Shutters on the Beach is a luxury hotel located on the beach in Santa Monica, California. It is owned and operated by the Edward Thomas Collection of Hotels (ETC Hotels), which also owns the adjacent Hotel Casa del Mar. A member of The Leading Hotels of the World,[1] Shutters on the Beach offers two restaurants: One Pico and Coast Beach Café and Bar.

Shutters on the Beach
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Shutters on the Beach Hotel
Shutters on the Beach Hotel is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
Shutters on the Beach Hotel
Shutters on the Beach Hotel
Shutters on the Beach Hotel is located in California
Shutters on the Beach Hotel
Shutters on the Beach Hotel
Shutters on the Beach Hotel is located in the United States
Shutters on the Beach Hotel
Shutters on the Beach Hotel
General information
LocationOne Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA
Coordinates34°00′26″N 118°29′29″W / 34.0072417°N 118.4914179°W / 34.0072417; -118.4914179Coordinates: 34°00′26″N 118°29′29″W / 34.0072417°N 118.4914179°W / 34.0072417; -118.4914179
OpeningJune 8, 1993
OwnerEdward Thomas Collection of Hotels
ManagementETC Hotels
Technical details
Floor count7
Design and construction
ArchitectHill Architects
Other information
Number of rooms186 from $895 per night.
Number of suites12 from $2,000 per night.
Number of restaurantsOne Pico
Coast Beach Cafe & Bar


Shutters on the Beach opened on June 8, 1993, with 198 rooms, on Santa Monica's beachfront.[2] It was built on property that had been occupied by various beach clubs since 1925, including the Edgewater Beach Club, Jonathan Club, Waverly Club and Ambassador Club.[3] A new building, its Craftsman-style exterior was meant to reference Southern California resorts and cottages of the 1920s. At the time of its opening, it was the only hotel in Santa Monica with direct beach access.[2]

Design, style and amenitiesEdit

Built by Hill Architects, the hotel has 186 guest rooms and 12 suites in its two buildings: the Ocean House, the larger of the two; and the Beach House, which sits right on the beach and contains the lobby, the two restaurants and the bar.[2][4] Most of the rooms have full-length shutters leading out to balconies facing the ocean or the swimming pool,[5] while others have fireplaces or jacuzzis.[6] Four-poster beds, comfortable lounge chairs, walnut desks and nightstands, and custom-made white linens are signature aspects of the hotel's furnishings.[7] The décor is typically described as "distinctively New England."[8]

In 2005, interior designer Michael S. Smith was commissioned to re-invent the hotel rooms. He redesigned each of the 186 guest rooms and the 12 suites, as well as One, the hotel's spa.[9]

Artists represented in the hotel's art collection include Jasper Johns, Frank Gehry, David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Motherwell, William Wegman, Richard Diebenkorn, Claes Oldenburg and Ellsworth Kelly.[9][10][11] The hotel has partnered with famous designers, such as Joie; bicycles for guests with Kate Spade;[12] and canvas tote bags with Clare Vivier.[13]

Shutters on the Beach is known for being among the most environmentally friendly hotels in Los Angeles.[14] In 2014, the hotel purchased the electric car 2014 Tesla S P85 as its official house car, available on a complimentary basis for guests staying in a luxury suite, the first hotel in Los Angeles to offer the car.[14][15] During the Christmas holidays, the hotel offers to put Christmas trees in guest rooms.[15]

In 2015, the hotel launched a partnership with yoga teacher, hypnotherapist and meditation teacher John Sahakian to create an exclusive program called AIRR (Automatic Integrated Relaxation Response), with group workshops and retreats to alleviate stress and improve responses to everyday obstacles.[16]


There are two restaurants at the hotel, One Pico and Coast Beach Café and Bar. The more formal One Pico has ocean views and a view of the Santa Monica Pier.[8][17] The hotel's signature restaurant, One Pico opened in 1993 and was renovated by Michael S. Smith in the spring of 2008,[17] and has a Wine Spectator award-winning wine list.[18] Coast is casual and situated at beach level. It opened its doors in the summer of 2007 and was designed by Jim Gillam.[8] The hotel also has a bar and lounge, The Living Room, in the lobby.[19]

