Shutters on the Beach
Santa Monica, California, United States of America
At a Glance
A beautiful hotel boasting direct beach access in Santa Monica
Immaculate service and facilities
Bright, sunny Nantucket beach house feel
Beautiful pool deck and cabanas
Bikes to explore Santa Monica and Venice Beach
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
Los Angeles has a year-round climate. Santa Monica enjoys moderate to warm temperatures, averaging 20 to 25 most of the year. Summer (June - September) is the peak-tourist season, this is when the weather is hottest but beaches can be over crowded. January and February are the rainiest months. If you are visiting in May, June or July, watch out for the 'marine layer', a cloudy overcast, almost fog-like cloud which may affect the beach and first mile or so of the coastal strip, especially in the mornings.
Shutters on the Beach, in Santa Monica, perfectly blends a laid back beach house feel with all the little touches that make you feel pampered and privileged to be relaxing in such an idyllic location.
Located right on the beach, and with views over Santa Monica pier, Shutters feels very much like a grand private residence. It seems to blend old and new with ease, juxtaposing dark wood floors and old leather sofas with light, whitewashed rooms using sand and sea colours to give you that beach house informality.
The rooms all have private balconies or patios, some with superb sea views. You can let the ocean in by opening your beach-white shutters and stepping out onto your balcony. The room comes equipped with a suitable range of luxuries; flat screen TVs with movies on demand, iPod docs and rain showers.
There are two restaurants; One Pico, overlooking the sea, offers locally sourced fish and spit-roasted meats complete with an on site sommelier. Coast is a more informal offering, a great place to head for lunch, or a drink in the evening on the enclosed outdoor patio where heated floors keep you warm. The Lobby Lounge also offers light snacks and cocktails.
There is a lovely outdoor pool with views over the ocean, complete with sun loungers and cabanas. The spa is superb and run by Ole Henriksen (who pampers the A List Hollywood crowd) and also contains an expansive Fitness Centre. The hotel can arrange all you need for a day out, such as bikes for rent for the family, to a beach pack which ranges from suntan lotion to an umbrella and beach chairs.
As well as having the beach on your doorstop, there are plenty of opportunities to shop on nearby Montana Avenue. For those thinking of a shopping splurge, head to Beverley Hills’ Rodeo Drive. The Farmers Market in Santa Monica is a great little excursion, as too a visit to Hollywood.
The guest rooms come with 42" LG flat screen LCD TVs, Entertainment Centre, In-room library, Large whirlpool bathtubs, Peekaboo window, Balcony, Privately curated apothecary (with a charge for used items), Spacious bathrooms. The 12 private suites at 800 sq ft have 42" & 47" LG flat screen LCD TVs. There are two Presidential Suites at 1,350 sqft and one Beach House Suite at 1,500 sqft. All suites have complimentary access to the hotels Mercedes-Benz S550 house car and your own in-room iPad.
Children sharing with parents up to 17 can stay free. There are two-bedroom Suites available, and cots can be provided. Babysitting is available upon request and there are Kids Menus in the restaurants.
Shutters on the Beach has three Restaurants and Bars; One Pico (fine dining) is open for lunch and dinner; all day Coast and the Living Room located in the Lobby. Other facilities include a spa, an outdoor heated pool, a business centre and a gym.
The hotel can arrange packs that include beach packs which contain beach chairs and suntan lotion.
Shopping in Santa Monica, Hollywood or Beverly Hills, Cycling (bikes available for rent), visits to Hollywood, visit the hotel's art gallery.
Holly Brightwell (Staff)
This iconic California beach hotel is right on the Santa Monica boardwalk, with perfect views of the famous Pier. Its all about the location here, and you can see why the hotel is so popular. You instantly feel like you are in luxury beach house, with thought and class put into its decor. The lobby is a real highlight, we enjoyed relaxing here with a drink and watching the world go by. Make sure you spend some time in the evening enjoying the live music with a cocktail. Its an expensive hotel, prices varying from view to view - but its 100% worth pushing the budget for, and enjoying that famous view! We found the service impeccable yet not overly fussy, Shutters has a laid back edge about it with top end service. An amazing way to end a road trip in California.
Paul Charles, owner of PCC and former BBC presenter and Global Communications Director at Virgin Atlantic stayed at Casa del Mar in October 2013 and wrote this review.
Situated right at the end of Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, within touching distance of the Pacific Ocean, lies one of the most romantic yet uber-cool beach hotels in the United States.
You can smell the fresh sea air as soon as you walk through the lobby of Shutters on the Beach, owned by two visionary brothers eager to give the hotel a permanently family feel. The combination of the open lobby lounge, not to mention its welcoming reception team, makes you feel right at home in seconds. View the impressive collection of Hockneys, Lichtensteins and Gehrys while youre checking in.
