While strolling down 2nd Street in Santa Monica, the last thing you would expect to stumble upon is an urban oasis with a Southern California address. Well one does exist in this beachy city.
Located 2 blocks from Santa Monica beach sits the Huntley Hotel. This hotel gives you the best of both worlds. For you city folk, rest assured…you’ll experience that urban vibe that you mostly find in the big cities. For you beach-goers, you’ll feel the tranquility of a beachside retreat. The Huntley brings both together for an experience like no other. I guess you could call it modern beachside glamour meets casual urban chic. How whimsical!
The glamour doesn’t end there. I suggest traveling up 18 stories to The Penthouse; where the excitement really begins. Offering stunning panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, Malibu Beach, the mountains, and even the lights of Hollywood, you really don’t need to travel anywhere else. Blue skies, white tides, mountain tops, and priceless sunsets are at the core of it all.
The ultra chic decor is also another draw to this swank lounge. Not to mention, The Penthouse earned Top Decor honors from Zagat. Not too shabby. The 19 foot circular bar serves as the centerpiece of the room, surrounded by six cabanas and an abundance of white furnishings. The bold accents splashed around the restaurant really add to the contemporary feel of the space.
In addition to all of these amazing features, the cocktails really top it all off.
One of the cocktails created by their top mixologists is the ‘Bubbles & Kiwi‘ martini. Consisting of muddled kiwis, Plymouth gin, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, lemon juice, and a dry burst of Perrier Jouet Brut champagne, this cocktail is really something else! Following each sip, is a kick of the champagne, which really calms the drink down and makes for a tasty, kiwi flavored drink.
For more information on the St. Germain elderflower liqueur that is in this cocktail, check out ‘Bubbles & Kiwi’ as the ‘Drink of the Week.’
Another one of their delicious cocktails is the ‘Thyme and Cucumber Amnesia‘. This cool and refreshing drink consists of muddled cucumbers and thyme, Aviation gin, cranberry juice, and fresh lime juice. Tastes just like a cucumber! Try hard not to have one too many of these and forget where you are; don’t let the amnesia kick in. It’s hard to stop at only one, but there is such a variety of cocktails, that you will love ALL of them.
Whether you stop by for an afternoon cocktail, or experience the glitzy LA scene in the evening, you won’t be disappointed.
The Penthouse, inside The Huntley Hotel, 1111 2nd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90403