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Ocean chic is what it's all about at this it hotel on the shores of tawny Santa Monica. Seaside retreat, but with a touch of cool.
Anything above the fourteenth floor on the west side is take-your-breath-away territory.Avoid only summer, when morning fog can hang over the coast and the boardwalk gets crowded.
The reincarnated Huntley is one of those rare Southern California hotels that provide both eye candy and genuine savoir faire. Full review →There’s no pool, but the Santa Monica strand is a block away—ask for a towel at the concierge desk.
A school of 300 ceramic fish crossing a lobby wall sets the tone at this stylish property. Full review →
Strikingly stylish lobby... the coup de grâce is the 18th-floor Penthouse restaurant, bar, and lounge. Full review →
This intimate residential tower is set amidst quaint seaside apartment buildings and cottages just blocks from the sea cliffs above the Santa Monica Beach and Pier. Full review →
The genius of designer Thomas Schoos, who headed an $18 million renovation in 2005, brought this hotel into the realm of the uniquely hip. Full review →
Santa Monica’s newest and most stylish boutique nest offers olive-green rooms with chocolate-wood furnishings, lush linens and designer suites with mid-century style seating. Full review →
A design-conscious, thoroughly un-beachy 18-floor hotel in the center of a beachside community with an exceptional restaurant. Full review →
With that said, travelers here may have to work to get to the action, but they are still within strolling distance of the pier, beach, shopping and entertainment. Full review →
There's something of the W chain about this operation, located in the building that previously housed a branch of the unremarkable Radisson chain. Full review →
"Modern" accommodations with "large" bathrooms and "beautiful" linens stand out at this "trendy" Santa Monica find with "spectacular" bay views from the "cool" penthouse restaurant.
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