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Room(s) With A View, Santa Monica, CA

The Penthouse, a new restaurant and lounge opening on Monday at the revamped Huntley Santa Monica Beach, is the latest effort to turn the hotel in Santa Monica, Calif., formerly a Radisson, into a hot spot. Two blocks from the beach, the space was designed by Thomas Schoos, above, who is responsible for the interiors of the popular Los Angeles restaurants Koi and Table 8.

The Penthouse, with a shimmering wall of Capiz shells, a glass fireplace and curtained cabanas for privacy, above, was designed to appeal to bright young things, Mr. Schoos said. But the best feature predates the designer’s hand: a jaw-dropping view of the Pacific coastline. “It’s like being on the beach, minus the sand,” he said.

Huntley Santa Monica Beach, 1111 Second Street, Santa Monica, (310) 394-5454.

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