Monday, June 20, 2011

Two Classics By the Sea

Shutters on the Beach is one of my very favorite hotels. It is quintessential New England in the heart of Santa Monica. Shutters is the perfect size hotel. The lobby feels as if you are visiting an old friend's beach home on the east coast. In fact an article in Travel & Leisure stated "Shutters has a laid back beach-house feel with all of the perks of a luxury hotel".

The restaurant on their beach level is Coast. Coast is that perfect restaurant that is right any time of day. It is a casual, fun cafe with a nice breezy, covered patio. One Pico offers fine dining with an exceptional view.

Casa del Mar is a landmark in Santa Monica. Casa (as it is affectionately called) was opened in 1926. Casa was built by renowned architect Charles F. Plummer in the height of the roaring 20's on "The Gold Coast" area of Santa Monica. After serving as a beach club and a longevity center, Casa was restored to her former grandeur and reopened as a luxury hotel in 1999.

The lobby at Casa is one of the most popular spots in Santa Monica. The decor is classic and the view is amazing. The hotel evokes a feeling of days gone by but of course with every single modern convenience. Their gourmet restaurant Catch is just off the lobby.

These two hotels are owned by the same family. They are run extremely well. No detail is overlooked. Shutters and Casa del Mar are two of my very favorite locations for planning social and corporate events and weddings.

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