Luxury Hotels: Santa Monica, California: famed beach town made popular by its warm climate, historic Carousel on its pier, and eclectic Third Street Promenade street performers. Of course, it's also home to the esteemed Huntley Hotel. With a Southern California beach vibe juxtaposed with dramatic design elements from designer Thomas Schoos, the Huntley is no ordinary luxury hotel.
The staff at the Huntley aim to please. If you're a first-time guest, the front desk concierge will gladly welcome you with descriptions of the hotel's amenities and where each one can be found. From car to room, the bellman is at your service with a smile.
Step inside the lobby and you are immediately introduced to design concepts flawlessly utilizing space and light. Inside you'll find plush lamb's wool rugs, uniquely carved wood chairs, African daybeds, and a wall of white lacquered piranhas. White orchids don tabletops and oversized mirrors rest against the walls.
As the elevator doors open up on the 12th floor, the dimly lit hallways, dark mahogany walls, and tree branches with small tealights create a serene atmosphere. The Malibu Suite, one of 19 suites, has a 1970s retro feel with updated modern amenities and luxe features. Cream-colored furniture, python-printed oval chairs and exquisite beach views make up this exceptional suite.
The large room inside the suite is separated by an oak divider creating a living room setting that is separate from the bedroom. Rich, red fabric window benches stretch across the length of the room for added comfort while viewing Santa Monica's coastline. The spacious bathroom, with soaking tub and separate shower, boasts his and her sinks and large countertops perfect for couples or families.
Those wishing for the L.A. experience without the hassle of traffic, can retreat to The Penthouse Restaurant above the hotel. The Penthouse is open for breakfast and serves up delicious American cuisine until 2 a.m.
In the evening the Penthouse Restaurant transforms into a playground for those who wish to see and be seen while sipping on creative cocktails. Poolside cabanas sit inside the restaurant creating an intimate beach atmosphere with white leather couches behind sheer hanging curtains. Guests can also relax under the moonlight in the fireplace room with seats comfortably designed for two. Simple, yet elegant, décor runs throughout the Penthouse, complete with crystal chandeliers and 360-degree views.
From the stylish lobby to the modern and trendy suites to its chic Penthouse Restaurant, The Huntley offers something for everyone. Located steps away from Third Street Promenade and a short drive to the Santa Monica Pier, this hotel boasts the perfect location for your Southern California getaway.