There is no mistaking that the Shangri-La has had the most amazing face lift and interior re-furb after a recent $30million was spent on it. The staff are friendly and smart in appearence and the rooms are finished to a very high standard with an amazing deep circular bath (big enough for 2).
The beach is just over the road and all the main attractions such as the peir, 3rd street and the shops are in easy walking distance.
Ok here is where the Shangri-La lts itself down big style! THE NOISE!
when we arrived there was already a pool party in swing with loud music and people screaming and shouting, hey fair enough its a party right! we are both in our mid-20's and like a party, however! this party went on into the early hours of the morning and here is the other big down side to the Shangri-La, the windows to the rear of your hotel room are single pane and face the internal area of the hotel (the pool area). The speakers in the pool area face the hotel itself so you basically here everything! !
To be honnest, I have stayed in a more peaceful youth hostels on my travels and for the money you pay here per night , you at least expect a relaxing quiet night sleep, not a 2 star experience which you would find in an 18-30's hotel in San Antonio Ibiza! when we complained to the staff about the noise they told us its whats called a "life style hotel" I gather that means if you like loud noise in your life then this is the place for you. But hey why not reflect it in your very expensive prices guys.
We booked this hotel for a quality relaxing end to our tour round California and we were very sadly disappointed. SHAME ON YOU SHANGRI-LA!
We would not risk staying here again, but would like to mention once again that the hotel has had a fantstic re-furb and looks great on the outside and inside.
The choice is yours...you have now been warned.
- 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:
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