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The Huntley Hotel

Santa Monica, California

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Why Stay At The Huntley Hotel

This 204-room modern tower in Santa Monica, California offers the area's best vantage point: views from the 18th-floor Penthouse bar span the coastline from Malibu to Venice.

The Scoop

Santa Monica is a slice of serenity in Los Angeles: it's a beachfront urban enclave where pedestrian-filled streets are lined with upscale boutiques and top-notch restaurants. Set on a tree-lined block just steps from the boardwalk, the Huntley, a 204-room modern tower that's one of the neighborhood's tallest buildings, is a local's type of place. Though it's close to the beach and all the best sites, the setting is quiet, and the stark white-and-black interiors (dark leather Chesterfield chairs, deep soaking tubs) evoke the area's upscale sensibility. The staff is well-trained—car valets are prompt and offer easy-to-follow directions; restaurant staffers are truly knowledgeable about the inventive menu—and come evening, hostesses without attitude will find you a seat at the bar, which is crowded with local professionals.

Insider Tips

Don't miss the scene at the top-floor restaurant and bar, called The Penthouse. Beginning after work around 6 p.m. on weekdays, the space, which has 360-degree views of Santa Monica and the Pacific, fills up with Angelenos who prefer it to the grittier bars of West Hollywood.

Forgo the hotel breakfast on Wednesdays and Saturdays and head to Arizona Boulevard, the site of a well-known farmers' market, for organic coffee, white raspberries, leafy kale, and even exotic items such as dragon fruit.

Preferred Airport

Arrive at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) which is approximately 10 miles from the hotel. Anticipate about 30 to 45 minutes of travel time depending on traffic.

1111 Second Street, Santa Monica, California, United States

Hotel Features

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Property Amenities
  • Health and Fitness Facility
  • Gift Shop
  • 24-Hour Concierge Service
  • Executive Business Center
  • Private Car with Chauffeur
  • Daily Newspaper
  • Valet Service
  • Daily Laundry Service
  • Complimentary Shoe Shine
  • Car Rental
  • Babysitting Referral Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
In-Room Amenities
  • Ocean or City Views
  • 42" Plasma TVs
  • Wireless Internet Access
  • Multi-line Telephones
  • DVD/CD Players
  • Work Desks
  • Pillow-Top Beds
  • Frette Bathrobes
  • Luxurious Slippers
  • Luxury Bath Amenities
  • Hair Dryers
  • Mini Bars
  • In-Room Safes
  • Iron + Ironing Boards
  • Nightly Turn Down Service
Dining & Nightlife
  • Restaurant
  • Café
  • In-Room Dining
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Why We Love Santa Monica

This walkable enclave on L.A.'s west side is home to the boutique-filled Third Street Promenade, the newly renovated Santa Monica Place shopping mall, and a 3.5-mile stretch of public beach that draws millions of people annually to watch sunsets, stroll along the beachfront paths, or ride the 1920s carousel on Santa Monica Pier.

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Where to Shop: The Third Street Promenade is a three-block pedestrian-only stretch that's chockablock with restaurants and shops, from the wildly fun, independent toy store Puzzle Zoo to chic fashion spot Fred Segal. Thanks to music performances and street vendors, it's also one of the best spots in L.A. for people-watching.
Puzzle Zoo: 1411 Third Street Promenade. 1-310-393-9201
Fred Segal: 500 Broadway. 1-310-458-8100

Outdoor Excursion: Rent a bike from Bike Curious Rentals, and follow the path along the beach to get a close-up of L.A.'s counterculture scene in Venice Beach. Here, the beach is wide and beautiful, and nearby blocks are home to some of the city's best dining spots, including Gjelina on Abbot Kinney.
Gjelina: 1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd. 1-310-450-1429.
Dinner for two $85.
Bike Curious Rentals: 34 Windward Ave. 1-310-396-1166
Bike rentals from $6 per hour.

Best Day Trip: A 20-minute drive north of Santa Monica will bring you to Malibu and more private, pristine beaches including Zuma. Keep an eye out for celebrities.

Where to Eat: Succulent bone-in rib-eye steaks and robust red wines make for a must-have meal near the beach at BOA Steakhouse, sister restaurant to nearby Sushi Roku. As befitting a place not far from the water, the cold jumbo prawns and ahi tuna are first-rate choices.
101 Santa Monica Blvd. 1-310-899-4466
Dinner for two $160.
Santa Monica Pier on a signature SoCal day.

Santa Monica Pier on a signature SoCal day.

Why Go Now

January 13, 2012
2012 Academy Awards
The annual event, which brings silver-screen glitterati to Hollywood's Kodak Theater, will be hosted by Billy Crystal in 2012.
Kodak Theater.

March 18, 2012
Los Angeles Marathon
The 26.2-mile race starts at Dodger Stadium and ends at the intersection of Ocean Avenue and California Avenue in Santa Monica.

April 2012
Edgemar Short Film Festival
The must-see event to check out the work of up-and-coming Hollywood talent. 2437 Main St. 1-310-399-3666

The Huntley Hotel

Santa Monica, California

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