A grand, stylish Santa Monica highrise hotel
If you want to be in the center of the action without sacrificing the restful luxury of a beachside escape, The Huntley Hotel offers the best of all worlds. The Santa Monica hotel sits in the heart of the city’s shopping, dining and culture district. Yet, it’s conveniently one block from the beach. Stepping off of the sidewalk and into the lobby is like walking through a secret door and entering an exotic oasis, furnished with hand-carved stools and chairs sourced from Africa, Brazil and beyond. Plus, the space is scented by The Huntley’s signature jasmine candle.
With modern interiors designed by Thomas Schoos (who also did distinctive designs for Tao in Las Vegas and Top Chef alum Brian Malarkey’s Herringbone restaurant in La Jolla), the 18-story building houses 204 spacious, contemporary guest rooms and five unique rooms for intimate gatherings, private dining and business meetings. Perched at the top, The Penthouse restaurant is the real showstopper with its wall-to-wall windows and 360-degree views of the Pacific Ocean, Malibu Mountains and Los Angeles cityscape. The hotel doesn’t have a pool, but its proximity to the shore makes up for it. All the technological amenities — from high-speed wireless Internet to 42-inch plasma TVs to the hi-fi audio system in the Presidential Suite — allow you to stay connected. Though the experienced and knowledgeable staff takes care of the details so that you always have the option to unplug.