My partner, his 3-year old son and I enjoyed a long-term stay at Shade. We were treated like family by the best staff we have ever had the pleasure to know. We needed a place to call home for several months and Shade was, hands-down, the best and only choice. During our stay, we stayed in a variety of rooms from the standard room to the suite to the penthouse and all of them were beautiful, and spared no attention to detail. The Chromatherapy jacuzzi tub was a family favorite as well as the very comfortable California King Tempurpedic bed. We had a long wish list of things to do, attractions to see, places to visit and the very knowledgeable staff helped us coordinate and execute many of our adventures to Santa Barbara, San Diego, Mammoth and various locations in the greater Los Angeles area. The valet staff were always there to greet us or send us off with a smile and transportation provided by their town car driver enhanced all of our experiences when we chose to ride. From cocktails on the Skydeck with out-of-town girlfriends to romantic dinners in Zinc lounge to relaxing family time on the patio, we were able to experience all of the many environments and meet most of the staff working their various shifts. Their relaxed vibe and easy-going attitude made each meal, drink or pass through the lobby a pleasant occasion. We were very appreciative of the staff's enthusiastic reception of a toddler in their midst and their ability to make him feel at home. We took advantage of all of the goodies available at Shade too - long bike rides along the ocean on their beach cruisers, hitting the beach with their beach totes and towels, shopping for fresh produce at the weekly farmer's market, not to mention the stone's throw access to Manhattan Beach's amazing selection of boutiques and great neighboring restaurants. We celebrated several special occasions at Shade including Valentine's Day and three birthdays and hosted many out-of-town guests. I am sure we managed to try just about everything on the menu and room service menu and we were very happy with the quality and taste of the food. I cannot say enough about the staff, especially the breakfast crew who greeted us with a friendly and happy smile and set the tone for our day. They are like family to us now. We enthusiastically recommend this hotel. Quite simply, Shade exceeded all of our expectations.