The Shangri-La is a wonderful example of an Art Deco SoCal Hotel from the pre-war years that would be at home in an F. Scott Fitzgerald or Agatha Christie period novel.
While acknowledging some of the Hotel's pitfalls as mentioned by other reviewers (Bath is really high and room decor is a bit Spartan) it really is an enjoyable place to stay.
Bear in mind this is a registered historic building and the remodel was constrained by many exterior and some interior code limitations.
The staff including the Valet, Front Desk, Concierge, Restaurant, Room Service, Cleaning and the Maintenance Staff all were top notch. Very helpful and cheerful about it!
The food available poolside and in the restaurant is more than passable.
The room lighting and furnishing is a bit quirky but we sprang for a balcony room and the time spent outside more than made up for it.
The room set up does slant toward the younger and the young at heart set particularly the bathroom with tinted "just dark enough" glass door.
The in room kitchen is well appointed with modern and very usable appliances and the bed and linens were superb. We nearly slept all day.
In room wireless connection was speedy and flawless allowing me to get work done while enjoying the view.
Another plus for the Shangri-La is its location within close walking distance to the beach and an easy walk to the best part of downtown Santa Monica and all its amenities.
Anywhere else this would be a four star – the location and staff made it a five for us.
As for the price of the room - we felt it was in line for the oceanfront location and the great service. One can spend as much in other well-known Los Angeles spots and get less.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Shangri La Santa Monica
- 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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