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“Sleek Boutique blocks from beach”
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Shade Hotel
Ranked #3 of 9 Hotels in Manhattan Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Fairfield, Connecticut
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83 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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“Sleek Boutique blocks from beach”
Reviewed 13 February 2014 via mobile

We stayed here for 1 night during layover and could not have been treated better. Breakfast included was perfect to start day; beds were wonderful; shower great. We had hours to kill before flight and easily walked the few blocks to the Strand to walk along the beach of this beautiful town. The hotel was amazingly accommodating, allowing us to store our luggage, use a room to shower after our checkout, linger in the very comfortable lounge area... Special shout out to Christina who was extremely helpful.

  • Stayed February 2014
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Shaunna M, General Manager at Shade Hotel, responded to this review, 8 March 2014
Thank you for your review! We are so happy to hear that you had an enjoyable layover and were able to utilize the wonderful amenities our hotel has to offer, as well as the rest of our wonderful seaside city! We have had fabulous weather here in Southern California and love when our guests from out of town are able to enjoy it! We hope to have you back again!
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Laguna Beach, California
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Reviewed 11 February 2014

My boyfriend surprised me with an overnight stay at the Shade Hotel and I have to say from the moment we stepped into the lobby until our departure we were catered to as if we were celebrities. The entire staff was so amenable, but in particular Aubry made sure my romantic surprise night was going to be special. The room was perfect with several extra touches and she provided expert knowledge of the area for live music and adventurous outings. The breakfast is sinful and the close proximity to the beach and boardwalk are priceless.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Shaunna M, General Manager at Shade Hotel, responded to this review, 22 February 2014
We are so happy you and your boyfriend had a wonderfully relaxing and romantic stay with us. We love when our guests feel like Shade is a home away from home and it is a pleasure to be a part of surprises such as your boyfriend’s surprise to you! It sounds like you took full advantage of our wonderful location as well as our complimentary Beach Breakfast buffet. We hope to have you both back very soon!
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Berkeley, California
1 review
Reviewed 6 February 2014

Visited Shade last month and had a wonderful stay. The entire staff was amazingly gracious and accommodating. The front desk staff was also incredibly helpful with any need that I had. The furnishings and the rooms were gorgeous and well taken care of as well. It is a great hotel with a great location just blocks from the beach. I would highly recommend it!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled on business
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Shaunna M, General Manager at Shade Hotel, responded to this review, 22 February 2014
Dear Geoffrey,

We are so happy you had an enjoyable stay with us. It is wonderful to hear our staff was so accommodating and made your stay as comfortable as possible. As you mentioned, we are just blocks from the beach, making Shade a truly unique luxury boutique hotel. We appreciate the recommendation and can't wait to see you again!
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Reviewed 5 February 2014

For those of you visiting LA for business or fun, you have to stay @ Shade Hotel. Once you stay at Shade, you definitely won't want to stay anywhere else. I've stayed here ~ 40 nights over the last few years.

Here's why I keep returning and why you will too:

Rooms: Beautiful rooms with the most comfortable beds (Tempur-pedic) you could find. The rooms are quiet as well. For those of you who like the sound of the ocean, you can faintly hear the waves hitting the beach if you're on the ocean side of the hotel. No matter the room, I sleep better here than I do at home.

Location: You're in the heart of Manhattan Beach. 20 hopping restaurants within a 1/2 mile to include Shade's own Zinc Bar and Restaurant.

Shade is also a 5 minute walk to the beach and Manhattan Beach pier. In my view, there's no better prep for a busy workday then going for a quick run down by the ocean. Also, the hotel has bikes to use if you'd rather ride your bike along the beach.

And for you business folks who optimize for commute time, Shade is 15-20 minutes from LAX and an easy drive to West LA or Orange County.

People: I'm saving the best for last here. The people at Shade are so nice, friendly and welcoming. As I mentioned earlier, I travel a lot (am on the road for business over 150 nights a year), and the staff at Shade are by far my favorite. Aubry is awesome! She is always so helpful and responsive and always seems genuinely happy to help the guests @ Shade. Everyone on the staff have that same great attitude.

Can't say enough good about Shade. So go try it yourself.

