Coastal Hotel Features Award-Winning Décor and Ocean Views
Some buildings seem to soak in the natural beauty that surrounds them. The nearby Pacific shoreline is the obvious influence of the Sheraton Delfina Santa Monica, winner of Hospitality Design magazine's award for creative achievement in hotel design in 2005. Seashell prints and coral tabletop décor enliven the atrium lobby, and soothing ocean colors brighten the guest rooms. Amid tropical landscaping, an outdoor heated pool glistens near white resort-style cabanas and a shiny Cameroon-teak deck. This elegant, casual hotel feels comfortable in the heart of Santa Monica, where visitors can view the Pacific to the southwest and the Santa Monica Mountains to the north.
Sheraton Delfina’s deluxe ocean-view rooms feature furnished balconies that overlook the Pacific. The hotel's $11 million renovation in 2005 added textured leather headboards, marble baths, and nine-layer custom-designed beds.
Open daily for lunch and dinner, the Lobby Lounge serves organic veggie quesadillas, steak and truffle fries, and other California cuisine. For a cozier vibe, head upstairs to the i.café & Surf Bar, where the coffee starts brewing at 6:30 a.m. A popular spot for checking emails, the Internet bar also serves a breakfast of smoked Scottish salmon along with a full lunch and dinner menu.
Santa Monica, California: Laid-Back Beach Town with World-Class Shopping
Nestled on Santa Monica Bay and surrounded by Los Angeles on three sides, Santa Monica manages the unique role of both a coastal getaway and an urban center. The city was named one of the world’s Top 10 Beach Cities by National Geographic for its “broad, sandy beaches, a fresh ocean breeze, and progressive vibe.” Three miles from the hotel, street performers and graffiti art lines the oceanfront promenade at Venice Beach. For some of the best city views, bike or hike up Santa Monica's sandstone cliffs in Palisades Park.
Santa Monica is rife with well-known shopping destinations. Designed by architect Frank Gehry, the outdoor Santa Monica Place mall hosts high-end shops, rooftop dining, and minimalist forts made out of discarded receipts. A more low-key scene can be found at the Main Street district, where casual cafés and artisan gift shops create a neighborhood vibe.