Summer in Santa Monica: Hotel, Restaurant
and Transportation News

Exciting new developments highlight city’s long-term investment in sustainable tourism, regional mobility and incomparable hotel collection

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (July 1, 2015) Summer in Santa Monica has become synonymous with sunny beach days, endless outdoor entertainment options, and long balmy nights – all of which will be an inevitable part of the summer of 2015. Yet a host of new developments within the culinary, hospitality and transportation spheres signify exciting changes coming to California’s quintessential beachside city.

Hotel renovations

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel reveals new pool and pool deck
Just in time for the summer season, Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel has unveiled a dramatic new swimming pool, pool deck and four poolside Cabana rooms with a private access to the newly restored pool area. Highlights of the renovation include: 13 fire pits with cozy lounge furniture, spacious canopy-style day beds, elevated, unobstructed views of the historic Santa Monica Pier and a nightly “Toast to the Sunset” where guests can enjoy complimentary champagne while watching the sun dip into the Pacific Ocean.

Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows to unveil 28 redesigned bungalow suites
Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows will re-introduce its fully renovated iconic bungalow suites this summer, designed by celebrated interior designer Michael Berman. Inspired by Fairmont Miramar’s striking Berman-designed presidential suite Bungalow One, the new bungalow suites will reflect the same convergence of Malibu beach house chic and “surf modern” style. Each of the 28 bungalows will have a unique personality, but all will combine a fresh color palette with organic elements throughout, integrating cooling gray-blue hues, custom lighting, and local-inspired vintage artwork, reflective of the Santa Monica beach community.

Wyndham Santa Monica – At The Pier completes transformation
Wyndham Santa Monica – At The Pier recently announced the completion of the final phase of its multi-million dollar interior and exterior renovations. The seven-story, 132-room hotel now welcomes guests to a completely updated lobby, fitness center, boardroom and dining experience designed to incorporate echoes of the local beach town environment with colors and textures inspired by its seaside location. This extensive revamp of the hotel’s interior public spaces comes at the heels of a full transformation of its exterior and guest rooms in 2013.

New hotel packages

Viceroy’s Bloomingdale’s Shopping Experience
The new partnership between Viceroy Santa Monica and Bloomingdale’s enabled the luxury hotel to act as the backdrop for the upscale department store’s April 2015 Fashion Calendar photo shoot and lookbook, and also inspired the hotel’s new package offering: the “Bloomingdale’s Shopping Experience”. The exclusive package includes: overnight accommodations at Viceroy Santa Monica, a $500 gift card to spend at Bloomingdale’s in Santa Monica Place, a two-hour custom shopping experience with a Bloomingdale’s style advisor, and a Forty Carrots smoothie to sip while browsing.

Hotel Casa del Mar and Shutters on the Beach debut custom mindfulness-inspired offerings for corporate retreats
Hotel Casa del Mar and Shutters on the Beach recently introduced a selection of curated activities and programs geared toward helping guests practice a more mindful lifestyle. At the center of these offerings are the Automatic Integrative Relaxation Response (AIRR) sessions, created specifically for corporate and leisure groups to provide multiple techniques to alleviate stress and improve responses to daily life challenges. AIRR sessions can be customized to include the instruction of principles of body, environment and mind, as well as practicing a range of relaxation methods and breathing exercises. All sessions can take place in the hotels’ meeting rooms, suites, poolside or out on the beach.

New on the culinary scene

A recent influx of new Santa Monica dining options has the Los Angeles culinary scene buzzing. Hot new concepts, up-and-coming chefs, celebrity-helmed restaurants and an overarching commitment to farm-to-table dining further defines Santa Monica as one of California’s top culinary destinations.

Exciting recent additions and imminent arrivals include: new Main Street hotspot Ashland Hill; Southeast Asian brasserie Cassia and wine bar Esters, both from husband and wife dream team Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan of the Rustic Canyon family restaurants; Belcampo Meat Company, the brand-new Santa Monica source for organic, directly-sourced, humanely-raised meat; the celeb- friendly Hinterland, co-owned by Joe Jonas; and seafood den Santa Monica Yacht Club, from the team behind the wildly-popular Tar and Roses.

