FrontRunners: Shore Thing
Views of Santa Monica Bay and the Southern California coastline from Shutters on the Beach (310.458.0030, www.shuttersonthebeach.com) are much, if not exactly, as they were two years ago, but the interior of the beach house-style hotel has seen considerable change. Renovations to the Santa Monica, Calif., property, which Los Angeles interior designer Michael Smith began in 2004 and finished last fall, have accentuated its casual, by-the-shore ambience and added new Technologies to the 186 guest rooms and 12 suites. The accommodations now feature mahogany-stained hardwood floors and Tibetan wool rugs, floor-to-ceiling shelves of literature and art books, 32-inch LCD TVs, and high-speed wireless Internet service. The new Shutters One spa, completed early in the refurbishment, further emphasizes the property’s maritime theme: The interiors and porthole-style windows of its six treatment rooms resemble those of a yacht.