A Fresh Arts Destination
Frieze Los Angeles: February 16-19, 2023
Frieze Los Angeles hosted it’s first event at Santa Monica Airport on February 16-19, 2023! Santa Monica was honored to host this year’s global art fair, which brought upwards of 30,000 international and domestic visitors to the city. This 2023 event is the largest Frieze Los Angeles to date, featuring over 120 galleries from 22 countries across the world.
Frank Gehry’s Ocean Avenue Project, coming 2026!
Santa Monica eagerly looks forward to Frank Gehry’s newest Ocean Avenue Project, a mixed-use LEED Platinum certified development. The new L-shaped building located along Ocean and Santa Monica Boulevard will include a 120-room hotel with amenities and meeting space, 100 apartments, 36,000-square feet of retail and restaurant space and a 35,000-square foot museum and gallery campus.
Nationally Recognized Spas
Santa Monica is putting its pin on the map as a new wellness destination. Highly acclaimed Surya Spa and its custom Ayurvedic treatments, located in Santa Monica Proper Hotel is often featured in news outlets such as Refinery29, Thrillist, Forbes and Conde Nast Traveler and is consistently touted by celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker. Reserve a spot to experience top-rated rest and relaxation, as spots fill up quickly. For the same bohemian flair and serene atmosphere, visit The Raven Spa in Downtown Santa Monica. Recently rated by Thrillist as one of the top LA spas for a self-care day, The Raven Spa seeks to promote the ultimate day of zen. Local tip: feel like royalty with a soak in the hammam, a classic Turkish soak within a clawfoot tub! Visitors and locals can also be found at one of the many spas located in Santa Monica’s 41 hotels. Click here to check out the best hotel spas!
Nicknamed the “City of Inspiration,” visitors are also guaranteed to feel inspired by the community’s naturally healthy lifestyle. Adding to Santa Monica’s already robust list of over 400 restaurants, visitors and locals can indulge in new healthy dining, like popular MIXT salad bar and Narita Vegan Sushi.
Health classes and high-tech fitness experiences further add to the city’s health-conscious lifestyle: workout with Upgrade Lab‘s AI Adaptive Bike and enjoy recovery experiences like a 360-degree lymphatic detox, cryotherapy, pulsed electro-magnetic field (PEMF) therapy and infrared beds or join The Class‘ fun and challenging workout combining strength-training, cardio and mindfulness.
New Hotel Additions
Taking over Hotel Shangri-La’s prime property on Ocean Avenue, the Sonder hospitality family is growing its Santa Monica presence with the new Beacon hotel. Known for its unique, completely mobile self-service operation, this affordable new location boasts its ability to combine the comfort of a home-share experience with professional hospitality services. Guests staying at The Beacon are required to check-in, request housekeeping services and more through the mobile Sonder app. The Beacon is partially open to the public, having opened its doors on January 14, 2023.
Completed in April 2021, the revamped Hilton Santa Monica boasts 286-guest rooms with 211 of them being suites. Guests can enjoy new amenities including an outdoor pool with cabanas, a 24-hour fitness center and over 1,000-square feet of flexible event space. Monica’s, the property’s on-site, chef-driven, full-service restaurant and bar and The Detox Market, providing beach essentials and wellbeing products ensure guests enjoy a refreshing stay every time.
Currently undergoing a rebranding change from JW Marriott, this soon-to-be-Autograph Collection hotel is set to feature a fully renovated property—including lobby, restaurant, rooms and meeting spaces—in Spring 2023. The hotel remains partially open for guests and continues to be one of Santa Monica’s top beachside hotels for business and leisure stays. Continue to check back for updates on Le Merigot’s official re-opening!
Santa Monica’s most historic and iconic hotel has undergone a head-to-toe renovation. Fully reopening February 2023, The Georgian Hotel will unveil its newly designed rooms, lobby and restaurant showcasing new features like Art Deco furniture, ornate lighting, rare imported Italian marble and Havana Deco-inspired floor patterns.