Shutters on the Beach Hotel

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Shutters on the Beach
General information
Location One Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, California
Opening June 8, 1993
Owner ETC (Edward Thomas Collection) Hotels
Management ETC (Edward Thomas Collection) Hotels
Technical details
Floor count 7
Design and construction
Architect Hill Architects (Palo Alto, CA)
Other information
Number of rooms 186
Number of suites 12
Number of restaurants One Pico
Coast Beach Cafe & Bar

Independently owned and operated by the Beverly Hills-based Edward Thomas Collection of Hotels (ETC Hotels), who also own Casa del Mar next door, Shutters on the Beach is a luxury hotel located on the beach in Santa Monica in Southern California.[1]

A member of The Leading Hotels of the World,[2] Shutters on the Beach offers two restaurants: One Pico and Coast Beach Café and Bar. One Pico, Shutters’ signature restaurant, was designed and renovated by Michael S. Smith in the spring of 2008[1] and boasts a Wine Spectator award-winning[3] wine list. Coast Beach Café & Bar opened its doors in the summer of 2007 and was designed by Jim Gillam.[4]


The property on which Shutters sits, and where the old Edgewater club of the 1920s once stood,[5] was abandoned and foreclosed when ETC purchased it in 1991.[6] Shutters on the Beach opened its doors on June 8, 1993.[4]

Design & style[edit]

The hotel architecture has been said to recall both East Coast beach homes[1] and the traditional architecture of America’s beachfront resorts and inviting cottages of the Southern California coast during the 1920s and 1930s.[4] Built by Hill Architects (Palo Alto, CA),[4] the hotel's three separate buildings comprise the hotel’s structure,[1] all visually linked by slate-grey shingled siding,[1] balconies and cabana-striped awnings.

Artists represented in the hotel's collection include Jasper Johns, Frank Gehry, David Hockney,[1][4] Roy Lichtenstein,[1][4] Robert Motherwell,[4] William Wegman,[4] Richard Diebenkorn,[4] Claes Oldenburg,[4] as well as others.

Shutters on the Beach houses 186 guest rooms and 12 suites.[4]

Interior designer Michael S. Smith was commissioned in 2005 to re-invent the hotel rooms.[4] Many rooms at this hotel are configured to yield views of the coastline and Pacific Ocean.[1] Four-poster beds,[1][7] comfortable lounge chairs, walnut desks and nightstands, and custom-made white linens are signature aspects of the hotel's furnishings.[4] Smith also designed ONE, the hotel's spa, which was his first-ever spa design.[4]

Shutters is also notable for having partnered with famous designers, such as Joie, Kate Spade,[8] and Claire Vivier.[9]

Shop with the chef[edit]

Shutters offers a unique option. On Wednesdays, Chef Michael Reardon and staff take guests to the famous Santa Monica Farmers Market to select and influence the materials that will become that evening's special "Market Dinner" selection as described by travel writer Bill Tomicki in the ENTREE Travel Newsletter.[1]

In popular culture[edit]

Awards & honors[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Oyster Hotel Review: Shutters on the Beach". Oyster. Retrieved 2013-06-07. 
  2. ^ "Shutters on the Beach". Leading Hotels of the World. Retrieved 2013-06-07. 
  3. ^ a b c d Forster, Laurie (2011-08-03). "Explore wine & food at Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica". Washington Times. Retrieved 2013-06-07. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Fact Sheet". Shutters on the Beach. Retrieved 2013-06-07. 
  5. ^ Robbins, Jenna Rose (2013-05-30). "Shutters Celebrates Two Decades of Defining Beach Style". Shutters on the Beach blog. Retrieved 2013-06-08. 
  6. ^ "Profile". Edward Thomas Collection. Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
  7. ^ "The Daily Escape: Shutters on the Beach". 2013-05-27. Retrieved 2013-06-10. 
  8. ^ Robbins, McLean (2011-07-15). "Shutters on the Beach partners with Kate Spade to offer bicycles for guests". Gadling. Retrieved 2013-06-10. 
  9. ^ Medina, Marcy (2013-05-16). "Claire Vivier Creates Tote for Shutters on the Beach". Women’s Wear Daily. Retrieved 2013-06-10. 
  10. ^ Heiderstadt, Donna (2013-02-18). "10 Famous Oscar-Nominated Hotels". Fodor’s. Retrieved 2013-06-12. 
  11. ^ "Shutters on the Beach (Review)". U.S. News and World Report. Retrieved 2013-06-10. 
  12. ^ Larson, Nicole (2010-10-27). "Best Southern California Coastal Getaways". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
  13. ^ "Shutters on the Beach, Santa Monica". Beach Tomato. Retrieved 2013-06-11. 

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