I was in Santa Monica for a week on business. The Hotel Shangri-La in Santa Monica was found to be a great value and great stay. This classic art deco hotel has been maintained beautifully and had everything I needed for a comfortable stay. My room overlooked Arizona Avenue and lead to a great view of the sunset through my window on arrival night. My doorway opened to the interior balcony/walkway that overlooked the pool and spa area. It was very relaxing. Housekeeping kept the place spotless. The staff at the front of the hotel were extremely helpful in my business needs scanning a document I needed. They also made sure the basics were taken care of by having coffee in the lobby and someone friendly to greet us each time we entered or exited the building. Being on Ocean Avenue allowed to be extremely close to some great dining options and also just across the street from Palisades Park and just behind that is the Santa Monica pier and beach. A simple 5 minute walk. The doors to the rooms open to the outside, not an interior hallway, so if that is an issue with you, just be noted that is how the hotel is set up. I had no problem with this at all and would return to this hotel at any chance I got. On Wednesdays, a farmers' market sets up only about a half block away and the shopping district is only 2 blocks away. This is a great hotel with a great location. I used a taxi or uber service for transportation, so I cannot speak on parking, but there was a monitored lot right next to the hotel.
- 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