Gensler replaces two aging motels with a modern and stylish hotel
The hotel replaces two aging oceanfront motels with a modern, 90,000 sq-ft hotel with 164 stylishly appointed guestrooms. To accomplish this, the team took inspiration from the property's spectacular location - where beautiful natural oceanfront landscape converges with the unique urban fabric of Santa Monica.
First, the architects extended the beachside environment indoors, with natural sandstone walls in the lobby, an open lobby with glass walls looking out at the ocean, and native vegetation sprinkled throughout. Guestrooms are dressed in shades of turquoise and orange and outfitted with custom-made teak wood furniture, each with its own private balcony.
Next, the design team went to great lengths to provide as many ocean views as possible from guestroom balconies. There is also a unique, three-tier sky bridge that connects the main building to a second collection of rooms and affords the same great views of the Pacific Ocean. The courtyard is enclosed with glass walls and overlooks the ocean, housing an infinity pool, spa, and spacious deck. The courtyard welcomes pedestrians with a unique public-use space that blurs the line between the sidewalk and hotel entrance.
Sustainability is an integral part of the design for the LEED Gold Certified hotel. Guestroom balconies provide natural ventilation and brilliant views. Additional ventilation from a ducted fresh-air system exceeds minimum code requirements. Bath vanities and desktops are made from ecological safe solvents. Wall coverings are Greenguard-certified for indoor air quality. The pool and spa are heated by roof top solar panels. Additional energy saving was achieved by placing sensors in each guestroom that turns off main light fixtures and the air conditioning unit after guests leave the room. As the first new building to implement an Auto-Demand Response System, the hotel allows the electric company to tap into their energy management system to prevent city-wide brown or black outs. A digital presentation that streams across each guestroom's flat screen television has been introduced as a way to educate guests about the many sustainable features of the hotel.