Fodor's Expert Review Shutters on the Beach

1 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, California, 90405, USA Fodor's Choice

Set right on the sand, this inn has become synonymous with staycations, with the beachfront location and show-house decor making it one of SoCal's most popular luxury hotels. The flagship 1 Pico restaurant has launched a popular market-fresh menu under chef David Almany, formerly of Osteria Mozza. The cozy lobby evokes a New England getaway, with a fireplace and tall windows opening out to the Pacific Ocean. Guest rooms have those namesake shutter doors, pillow-top mattresses, small balconies, and built-in cabinets filled with art books and curios. Rooms were designed by powerhouse interior designer Michael Smith to feature earth-tone throws and pillows and a beach-chic aesthetic. Bathrooms are luxe, each with a deep whirlpool tub, a raft of bath goodies, and a three-nozzle, glass-walled shower. Check out the cabanas in the ocean-view pool area.


  • built-in cabinets filled with art books and curios
  • rooms designed by Michael Smith
  • bathrooms come with whirlpool tubs


  • have to pay for extras like beach chairs
  • very expensive
  • breakfast not included




Phones: 310-458–0030 | 800-334–9000


198 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals, Credit cards accepted