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While the first weekend open for the new Shore Hotel in Santa Monica was a hot and sunny one, the temp cooled down a bit yesterday when we stopped by to check out the spot.
Still, the chilly weather didn't stop a few guests from hanging out by the street-facing pool (which can only be accessed with a hotel key card btw) and it looked like some sort of corporate event was happening in the lobby. We also spotted a few beach towels hanging over the railing of a room on the top floor as well as some beach chairs in the restaurant space where the Blue Taco restaurant is set to open.
Just yesterday after we learned how good The Shore Hotel in Santa Monica will smell, we learned how good the place will taste. The hotel, opening on October 1, has announced that Blue Plate Taco will be the restaurant that's serving up lunch and dinner to guests and non-guests seven days a week.
As the restaurant's name suggests, menu options will include tacos like the mouthwatering Lobster Truffle Tacos but also salads, grilled seafoods and meats and ceviches, all served with the restaurant's homemade tortillas. Also homemade? The margaritas flowing from Blue Plate Taco's full bar. Not a marg person? It's ok, the restaurant promises ice cold Mexican beer too.
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!)
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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....
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.
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]