The Huntley

Hotel in Los Angeles

Chic Luxury Beach Side Boutique Hotel

Santa Monica’s tallest hotel with panoramic urban, ocean and mountain views just moments from the beach.

On arriving at The Huntley any stress from driving through LA was instantly removed. The Huntley valet team were East Coast efficient combined with West Coast friendly; welcoming us, taking our bags and showing us into the reception, an elegant, stylish space filled with ambient lighting, luxurious rugs, good music, and a wall of white piranhas!

Equally efficient were the team on reception and in a few minutes we were checked in and on our way up to our room. Orlando helped us with our bags and shared some great local and hotel tips on the way; telling us about the Penthouse Lounge/Bar on floor 18, things available in the shop (in reception), the best place to hire bikes and local attractions.

An impressive welcome and start to our 48 hours in LA.

Built in the 1960’s as an apartment complex, The Huntley is now the highest hotel property in Santa Monica. Standing 18 (- floor 13!) floors tall. Only 2 blocks in from the beach, there are sweeping, dramatic in room views, framed by large windows. The experience inside is one of luxury and comfort, with interiors designed by German-American designer Thomas Schoos (Morimoto Napa, Tao Las Vegas).

Every room floor 9 and above enjoys partial ocean views. Our King room (1111) on floor 11 was looking South, with the city in the distance and the beach to the side. The big windows let in the light in the day and the ocean breeze at night bringing in fresh air and the distant sound of the ocean.

The rooms are simply and cleanly arranged. Lacking the style and atmosphere of the lobby reception area, but offering great comfort, space and amenities. The bed and pillows were very comfortable with fresh white linen. Bathroom products are provided by Californian skin care company Lather. Rooms have a non sensor mini bar with standard but very well priced snacks and drinks. There is no in room coffee maker but instead (and preferable for us) an ice bucket and cocktail shaker, with ice available on every floor.

With 209 rooms and six room types there is a room size to suite every need. Most are with a shower only; so do request a bath if desired. The 27 suites (Signature, Malibu and Presidential) have a much more distinct style; with pops of color, interesting features (like upholstered alcoves) and unique furniture creating a more luxurious and personal feel than the more standard rooms. More in keeping with the design of the reception lobby.

Thanks to the great views, atmosphere, food and drink at The Penthouse, we spent quite a lot of time relaxing at the hotel. However the location was ideal for getting about and as this was my first time in LA I wanted to check out a few areas.

We explored Santa Monica by foot and bike, walking to the commercial pedestrian shopping area on 3rd Street (2 minutes from the hotel). Jogged on the beach in the mornings, past the bodybuilders and acrobats at Muscle Beach.  Lunch at Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood was just 20 minutes in the car. On our last morning we were a short drive to Venice Beach and the vibrant and independently spirited Abbot Kinney Street. Enjoying an outstanding brunch at local favorite Gjelina and checking out the gorgeous canals before heading to the airport and back to NY.

Relaxed, refreshed and eager to return to our retreat by the sea.

Reviewer's Rating
Culture / Sightseeing, Shopping, Beach / Sun
Dogs Welcome No
Purpose of Trip Leisure
Services Business Center, Restaurant, Room Service, Fitness Center
Cost High
Ambience Incredible Staff, Elegant, Trendy
Number of Rooms 209 Rooms & Suites

Room and Suite Categories

Six room categories from Deluxe and Premier to Huntley King at over 400 sq ft and the Signature, Malibu and Presidential Suites.

Additional Price Comments

Valet $30 a night. Internet is around $10 a day.

Last updated on 02-10-2015

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