New Shore Hotel Will Hit Santa Monica's Shores This Summer

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  Site Where: 1515 Ocean Ave. [map], Santa Monica, CA, United States, 90401
March 21, 2011 at 9:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

If the first sniff of spring already has you planning your big summer vacay, there will be a new Santa Monica hotel vying to be your beachside retreat. The Shore Hotel, on the former site of the Pacific Sands and Travelodge, will open this summer.

The boutique hotel is trying to make itself stand out with its modern design, eco-friendliness and location across the street from the Santa Monica Pier and beach.

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You Can Own the Shangri-La Santa Monica, at Least for a Night

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  Site Where: 1301 Ocean Ave. [map], Santa Monica, CA, United States, 90401
January 28, 2011 at 9:11 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you've ever dreamed of being a hotelier, you can give it a go at the Hotel Shangri-La in Santa Monica for a night.

Of course, it'll cost you to play Andre Balazs. Specifically, it'll be $30,000 to reserve the entire hotel for one evening.

What you do with the Shangri-La for the night is up to you. Rent it out for up to 200 of your closest friends for a party or go over-the-top to impress your loved one—insane Valentine's Day package alert—to have a romantic rendezvous.

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Don't Ask for Wasabi at Loews Santa Monica's New Sushi Bar

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  Site Where: 1700 Ocean Ave. [map], Santa Monica, CA, United States, 90401
September 24, 2010 at 3:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

When you dine at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel's new oceanfront sushi bar Sushi and Sunset, don't think it's a mistake that your server doesn't bring out any wasabi or soy sauce for your raw fish.

The bar, tucked inside the restaurant Ocean & Vine, specializes in pairing sushi with intricate housemade sauces, rather than the usual standbys. Executive chef Keith Roberts says soy and wasabi are way overused with sushi and that these new sauces will allow you to experience the fish a new way.

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FIG Makes Us Want A Hot Dog. Real Bad.

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  Site Where: 101 Wilshire Blvd. [map], Santa Monica, CA, United States, 90401
June 23, 2010 at 11:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Now that Carl’s Jr. has started re-running their commercial with The Hills’ romantically irresolute Audrina Patridge messily wolfing down a humongous burger while lounging at the beach in a floss-like gold bikini, we figured it was time to check around and see if there were any other improbable food-tanning pairings around Los Angeles.

Luckily for us, wediscovered that weekends have just gotten a lot hotter at the Fairmont Miramar Santa Monica thanks to a poolside hot dog cart that Chef Ray Garcia wheels out on Saturday and Sunday. We can’t promise that you’ll look as good as Audrina while eating one of these, though....

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Shangri-La Santa Monica's New Ditch Day Fridays Sound Slightly Familiar

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  Site Where: 1301 Ocean Avenue [map], Santa Monica, CA, United States, 90401
May 13, 2010 at 5:09 PM | by | Comments (0)

Hey Palms, are you aware of this? The Hotel Shangri-La in Santa Monica appears to be so enamoured by your Ditch Fridays pool party that it’s just named its own pool party “Ditch Day Fridays”. Quelle coincidence!

The hotel has just completed a renovation and is kicking off its Summer of Shangri-La with the launch of a rooftop bar, Suite 700, and Ditch Day Fridays, taking place by the pool from 1-7pm on Fridays, with $5 cocktails, “live entertainment” (DJs?) and food like “fancy dogs” and deviled eggs platter (yum).

It sounds slightly calmer than the Palms – according to the press release:

Whether looking for a quiet reprieve or a chance to spark up a conversation with a nearby sunbather, the pool atmosphere matches the do-as-you-please atmosphere of the entire property.

Although once the people get some deviled eggs inside them, there’s no accounting for what they might do.

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What Guests at The Loews Santa Monica Saw Over the Weekend

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  Site Where: 1700 Ocean Avenue [map], Santa Monica, CA, United States, 90401
March 22, 2010 at 5:10 PM | by | Comment (1)

Omg. JOE JONAS!

The Loews Santa Monica overlooks a public area on the beach where serious gymnast, drunken frat boys, curious folk and boybanders alike can try their arms at an adult jungle-gym or swings, rings and ropes, located on the site of the original Muscle Beach just south of the Santa Monica Pier.

Even guests at the neighboring Le Merigot Resort and Spa could probably have seen the JoBro swinging around. Hopefully, all guests at these beachfront hotels were able to navigate the madness of the Los Angeles Marathon which ended at the pier and closed down Ocean Avenue for most of the day. If not, then we hope a JoBro sighting made up for it.

[Photo via TMZ]

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Do New Year's Eve Seaside At Shangri-La Santa Monica

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  Site Where: 1301 Ocean Ave. [map], Santa Monica, CA, United States, 90401
December 29, 2009 at 3:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

The view from the rooftop bar at the Shangri-La Santa Monica.

Like the rest of us, the Shangri-La Santa Monica is looking to make a fresh start in 2010, especially after its recently completed $30 million renovation. To celebrate its new look, this 1939 Art Deco gem is throwing a New Year’s Eve blowout bash for 700 of its closest friends (or just paying patrons).

The hotel will mark the end of the decade starting at 6:00pm on December 31, and party hard until the evening comes to a close at 2:00am at the multi-level rooftop bar and lounge, Suite 700, with its pop-up bars, fire pits and killer views up and down the coast.

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Get a $100 American Express Card Just For Sleeping Around

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  Site Where: 101 Wilshire Blvd. [map], Santa Monica, CA, United States, 90401
December 1, 2009 at 9:14 AM | by | Comments (0)

Shopaholics looking for a Christmas getaway can head for Santa Monica's Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows. The hotel offers you a good excuse to hit the stores: It will give out $100 American Express gift cards when you stay at the hotel during the holidays.

You could take the AmEx card and try to wade through the frazzled last-minute shoppers in the nearby Third Street Promenade, where you can find everything from mall standbys like the Gap and Footlocker to specialty shops like home decor store Restoration Hardware and kitchen-focused Sur La Table.

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