I get loads of questions each time i post my travel pics. Friends on social media noticed that I went to Santa Monica 2 years in a row. And asked many questions. I will answer them here.
WHERE DID I STAY? AND DID YOU STAY THERE TWICE? WHY?
Look. I CANNOT CANNOT stress this anymore – IF you are in SANTA MONICA, the only place to stay in should be SHORE HOTEL! Yes you guys are right, this is my 2nd time here, staying in the same OCEAN VIEW room. And why you may ask?
Firstly -SERVICE, COMFORT, LOVE, HOSPITALITY: The moment you step into this eco-friendly 4-star hotel, i swear to you, the smell, the view, the people, the cleanliness, it just MELT ALL your stresses away. MELT. Look – i love to Hotel Hop so if i return to the same hotel twice, it says a lot. I was served by a few regular staff like Tony, Britanny and they are such darlings. Even when the room service has closed, seeing how i am shivering in cold (the weather at night can go down to like 17deg with strong wind), they made the bar send me a fresh pot of hot choc. Altogether now…AWWWWW. Their concierge will help us in whatever we need without any complains and all smiles – WHAAAAT? (HINT – SQ)
The room is just heavenly – out of all 4 hotels i hopped on the last trip, the best baths and sleep came to us in SHORE HOTEL. Look at the room…
No wonder they are given so many awards including:-
- Winner, 2015 HSMAI Los Angeles Best Green Hotel
- Certificate of Excellence 2015 WINNER
- Winner, 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
- Winner, 2014 TripAdvisor Green Leaders – Platinum Award
Secondly, CONVENIENCE AND LOCATION. I mean come on… Donch ya wanna wake up to THESE VIEWS EVERYDAY?
PLUS, Santa Monica Pier and Beach is literally a 3mins walk away. Halal food is all around and… SHOPPING! The famous 3rd street promenade is 2 mins walk away from the side entrance. The METRO RAPID is a 5 mins walk away. OH COME ON! You cannot beat that!
YOU CANNOT GO WRONG with SHORE HOTEL!
So next question: ANY HALAL FOOD?
SO MANY! When in doubt, ask YELP or ZABIHAH. We often eat at the SEA SIDE GRILL, just a minute away from SHORE HOTEL and the FOOD COURT at the Santa Monica Place (there is a halal food stall there too)
RELAX – you wont go hungry heheheh
There is also BUBBA GUMP on the pier – you can just ask them for vegan meal or purely seafood, no alcohol meals.
NEXT: SAFE? DID YOU GET ANY RASCIST ATTACK? DID YOU GET ROBBED?
I know we are all badly marred by the visuals we see on TV but while i have to agree some places ARE dangerous, Santa Monica has been a real darling to me – both times – ALHAMDULLILAH! People are nice and warm, helpful and cool.
It is generally safe here in Santa Monica. There is quite an increasing number of homeless there but they don’t seem to be violent and never once were we disturbed. Having said that, we always stay clear of funny alleys, dark corners and we stay in the safe zone always. Patrol police are active too. Being courteous to homeless who tries to ask you for a dollar or two helps.
During crowded times at the Pier, it will be good to ensure your bag is in front of you. Also, don’t be too daring in the wee hours in the night – dont go to the beach then. Safety is key.
SO.. NO i did not get robbed or attacked. THANK YOU GOD!
LASTLY: IS IT A GOOD PLACE TO VISIT?
Guys – i went twice and may be going again – what do you think? Shopping is good – there are countless brands in the 3rd street promenade and some with amazing offers. Look out for offers and sales. There are TJ Max and CrossRoad discount stores too. The wind, the cool weather – the place is … inspiring. ENJOY!