On Ocean Avenue, the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel is an obvious example of luxury. The enormous building and cathedral-like glass are inviting. In the main lobby, planted palm trees line the walkway, leading to the great window tower. You will pass the concierge, front desk and a very cushy full bar along the carpeted aisle. Ocean and Avenue is Loews' new Japanese cuisine restaurant. It is in the rear of the lobby. Just outside is the pool area, where guests may order drinks and restaurant menu items as patrons take a dip.