Santa Monica Proper introduces a looser kind of luxury to Santa Monica. Here, along sun-drenched Wilshire Boulevard, within walking distance to the beach, each of the 271 rooms, suites and spaces successfully optimize the city’s abundant ocean breezes and natural light, while the interior design finds inspiration in the organic tones and textures of the local coastline. Santa Monica Proper beckons guests with the only rooftop pool deck on the Westside, a one-of-a-kind setting that includes a Balearic restaurant, bar, and cabanas, where guests are front-row for sunsets over the Pacific; meanwhile, the landmark restaurant, Onda (opening October), marks an iconic collaboration between James Beard award-winning chefs Jessica Koslow and Gabriela Camara. With an emphasis on Eastern inspired wellness , the hotel’s Surya Spa (opening this winter), presided over by internationally renowned Ayurvedic guru Martha Soffer, offers custom-designed programs supporting physical, mental and spiritual health. Santa Monica Proper offers a true local experience in the heart of the city, walking distance from the beach, boutique shopping, health-conscious cafes, the world-class farmers market, and indulgent fine dining. Anything less just wouldn’t be Proper.
The 271 rooms and suites of Santa Monica Proper reflect the local history and landscape with original design by Kelly Wearstler. Meeting the needs of the modern luxury traveler, each room is well-appointed with specially designed furniture and signature Proper beds dressed with Bellino and Fili D’oro linens. All rooms feature premium WiFi, Apple TV and bedside controls to adjust blackout shades and lighting. In addition to curved floor-to-ceiling windows, balconies and garden terraces offer plenty of natural California light.
Proper’s signature restaurant, Onda, (opening in October) marks a global collaboration with Jessica Koslow (Sqirl) and Gabriela Camara (Contramar, Cala). These award-winning, tastemaker chefs draw from California and Mexican flavors, techniques and ingredients in the open kitchen, at the bar, and on the table. The art-filled lobby lounge, Palma, is an intriguing setting for all-day dining or light bites, a deep dive on small-batch mezcals, and boutique wines by the glass. And on the rooftop, Calabra, the indoor-outdoor bistro and beach-inspired lounge/bar pairs ocean views with Mediterranean and California cuisine by Executive Chef Kaleo Adams.
A Proper amenity encourages wellness, satisfies cravings, or is simply on hand to please: A rooftop swim and ocean-view cocktails by the bar. Boards and bikes at the ready for a surf or ride on the beach path. Ayurvedic spa treatments at Surya Spa (opening this winter). Yoga on the 2nd floor terrace. A state-of-the-art fitness center. A lobby lounge that’s more like a living room. Anything less just wouldn’t be proper.
Proper began as a feeling, not as an idea. The feeling was something akin to empathy; an acute awareness that despite the current proliferation of “boutique” and “lifestyle” hotels and residences, there were precious few properties designed for and around today’s global creative nomad. Many in our milieu share the same daunting challenge: staying fresh and focused, energized and inspired—all whilst bouncing between London and Hollywood and Austin and San Francisco and Portland and back again. For them, intuitive service is a given. Mere table stakes. What they need and seek beyond accommodation, even at its most luxurious, is an inspiration. From the elevated and often surprising interiors imagined by Kelly Wearstler. From the sense of immersion in, and connection to, the vibrancy of the local culture. From the highly curated amenities. From the inspired collaborations with the city’s best and most innovative chefs and mixologists. From music and art. From every detail, every interaction, every moment. This is only Proper. And no one else.