For in-the-know locals (including major names whom the hotel prefers to keep hush-hush), Shutters is a frequent destination. It is Santa Monica’s most beloved spot for everything from seaside brunches and cocktails to poolside basking, especially since it received a makeover by designer, Michael S. Smith, who did Obama’s White House no less. As you enter the lobby, you’re embraced by the sea air and a nautical vibe; you’ll see cozy spaces near fireplaces and art from beloved California greats like David Hockney and Claes Oldenburg. 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. At One Pico, below lofted ceilings decorated with antique boat hulls and art nouveau lanterns casting warm light, sample chef Michael Reardon’s new seasonally driven menu — upscale, but never stuffy. Casual sand-side eatery Coast beach café and bar is another option, as are refreshments at the Lobby Lounge. As celebrity-spa guru Ole Henriksen is steering the ship, ONE the Spa is a treat for out-of-towners who might not be accustomed to L.A.’s excessive spa services. Make like a local and get a Moon Glow facial and a cucumber-rich Nature Baby signature body treatment. Afterward, head to the pool deck for further relaxation.

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