  • Stayed January 2014
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Shaunna M, General Manager at Shade Hotel, responded to this review, 6 February 2014
Thank you for your glowing review of our hotel! We love having our frequent guests back time and time again and it is so great you have stayed here so many nights over the past few years. It sounds like you had an all-around perfect experience—from our beautiful location to our friendly staff and comfortable rooms. We look forward to seeing you again in the near future and as always we look forward to making your next stay even more enjoyable than your last!
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Lake Forest, California
1 review
Reviewed 4 February 2014

my wife surprised me with an overnight stay at your amazing hotel! It started the minute we walked through the door and were greeted by probably the nicest young woman I have ever dealt with in a professional setting. She introduced herself immediately (Aubrey) and offered us a glass of champagne....AMAZING! She somehow knew it was my Birthday, which made me feel so special and welcomed. She then walked us and our bags to the room and explained all the fabulous amenities! Mood lighting.....fireplace.....spa tub...tempur-pedic mattress, and a custom pillow library....I mean, I could go on forever. We then had the pleasure of meeting the head Chef and enjoyed an off the menu meal that I still talk about. I hope my wife thinks I am worthy of another visit this year, but I am already planning to treat her for her birthday.
Thank you for reminding us what a luxury hotel really feels like!!

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Shaunna M, General Manager at Shade Hotel, responded to this review, 6 February 2014
Dear Steve,
It sounds like you had a fabulous birthday stay with us! Our rooms do have many fabulous amenities and it is great that you loved utilizing them all. We here at Shade love to create special experiences for all of our guests and it is wonderful that meeting Chef Chris and creating an off the menu meal was such a fabulous experience for you! Our Chef is amazing and we are so lucky to have him as part of our team. We cannot wait to have you back for both you and your wife’s birthdays!
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Stratford upon Avon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 February 2014 via mobile

We booked Shade because of the number of positive reviews as we had never visited the

The hotel is situated a few blocks back from the beach and only 10 minutes from the airport and 40 minutes (with traffic) from downtown LA, Hollywood etc.

It is a small, intimate hotel with fantastic service. The rooms are well fitted out and include hot tub, coffee machine and a feature is a gas fire in a glass tube! Nothing was too much trouble, we ate at a number of good local restaurants but agreed that Shade had the best food and service. (Lunch on the roof pool area was my favourite!)

Manhattan Beach is a lovely quiet area - an oasis from the bustle of LA and we used the complimentary bikes to explore the area which is a great way to get to the neighbouring towns along the beach cycle path.

We have already decided to return to Shade for and extended break and this time with our 4 year old daughter later this year!

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Shaunna M, General Manager at Shade Hotel, responded to this review, 6 February 2014
Thank you so much for your kind review. We are thrilled to hear how much you loved the food and atmosphere here at Shade! Your description of Manhattan Beach is so true—“an oasis from the bustle of LA” and we are happy to hear you explored the area on our complimentary beach bikes. It is so exciting that you have decided to come stay with us again later this year and we look forward to seeing you. We hope your daughter has a wonderful time, as well!
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Napa, California
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Reviewed 27 January 2014

A hidden little Gem! Looking forward to staying here again. Excellent customer service and the coolest lounge area. Lighting and rooms-very romantic! Great music at night and offers a wonderful breakfast spread in the A.M. Two thumbs up in my book!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled on business
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Shaunna M, General Manager at Shade Hotel, responded to this review, 6 February 2014
We are so happy you can call us a “hidden little gem!" and we couldn't agree more! As a luxury boutique hotel, we pride ourselves on exceptional customer service. It is wonderful that you enjoyed everything from our room ambiance to our evening music and morning beach breakfast buffet! It was a pleasure having you and we can not wait to see you again. Thank you!
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Property: Shade Hotel
Address: 1221 N Valley Dr, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-4778
Region: United States > California > Manhattan Beach
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Manhattan Beach
#1 Romantic Hotel in Manhattan Beach
#1 Family Hotel in Manhattan Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — Shade Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Shade, Manhattan Beach's premiere luxury boutique hotel, located 5.6 miles south of LAX and two blocks from the beach. Shade is a cool retreat after a long day at the office or a hot day at the beach, its exquisite environment is designed to maximize comfort and inspire relaxation while capturing the essence of coastal living. ... more   less 
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