Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Shore Hotel Welcomes Arts Lovers with its “Stay & Stage” Package

Shore Hotel Welcomes Arts Lovers with its “Stay & Stage” Package
by Kat Thomas, Edible Skinny

I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.”
--Oscar Wilde

Last weekend Edible Skinny was lucky enough to check out the “Stay & Stage” Package at Shore Hotel in Santa Monica, CA in partnership with The Broad Stage. This Package, which welcomes performing arts lovers to Santa Monica is in celebration of The Broad Stage’s 10th season, included a one night stay at Shore Hotel, two tickets to the critically-acclaimed play Small Mouth Sounds at The Broad Stage, a Wine and Cheese plate, and early hotel check-in (when available). The “Stay & Stage” Package is available for stays September 1, 2017 through April 30, 2018.

Shore Hotel is the perfect one two punch of cat-like sleekness meeting sustainability. The family owned boutique hotel opened in October 2011 offering Eco-friendly accommodations with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. It is a LEED Gold (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified property, the only property in the city of Santa Monica with this elite do-gooder status.

The highly-awarded Shore Hotel received two distinct honors in 2105: the prestigious Sustainable Quality Awards (SQA) Grand Prize and the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) Los Angeles Best Green Hotel Award. Guests of Shore Hotel enjoy non-toxic, naturally-daylit and ventilated rooms that feature Eco-friendly furnishings and finishes. Other environmentally friendly initiatives include Shore Hotel's swimming pool being heated by solar energy and water-wise landscaping and water-efficient fixtures reducing potable water by 50%.

The AAA Four Diamond property boasts an open-air, U-shaped design with stainless steel-clad trellis, outdoor “living room,” with pool, water feature, and guest only patio dining. Amenities on property include a fitness center, a business center, a four-level underground parking lot.

Good hotels are the result of a two part action plan: get the basics right and pepper it with some fun details. The basics: anticipate the needs of your guests. Have a spectacular view (check to that... Hello Ocean Avenue!), a lobby the just knows it's cool (check), sleek meets sustainable rooms (check again), and have a decent working gym (a necessary in Los Angles...).

The fun details: our King Ocean View Room
included monogrammed Shore Hotel wallpaper (how cute!). Along with Shore Hotel well known outdoor “living room” which includes a pool and bar, there's also the less known secret garden patio nestled inside which is perfect for sustainable snuggling. Along with the wine and cheese plate included in the “Stay & Stage” Package, I delighted in the complimentary coffee in the lobby that was actually decent (believe me considering the amount of hotels and motels I've stayed at in the last few years, I've become quite the expert on “lobby coffee...”

While working out at that previously mentioned gym, I ran into two different cast members (Brenna Palughi and Edward Chin-Lyn) from Small Mouth Sounds, the show I had experienced the night before at The Broad Stage. Small Mouth Sounds is a sharp look at mindfulness and the wellness industry. On a week-long silent retreat in the woods, six runaways from city life embark on a quest to confront their inner demons. Under the eye of an unseen guru, they learn that silence can indeed be golden. It can also be funny, frustrating, erotic, comforting, and profoundly passive-aggressive as they avoid and embrace the achingly human need to connection. Small Mouth Sounds is a play of awkward silences, sometimes funny, sometimes painful, resulting in a play that's painfully funny.

This national touring Small Mouth Sounds (before The Broad they were in New Haven and San Fran) was a 2016 Critics’ Pick (The New York Times, New York Magazine, Time Out New York). It was written by Drama Desk Award winner Bess Wohl and directed by Obie Award winner Rachel Chavkin. FYI: the production contains male nudity of a non-sexual nature so be prepared to leave the kids at home... Hey, it's class, it's art! ;-)

The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center opened its doors in October 2008. Boasting one of the city's largest proscenium stages, the space is sublimely intimate with just over 500 seats, yet strikingly grand. The Broad Stage offers theatre, dance, film, opera, jazz, world music, musicals, symphony and chamber orchestras, family programming and more.

For those interested in book the “Stay & Stage” Package reservations are required and can be made online using booking code ‘CULTURE’ at checkout. Rates start at $349 per night and are based upon availability.

Kat Thomas is the Editor in Chief of Edible Skinny, a site dedicated to making your life postcard worthy. She is also the CEO of the creative media company This Way Adventures. You can find more about both brands at

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