Beach chic in Santa Monica
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel has been a hallmark of Santa Monica’s Ocean Avenue since it opened in 1989. A sprawling city resort on the beach, the hotel is a draw for families and tourists year round, offering every kind of amenity one would expect from a seaside escape (a waterfront pool), with a quirky SoCal twist (beachside yoga). A $4.5 million renovation of the façade was completed in the spring of 2013, and guest rooms were updated with sleek, new glass balconies to take advantage of the property’s sweeping views of the Pacific and Malibu. Of the 342 well-appointed, contemporary guest rooms, the suites offer the most generous space (500 to 2,200 square feet) and luxurious extras (a Fred Segal library where you can borrow everything from a woven leather purse to cuff links). In addition to the beach, many of Santa Monica’s main attractions are within walking distance of the hotel. So whether you are looking for dining hot spots, fitness studios or shopping, many great options are just a stroll away.
Although July through September are peak months for the throngs of visitors who vacation in Santa Monica each summer, the luxury hotel is always a destination for out-of-town guests and locals. Five dining venues offer up a variety of health-conscious and comfort classics, from the fresh, grilled catch of the day and farmers market produce at Ocean & Vine to craft cocktails and housemade potato chips at Papillion lounge. The hotel is also home to Ocean Spa & Fitness, which offers treatments such as oxygen-infused facials and heated lava shells massages. In keeping with Santa Monica’s reputation for trendy workout programs, the gym offers yoga, Pilates, Hoopnotica hula hooping and spinning.
Aside from pleasing the fitness fiends, the Santa Monica hotel also provides a wide range of amenities for pampered pets and children. Its Precocious Plates Menus for the Young caters to kids with sophisticated palates who are willing to try adult-oriented dishes, such as lobster risotto. The popular Loews Loves Pets program targets furry members of the family with basics such as bedding and leashes, gourmet room service menus for cats and dogs, as well as walking and sitting services.