Then its straight to your suite, chose one with a view of the ocean to watch the Californian sunset from your balcony. Inside youll find a treasure trove of luxury one of the comfiest beds youll ever sleep in, a bath so deep that you can lose yourself in it and even a bedtime book in case you forgot your own.
Restaurants 1 Pico and Coast offer enormous choice (try the green juice for breakfast to give you a healthy kick to the day) and the beach concierge knows everything there is to know about Santa Monica and funky Venice Beach and will also hire you a bike so you can ride alongside the hardened runners. Theres a beautiful pool, with free cabanas, if the thought of leaving Shutters is just too much.
If you have to leave the hotel, take the complimentary hotel limo and try family-run Ado in Main Street possibly the best Italian restaurant in California.
For pure relaxation, in what feels like your own home, it doesnt get any better than this beachfront paradise.
Catch a Baseball Game
Sports fan or not, you can't help but enjoy the ballpark; it's an experience so quintessentially American. Chow down on dogs and beer, hear the barrel organ fire up the crowd and cry "Outta Sight" as a 'homer' is hit.
Hollywood Hills Private Hiking Tour
Go hiking in Hollywood Hills with a private guide. Be starstruck by the Hollywood sign, explore the Griffith Observatory and be inspired by beautiful views of the City of Angels, from the skyscrapers to Beverly Hills and beyond.
Professional photography experience
Create lasting memories of your holiday with an exclusive private photography experience. With the help of a professional photographer, capture the perfect moment while you enjoy your romantic break, family holiday or honeymoon.
Santa Monica Farmers' Markets
There is nothing like wandering the aisles of the four Santa Monica Farmers' Markets. The textures, the smells and the colours – it's no wonder so many of L.A.'s top chefs choose to buy their produce and other seasonal favourites there.
Self Guided Moviestars Homes Bike Tour
This self-guided bike tour takes you where the tour buses can't. Collect your bike, helmet and GPS and explore the neighbourhood of Beverly Hills, visiting hidden hotspots, movie stars' homes and LA highlights at a relaxed pace.
Shopping on Rodeo Drive
Sunglasses from Dior...check. Couture from Chanel…check. Handbag from Louis Vuitton…check. Shoes from TOD’s…check.
Sweet-Spots Cycle in Santa Monica
An ideal tour for families, this three hour culinary cycle tour takes you through the best sweet-tooth foodie spots in Santa Monica to sample the best ice cream parlours and patisseries to hit the scene.
Universal Hollywood VIP Experience
Star treatment awaits the fortunate few on this exclusive guided behind-the-scenes tour, revealing world class production facilities & movie sets normally closed to the public and enjoying front-of-line access to all rides, attractions & gourmet lunch.
Universal Studios Hollywood
Located at one of the world's oldest running movie studios, Universal is a must for most children and adults in touch with their inner-child. Allow a full day to take in a studio tour, 3-D movies, movie-inspired rides and action packed re-enactments.
Warner Bros. Hollywood Behind the Scenes Tour
Warner Bros takes you “into-the-scenes” of your favourite shows at the world’s busiest motion picture and TV studio. From Batman to Argo, to The Big Bang Theory to Friends, the studio will show you how the magic is made. The tour is 3 hours for 8yrs+.
Your free family time in Santa Barbara - Scott Dunn suggests
Santa Barbara's climate and wine country is enough to capture adult imaginations but there's also lots of fun to be had for the children from the planetarium, the Ty Warner Sea Center, Santa Barbara's Sailing Club and Hendry's Beach for sand castles.
Your free time in Los Angeles - Scott Dunn suggests
Explore independently and you’ll experience some truly life-affirming moments of fun. Hike high into the Hollywood Hills, spot your favourite star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, delight in stellar art at the Getty or star-gaze at the Griffith Observatory.
San Francisco, Yosemite, Carmel, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica
from £5800 pp inc flights & transfers for 13 nights
- Take in all the highlights as you waterfall watch in Yosemite, cycle over Golden Gate and hike the Hollywood Hills
- Ideal from April through to September - popular Easter or summer holiday
- Marine wonders await - kayak with sea lions, spot whales and dolphins, explore tide pools
Island Hopping in Polynesia
Bora Bora & Tikehau
from £4900 pp inc flights & transfers for 14 nights
- Amazing offer for low season stays
- Best time to travel is November or April when the weather is better
- Most affordable way to experience these beautiful islands in luxury
Location & directions
Santa Monica, California, United States of America
Shutters on the Beach is located on Pico Boulevard on Santa Monica's oceanfront, California. The hotel is a short walk to Montana Avenue and Santa Monica Pier.
How to get there
11-hour 20-minute direct flight from London to Los Angeles, with British Airways or Virgin Atlantic. The drive to Shutters on the Beach from Los Angeles International Airport is 25 minutes.