Shutters on the Beach

1 Pico Boulevard | Santa Monica, CA 90405 [See Map]
#15 in Best Los Angeles Hotels
Hotel Class 4.5-star Critic Rating Excellent Guest Rating
TripAdvior Traveler Rating

Based on 817 reviews
Property Type Hotel with 198 rooms, 7 floors
Primary View(s) Ocean
Style Traditional
Best For Families, Couples, Solo travelers

U.S. News Review

In Santa Monica, proximity to the beach and pier translates to more expensive lodging. So just know that you'll pay a pretty penny to enjoy a stay at Shutters on the Beach. But you'll be rewarded with a shabby-chic, oh-so-irresistible hotel that travel experts fawn over and guests can't stop gushing about. Guest rooms here are reminiscent of those found in a beachside B&B, though they come stocked with flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, marble bathrooms, private libraries and personal balconies overlooking Santa Monica. The lovely views are the big plus, but people also like this hotel's friendly staff and the fare served at the property's three restaurants. You can find this sprawling, Cape Cod-style hotel is just west of the pier and directly on the Santa Monica waterfront.

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Critic Reviews


“The cozy lobby evokes a New England getaway, with a fireplace, and tall windows opening out to the Pacific Ocean. Guest rooms have those namesake shutter doors, pillow-top mattresses, small balconies, and built-in cabinets filled with art books and curios.”
Award: Fodor's Choice


“Charmingly bleached-out and airy guest rooms are adorned in pure whites, sea blues and deep woods and outfitted with everything from an LCD TV in the bathroom to beachfront patios with light wicker furniture.”
Award: Forbes Travel Guide Four Star Awards 2014

Condé Nast Traveler

“A favorite L.A. hangout for 20 years, this boutique-y oceanfront hotel welcomes more than 80 weddings a year; it may be SoCal’s top spot for oceanside vows.”


“A known celebrity hangout, Shutters on the Beach has an atmosphere of formal opulence, with expensive artwork in its lobby and restaurants, luxe features, and rooms that belong in a billionaire's beach house.”

Travel + Leisure

“Ask the concierge for a tour of the hotel's 'beach gallery,' featuring pieces from artists like David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein, and Claes Oldenburg.”

Other Awards:
  • Concierge.com Editor's Pick
  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2014
  • Condé Nast Traveler Gold 2015
  • Frommer's Exceptional
  • Lonely Planet Recommended

Guest Rooms

Designed by President Barack Obama's go-to decorator, Michael Smith, guest rooms at Shutters are furnished like private beach cottages with bleached woods and serene blue tones, a fully stocked bookcase with beach accessories, a loaded entertainment center and luxury amenities, including a privately curated apothecary.

  • John Robshaw comforters and Tibetan rugs
  • Marble bath with whirlpool tub, television, complimentary candle and "Bath & Beach Chest"
  • Private balcony

Standard room size:

400 square feet
  • Internet (with fee)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available
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Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 817 guests have reviewed the Shutters on the Beach, giving it a rating of 4.0, on a scale of 1-5.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: 4.0 (based on 817 reviews)

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  • Room Service
  • Internet Access
  • Business Center
  • Dining
  • Pets Allowed
  • Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Fitness Center
  • Pool

Location & Parking

Located directly on the beach in Santa Monica, Shutters on the Beach offers a wide variety of recreational activities and is within walking distance of local shops, attractions and restaurants.

  • Walking distance to the Santa Monica Pier with solar-powered Ferris wheel, aquarium, shops and restaurants
  • Malibu to Manhattan Beach bike path nearby
  • Complimentary Tesla S P85 house car for drop-offs within Santa Monica
  • 24-hour valet parking ($38)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service (free)

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach
  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping


Dining options at Shutters range from beachfront casual at Coast to award-winning fine dining at One Pico — all with spectacular ocean views. Get cozy in front of one of the two fireplaces in the Living Room lounge for coffee, afternoon tea, a light meal or happy hour or sit on the Living Room Terrace and watch the Pacific Ocean waves.

  • One Pico received Wine Spectator Award of Excellence
  • Prix fixe weekly three-course Farmer's Market Dinner at Coast
  • Live entertainment at the Living Room several nights a week

Number of restaurants:


Cuisine types:

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast


The pool at Shutters is open year-round and has offers ocean views and comfortable chaise lounges for sunbathing.

  • Private cabanas with TV and minifridge available
  • Poolside food and beverage service
  • Poolside spa treatments

Number of pools:


Pool types:

  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Seasonal
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Indoor/outdoor combo

Pool amenities:

  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar


One the Spa at Shutters is the only spa in Santa Monica to offer products and luxury treatments designed by red flower and Omorovicza. Locker rooms for both men and women include steam rooms, and spa services are also available in-room or poolside.

  • Open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily
  • Signature treatments include Hammam Detoxifying and Japan energizing
  • Manicures, pedicures and a wide variety of facials

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna


Although there is no formal kids club at Shutters, the hotel features several activities for families, including volleyball, paddle tennis, beach bikes and a pool with ocean views.

  • Nearby Santa Monica Pier features a solar Ferris wheel and aquarium
  • Malibu to Manhattan Beach bike path nearby
  • Kids club
  • Cribs
  • High chairs


The fitness center at Shutters features a full line of cardio equipment, such as treadmills, elliptical trainers and bikes, as well as weight machines.

  • Open 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
  • Outdoor recreational options include beach bikes, yoga classes on the beach, volleyball and surf lessons
  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles (with fee)
  • Tennis
  • Guided runs (with fee)
  • Paddle boats
  • Motor boats


Business travelers will find Shutters on the Beach fully equipped to meet their personal and professional needs, with the added bonus of the Pacific Ocean on the doorstep. A full-service business center is available to all guests and Shutters offers three private meeting rooms, each features its own outdoor terrace, and banquet spaces like the Grand Salon Ballroom for large events.

  • On-site audiovisual equipment
  • Meeting planners and catering services
  • Capacity up to 400 guests reception-style and 215 classroom-style

Number of meeting rooms:

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available


Shutters on the Beach allows pets for a one-time, nonrefundable cleaning fee of $125.

  • Pets must not be left unattended in rooms
  • Guests must sign a pet damage waiver
  • No additional pet amenities
  • Pets allowed (with fee)
  • Dog walking
  • Pet-sitting



Shutters on the Beach is one of the most popular wedding venues on the West Coast for local brides in L.A., as well as for destination weddings. With a wide variety of venues for ceremonies and receptions from the beach to an elegant ballroom with Murano glass chandeliers, Shutters' wedding services include access to One the Spa, beachfront rooms for guests, and impressive ocean views.

  • A variety of wedding packages available
  • Can accommodate up to 400 guests
  • Wedding planners and catering

Maximum wedding guest capacity:

  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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Shutters on the Beach

1 Pico Boulevard | Santa Monica, CA 90405 [See Full Map]