We checked into the Shangri-La in Santa Monica without any expectations. The lobby is stylish and low-key. Front desk personnel are fantastic - quick and efficient checkin, plus help with bags and all questions answered. Room on 2nd floor overlooked the pool. the windows are single pane and i wondered about noise - but the room was very quiet. The bed and linens were excellent, and they furnished a clock radio with instructions how to use the alarm -a nice touch. Plenty of space to do work. Wifi worked fine - but i didn't notice a secure WIFI network with a password (not sure if this exists). Got a chance to visit the rooftop bar - superb place to view sunsets over cocktails. The pool area had a bar, lounge area, and pool/hottub - clean and easy to access. The staff at all of the bars is uniformly excellent. They provided friendly service and were accessible at a moment's notice. Room was clean clean. Bath tub was large but had a high step - not something you'd want to navigate if you fear falling - ask for a stall shower if that's a concern.
The hotel is quite close to the Santa Monica Pier (500 Yards) and the boardwalk (walk down the stairs located directly across the street).
As one final recommendation - one of the front desk personnel (Chokrit was his name) lent me his personal cell-phone charger to use because i forgot mine. This is the kind of service that sets it apart.
Highly recommended for business or pleasure.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Overlooking the Pacific since 1939, Hotel Shangri-La is a dramatic beacon of Art Deco beauty, Hollywood allure, and Los Angeles history. Perched on a high bluff, mere steps from the beach, this timeless Santa Monica boutique hotel has undergone a meticulous $30 million redesign -- promising you an idyllic haven of rejuvenation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Shangri La Santa Monica