Hampton Inn & Suites &
Courtyard by Marriott Santa Monica

The Hampton Inn & Suites Santa Monica (by Hilton) and the Courtyard by Marriott Santa Monica were planned and built by OTO Development as an integrated package. There are located across the street from each other. 

Sustainability is a political issue in Santa Monica. ZC helped negotiate the relevant Development Agreement requirements with city staff, including LEED Gold certification, a 30% overall water use reduction, 15% more efficient than required by the Title 24 energy standard, and rooftop photovoltaic systems. John Zinner, Zinner Consultants Principal, testified before both the Planning Commission and City Council. 

Both hotels earned the required LEED-NC Gold.

Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio was the design architect, Axis/GFA Architecture the architect of record. Brummitt Energy Associates did the energy modeling; EEI the commissioning.



The water efficiency strategy balanced the DA requirements, the hotel chains' design standards and ensuring a positive "guest experience.” The bathroom fixtures’ efficiency level had to far exceed both the Hilton and Marriott standards. If a guest is unhappy with the quality of the showers because the showerheads do not provide a sufficiently strong flow, they won’t come back and may well write a bad online review. Implementing these standards required careful coordination by ZC with OTO and the design and operations team. ZC recommended fixtures; the OTO Director of Development tested them to see if they met their standards in other hotels and his home – they did.

The water fixture performance specifications developed for these hotels became the standard for every Santa Monica project requiring a discretionary approval, and OTO, a national hotel developer, committed to using 1.0 GPF toilets and 1.75 GPM shower heads in all its new California hotel projects.


Other Hotel Projects

Kimpton La Peer Hotel, West Hollywood
AC Hotel South San Francisco
Hyatt Centric Mountain View
Hotel Indigo (part of Metropolis)
Park Hyatt (part of Oceanwide Plaza)