We just spent the weekend at the Shangri La and could not be happier with the excellent location - gorgeous views of the ocean, walking access to beach, exercise paths, restaurants, and shops. Really couldn't have been better.
The room was very cool in that you had a separate living area with TV & table & completely separated bathroom from both the bedroom & living room. Funky decor but still comfortable.
While I thought the $33/night valet parking was ridiculous, I'm not from the area so maybe this is typical? While this was the only hotel parking option, you could self park at several garages nearby. The problem with that is that you have to pay every time you come & go. Although most of the garages allowed 2 free hours and there was metered street parking if you wanted to be out and about throughout the day.
My only real complaint is that the bedding was very uncomfortable. It seems that the hotel is extremely environmentally conscious (kudos) but these sheets felt like recycled paper -very hard/stiff. So much so that every time you moved it sounds like you were crumpling paper. I'd wake myself up every time I turned over and could hear my husband's every move, too. Not a restful sleep. Hopefully the hotel will take this into serious consideration as it would make a huge difference in their overall rating in my book.
The weather was terrible while we were there, but the pool/jacuzzi area has a very loungey feel of old Hollywood. Would've been fun to hang out there. I would say this is a hotel meant for couples or friends, not kids.
- 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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