In popular cultureEdit

In the 2003 film Something's Gotta Give, Shutters' One Pico restaurant stood in for a Hamptons, New York restaurant where Diane Keaton and Keanu Reeves's characters go on a date.[20]

Shutters on the Beach has been referred to as "Hollywood's Beach House" and is known as a popular hotel and dining spot among Hollywood actors and actresses, with past celebrity sightings including Jennifer Aniston, Eva Longoria, Zac Efron, Ben Affleck, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Megan Fox, Dave Chappelle, Tim Robbins, Christian Bale and Julia Roberts.[5][21]

Honors and awardsEdit


  1. ^ "Shutters on the Beach". Leading Hotels of the World. Retrieved 2013-06-07.
  2. ^ a b c Hilary de Vries, “Los Angeles Hotels In Two Flavors,” New York Times, September 11, 1994.
  3. ^ Jean Trinh, “How Beach Clubs Changed Santa Monica During A Segregated Era,” Archived 2015-10-26 at the Wayback Machine LAist, January 20, 2014.
  4. ^ “Shutters on the Beach,” Marin, July 2011.
  5. ^ a b Sarah Turner, “Fearne’s fantastic beach hut, where desperate housewife Eva Longoria mends her marriage,” The Daily Mail, December 28, 2010.
  6. ^ Adrian Glick Kudler, “The 18 Essential Los Angeles Hotels, November 2014,” Curbed Los Angeles, November 4, 2014.
  7. ^ "The Daily Escape: Shutters on the Beach". 2013-05-27. Retrieved 2013-06-10.
  8. ^ a b c Juyoung Seo, “Santa Monica’s Top Luxury Hotels: Which Is Best For You?” Forbes, September 30, 2015.
  9. ^ a b Lindsay Silberman, “Room Request! Shutters On the Beach,” DuJour. Accessed October 22, 2015.
  10. ^ Nick Boulos, “Sleep,” National Geographic Traveller, Jan/Feb 2015.
  11. ^ Zachary Pincus-Roth, “Best Restroom While Jogging On the Beach,” LA Weekly, 2011.
  12. ^ Robbins, McLean (2011-07-15). "Shutters on the Beach partners with Kate Spade to offer bicycles for guests". Gadling. Retrieved 2013-06-10.
  13. ^ Medina, Marcy (2013-05-16). "Claire Vivier Creates Tote for Shutters on the Beach". Women’s Wear Daily. Retrieved 2013-06-10.
  14. ^ a b Laura Schreffler, “Shutters On the Beach Snaps Up Tesla S as New House Car,” Haute Living, April 1, 2014.
  15. ^ a b Andrea Petersen, “Luxury Hotels’ Latest Amenities Are Brand-Name Fitness Classes,” Wall Street Journal, June 24, 2015.
  16. ^ Ann Abel, “Paying Attention: The Hot New Trend At Luxury Hotels,” Forbes, June 29, 2015.
  17. ^ a b S. Irene Virbila, “One Pico at Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica: Relaxed and redone,” Los Angeles Times, June 18, 2008.
  18. ^ Suzanne Sproul, “Wine Spectator recognizes Los Angeles area restaurants for having the best wine selections in the world,” Los Angeles Daily News, July 17, 2014.
  19. ^ “Santa Monica: Shutters on the Beach,” Saveur, June 18, 2013.
  20. ^ Heiderstadt, Donna (2013-02-18). "10 Famous Oscar-Nominated Hotels". Fodor’s. Retrieved 2013-06-12.
  21. ^ Jordan Burchette, “Best places to dine with celebrities in the U.S.,” CNN, April 30, 2015.
  22. ^ Somer Flaherty and Mimi Towle, “Life’s a Beach,” Marin, July 2011.
  23. ^ a b c d e "Shutters on the Beach (Review)". U.S. News and World Report. Retrieved 2013-06-10.
  24. ^ Larson, Nicole (2010-10-27). "Best Southern California Coastal Getaways". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2013-06-11.
  25. ^ “View the Full Gold List 2015: The World’s Best Hotels,” Conde Nast Traveler, December 16, 2014.
  26. ^ "Shutters on the Beach, Santa Monica". Beach Tomato. Retrieved 2013-06-11.

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