New in sustainable travel

Santa Monica Travel & Tourism (SMTT) Honored with Platinum Adrian Award for being a leader in sustainable tourism
The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) and National Geographic Traveler recently recognized SMTT with a prestigious Platinum Adrian Award for “Leadership in Sustainable Tourism”. SMTT received the honor for its part in creating the Santa Monica Green Business Certification, a collaboration between Sustainable Works, the City of Santa Monica, and the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce. The voluntary program encourages local businesses to implement environmentally friendly practices, and in doing so, strengthening Santa Monica’s reputation as a top sustainable destination that strives to enable both locals and visitors to make more eco-friendly decisions.

Shore Hotel becomes first U.S. hotel to install intelligent energy storage system coupled with fast DC EV charging
The eco-chic Shore Hotel, Santa Monica’s only Gold LEED certified hotel, furthered its commitment to sustainability by unveiling its new intelligent energy story system on the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. The intelligent energy system (provided by Green Charge Networks) coupled with a fast Direct Current (DC) Electric Vehicle (EV) charging is the first of its kind within the United States, and will save Shore Hotel an estimated 50 percent in electricity demand charges by counteracting the fluctuation of the building’s variable energy use by charging the system’s batteries at key moments. Shore Hotel hopes to encourage this new form of clean transportation by welcoming locals and visitors to use the new DC EV system to charge their electric vehicles.

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel’s AquaRecycle
The Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel’s newest sustainability effort, a program called AquaRecycle, now enables the hotel to recycle more than 70 percent of its laundry wastewater and the heat energy contained in it. The project was partially funded through water and gas rebates, and Loews expects that the program will pay for the remaining $94,000 within 17 months of use. AquaRecycle will save the Santa Monica hotel over 4.3 million gallons of water a year, in addition to cutting down on the hotel’s gas emissions and carbon footprint.

New in transportation

Discovering the region
Santa Monica sits perched on the Pacific Ocean at the crossroads of Pacific Coast Highway and California Interstate Highway 10, a mere eight non-freeway miles from Los Angeles International Airport and within close proximity to all of Los Angeles’ most famous landmarks and attractions. Santa Monica’s prime location within greater Los Angeles offers convenient access to take in the glitz and glamour of Beverly Hills, the nightlife of West Hollywood, the thrill of Universal Studios, or a hike behind the Hollywood sign, without having to sacrifice a heavenly beachside base.

By early 2016, the arrival of Expo Light Rail will connect Downtown Santa Monica to greater Los Angeles by rail for the first time in over 50 years. The 15-mile light rail line will be the first extension of the Metro rail to the Westside. The project is expected to be completed in late 2015 and soon after will offer locals and visitors the ability to travel to Downtown Los Angeles in under 45 minutes – even during rush hour. Its completion will represent a significant long-term public investment in citywide transit, regional mobility and sustainability.

New at the beach

Summer at Annenberg Community Beach House
Santa Monica’s Annenberg Community Beach House, the only public beach house in the country, recently rolled out its brand new line up of summer programing, including: Sunset Swim from 6:30 – 9:30pm on the second Friday of June, July, August and September, slacklining on varying heights of lines set up in the sand every Friday, free dry land stand-up paddle board demos on Saturdays throughout the summer, and daily rentals on beach essentials, including: boogie boards, chairs, umbrellas, and stand-up paddleboards. For more information, visit http://beachhouse.smgov.net/.

About Santa Monica Travel & Tourism
Santa Monica Travel & Tourism (SMTT), formerly Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau, is a non-profit organization designed to increase visitor expenditures, tourism revenues and local employment opportunities through the promotion of Santa Monica as a travel destination. For travel and accommodation information or a free copy of the official Visitors Guide, the public can write to the Santa Monica Visitor Center, 2427 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405; call 800-544-5319 or 310-393-7593; visit santamonica.com; or email info@santamonica.com. Follow SMTT on Twitter @GoSantaMonica or become a Facebook fan at facebook.com/visitsantamonica.

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Contact: Jackie Alvarez
Santa Monica Travel & Tourism
310-319-6263
Jalvarez@santamonica.com