After deciding to have a weekend getaway to Santa Monica right after my trip to LA, I immediately started looking up hotels in the area. On TripAdvisor there are 34 hotels listed as being in Santa Monica, but only one can be the victor and claim the title as the #1 hotel in Santa Monica – Shore Hotel is that victor. Shore Hotel looked extremely nice from the many photos online and the reviews were very positive, but I wanted to try it out for myself. So… a wheelchair accessible King Ocean View Premier room was booked and off we went a few weeks later for some fun in the sun in Santa Monica! Shore Hotel ended up being one of my favorite hotels that I’ve ever stayed in and here are 9 reasons why:
1) THE LOCATION
Shore Hotel is located right across from the Santa Monica Pier. It’s also within walking distance of great restaurants and shops, including 3rd Street Promenade, one of Santa Monica’s best shopping districts.
2) THE VIEW
I mean, look at that photo!! Waking up to that beautiful view every morning was honestly perfection.
3) THE ACCESSIBLE ROOM + BATHROOM
I stayed in room 333 and it was spacious enough to easily roll around in. Other accessible features included the roll in shower, the pull under bathroom sink, and I was able to smoothly roll out onto the balcony without getting whiplash. 🙂
4) THE MINIBAR
There was a refrigerator in our room that was stocked full of drinks and a basket that was full of snacks. Everything from water to liquor was in the fridge, and the basket was full of cookies, trail mix, and even some turkey jerky. I tried not to eat or drink much of it because it does cost extra, but it was nice to have it all there in case I wanted a drink during the night (which did happen).
5) THE POOL
Aside from just being awesome in general, there was also an access lift that was right by the pool in case a wheelchair user needs it to get in the water.
6) THE COMPLIMENTARY CHAMPAGNE + APPLES
Upon checking into the Shore Hotel, we were given complimentary glasses of champagne. This was a great start to our stay and really made us feel welcomed. There are also complimentary apples and water in the lobby at all times.
7) THE VALET PARKING
Parking is easy breezy at Shore Hotel! You just pull in, they take your car at the main entrance, and then you can text them from your cell phone whenever you need your car returned. They’re super quick at getting your car and the whole texting thing really makes it easy and very 21st century.
8) THE CUSTOMER SERVICE
One of my favorite things about the Shore Hotel was the remarkable customer service. Upon checking in, we found out that our room wasn’t quite ready yet so they put a rush on it and said that it would be ready soon. The bellman even stowed our luggage and gave us a map of the area, and recommended some nearby places that we should check out during our stay. The team at Shore Hotel constantly went above and beyond to make sure that our experience was fantastic.
9) THE GREEN ASPECT
50% of waste is recycled, wood throughout the hotel is from sustainable forests, there is maximized access to natural daylight to reduce energy consumption, and there are low-flow water fixtures to reduce water consumption; these are just some of the ways that Shore Hotel is environmentally friendly. By staying here, you can greatly reduce your carbon footprint.
As you can see, this hotel truly offers something for everyone and it is easily one of my favorite hotel stays of all time. After all, it isn’t ranked #1 for no reason! So go ahead and book that perfect sunny getaway that you so desperately need after this harsh Winter to the beautiful Shore Hotel.
*Thank you to Shore Hotel for providing us with complimentary accommodations. This has not affected my views of the hotel in any way and all opinions expressed are my own.
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