We spent 5 days at the Shangrila in July as part of a wider trip to California. The room was spacious, with an enormous bathroom. We had two showers and a huge bathtub. We also had a great view of Santa Monica beach despite booking the cheapest of rooms. The location of this hotel is perfect, within very easy walking distance of the pier, beach and 3rd st promenade. It is also within easy driving/taxi distance of Malibu and Hollywood. The hotel is very modern with a nod to its original heritage, which makes it feel like an authentic place to stay and the staff are helpful and polite. The happy hour (5-7) in the rooftop is excellent but very popular due to the $5 beers and wine and amazing view of the pier. Get here early to secure a seat in the more sheltered area as it can be pretty windy up on the roof! Valet parking is pretty expensive but they are very quick at retrieving your car. Overall, we would definitely stay here again and it was the perfect way to start our vacation!
- 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