Shore Hotel Brings Sustainability to Santa Monica

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Santa Monica is about to get an eco-friendly hotel option for travelers who want a little sustainable design with their sun, surf and sand. Owned by the Farzam family and designed by architecture firm Gensler, the Shore Hotel is scheduled to begin accepting reservations for October. The 164-room property has been kitted out with shades of teal and orange (perhaps to evoke a Santa Monica sunset?).

The guestrooms also feature custom-made teak furniture, with a reception area that looks out onto to ocean. The building is configured around the pool and patio, creating a U-shaped structure under a steel-trestle roof. The main building also has a three-tier sky bridge to connect it to a second collection of rooms.

The hotel will include a fitness center, meeting spaces and two restaurants. The Farzam family is also seeking LEED Silver certification for its green design, including roof-mounted solar panels, occupancy sensor systems, high-efficiency boilers and burners, and a host of water-saving features.

Lobby chairs are upholstered with 100 percent pre-consumer recycled polyester, and carpets in the guest rooms are manufactured with a minimum of 25 percent recycled content. The hotel has also promised that green housekeeping policies will be put into place.

There is also free wifi and rooms start around $250 per night (in Santa Monica most hotels start around $400 so this is definitely a more affordable option).

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