Regent brand sets Americas flagship opening for summer

The Regent Santa Monica (Calif.) Beach is set to debut this summer as Regent’s flagship property in the Americas. The property will be the first destination in the Americas for the reimagined Regent Hotels & Resorts brand, part of IHG Hotels & Resorts’ luxury and lifestyle portfolio, and is a conversion of the former Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel.

The project, with a budget exceeding $150 million, was designed by a number of firms including AvroKO and Wimberly Interiors and is a partnership between Andre Zotoff, CEO of ownership group Strategic Hotels & Resorts—which has owned the property for more than 20 years—and Regent Hotels & Resorts. 

The property will have 24 suites and 143 guestrooms that start at 720 square feet. Bathrooms will have soaking bathtubs, rainfall showers, bidets and double vanities. The second and third floors will have the 2,180-square-feet, two-story Atrium Suites while the eighth floor will have The Santa Monica Presidential Suite with a game room, separate living room and four Juliet Balconies. 

The resort will have a beachfront pool deck and a 10,000-square-foot wellness spa destination in collaboration with Guerlain. 


The signature restaurant, Orla, is a new concept in partnership with James Beard award-winning chef Michael Mina. The resort also will partner with celebrity entrepreneur and philanthropist Ayesha Curry and her lifestyle brand Sweet July, presenting bespoke products produced by Black-owned and women-owned brands. Sweet July will have a menu inspired by Curry’s Jamaica roots, which will include café staples like coffee, tea, pastries and desserts.

While Curry has collaborated with Mina in the past, this will be her first collaboration with a resort and their first restaurant concept together for Curry’s Sweet July brand.