Surrounded by vibrant city and ocean views, and located just a half block from the bustling 3rd Street Promenade, the Huntley Hotel is a Santa Monica icon.
This luxury hotel seamlessly blends breezy Southern California surroundings with modern decor and a decidedly playful style that works.
All this, plus easy access to Santa Monica's acclaimed beaches, the Santa Monica Pier, and the Third Street Promenade.
The white lacquer piranhas dotting one wall of the lobby nicely demonstrates the Huntley's playful side for me.
It's definitely not the scenic glass elevator that soars up 18 floors on the building's exterior. I have this little fear of heights.
I only get on that elevator when I absolutely have to - and then I close my eyes. (Everyone else says this elevator serves up some of the best Santa Monica views around.)
The Huntley Hotel was built in 1964, and extensively renovated in 2008. While much of its 1960s-era exterior remains intact, the interior spaces were nicely updated and retooled.
The Huntley's common areas are open, airy, and very of-the-moment. Yet touches of the 1970s wonderfully remain - (think thick shag carpets), low tables carved from wood.
Many of hotel's 204 luxurious guest rooms, (along with 12 suites and a Presidential suite), overlook the Pacific Ocean.
On the Huntley's 18th floor, designer Thomas Schoos teamed up with executive chef Alex Manos to create a dramatic rooftop dining experience at The Penthouse restaurant and lounge.
Panoramic ocean views, beach cabanas, open skies and signature craft cocktails along with California contemporary cuisine, create a one-of-a-kind dining experience.
For all these reasons and more - like the fact that the Penthouse is almost always home to a lively crow - it is a favorite place among locals as well as visitors.
Guest rooms at the Huntley include:
Rate start at $329 nightly. For more information, contact reservations at 888-532-5155; or contact the hotel directly at 310-393-8080. You can also visit the Huntley Hotel website here.