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“It's Art Deco, so it's going to be different!” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Shangri-La Santa Monica
4.0 of 5 Boutique Hotel   |   1301 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401   |  
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Ranked #17 of 34 hotels in Santa Monica
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“It's Art Deco, so it's going to be different!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

Overall a good hotel in a great location and we would revisit, but ... We arrived after dark by road from the south east side and there didn't appear to be any hotel signage. We missed the hotel and the car park. Signage to the car park could also be improved. $34 a day for insecure parking is a bit much.
Both of the valet drivers were friendly, fast and very efficient. Accessing reception through the front steps is impossible in a wheelchair and difficult with heavy luggage. There is a side ramp but I didn't notice any directional signage. Reception was friendly, fast and efficient. We were upgraded to the "production room" which was good. The rooms are smallish and the showers, lighting, and bathroom screens are all a little strange as reported by others on Trip Advisor. Everything was spotlessly clean but we did miss the coffee maker in the room. The roof top bar was very busy and the bar staff up there need to realise who pays their wages. They were not very friendly which is a shame because the roof top at sunset is not to be missed. The pool and hot tub looked good and there were plenty of loungers available. There is also a pool side bar.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Matthew M, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Shangri-La Santa Monica, responded to this review, May 15, 2013
Thank you Gasimen for your review!

We are happy you enjoyed your stay with us. I will share your comments with the management of Suite 700, our rooftop lounge.

We look forward to welcoming you back the next time you are in beautiful Santa Monica!

Sincerely,
Matthew
Director of Operations
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  • Sleep Quality
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

We really enjoyed our stay at the shangri-la, but I can see where others are coming from who did not score this hotel as favorably.

The good -
1. Exceptional staff at the front desk (particularly Kimberley who made our stay amazing by instantly upgrading us as it was our honeymoon)
2. Location is right on ocean avenue and Arizona. Can't get better really!
3. The view - we were facing the ocean and loved waking up to the surf each day
4. The water pressure is AMAZING! I have very long thick blonde hair and getting conditioner out properly without good water pressure can take forever. No such dramas here!

The not-as-good -
1. Yes, the bathrooms can be a little awkward with very high edge baths. Having said that, there is a little slip proof step you can use if you need it (my hubby and I are both tall anyway, so this wasn't an issue for us)
2. Yes, the reception area is somewhat small with no driveway, and I can imagine on a busy day could get quite cramped and awkward. We didn't experience any Issues though and were checked in
straight away.

We didn't eat at the restaurant or bar, as there are so many amazing options within a minutes walk that we wanted to try, but the roof bar did seem very popular!

All in all, we really enjoyed our stay and would visit again.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Matthew M, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Shangri-La Santa Monica, responded to this review, May 15, 2013
Hello Amanda C

Thank you for staying with us and for your review. We are happy you enjoyed the hotel and beautiful Santa Monica!

We look forward to welcoming you back soon,
Matthew
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

We stayed the end of March, perfect location to the beach, shopping and restaurants.
The hotel is very clean and updated, the only issue was the smaller rooms but you get that from renovating an older hotel. The staff was very helpful and friendly. I would return.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Matthew M, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Shangri-La Santa Monica, responded to this review, May 15, 2013
Hello Birdy66

Thank you for staying with us! We are happy you enjoyed your time at the Hotel Shangrila.

We look forward to welcoming you back very soon,
Matthew
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

We read a number of reviews of this hotel and decided to take our chances, even though the reviews here are quite mixed. Our experience was also mixed.

This hotel is an Art Deco gem, but our oceanview deluxe room was way too small - probably around 200sq ft. and very cramped. Only about six inches or so between the end of the bed and the set of drawers. We really didn't like the glass-walled bathroom, you had to close the shower curtain for privacy and you could still see through to the toilet if you walked by - not much privacy. The shower was a real pain, the temperature kept fluctuating and the water was much too hot at times.

There was a strange and over-complicated room lighting control panel in the closet, which was very dark - really hard to see when programming it! There is really no need for that level of control in such a small space.

There was no tea/coffee making facility in the room - very unusual. We were disappointed there were no iron and ironing board or robes, for the room rate we expected all those things.

The staff were great, though those in the rooftop bar area were far less hospitable.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Matthew M, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Shangri-La Santa Monica, responded to this review, May 15, 2013
Hello ednacloud

Thank you for taking the time to share your comments regarding your stay with us. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

On your next stay, you may want to reserve one of our luxury suites. They are much larger, many with gourmet kitchens and direct ocean views!

Until then, safe travels!

Sincerely,
Matthew
Director of Operations
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

The Shangri-La is a great hotel, with a beautiful view of Santa Monica beach. I really wanted to give this hotel 5 stars, but there were a couple of issues:
- the rooms are noisy, not necessarily from the road but from the lift, pool, internal stairs...people who go to the rooftop bar don't give a lot of consideration to the guests trying to sleep
- the shower is awkward to get in and out of, and the water temperature fluctuates every 30 seconds
- the on-site restaurant is just OK, and a little pricey for what you get
If you stay here, get an ocean view room - it is lovely to wake up and look at the ocean. The hotel is very close to the 3rd street promenade, and the farmer's market on Wednesdays and Saturdays is very handy.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Matthew M, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Shangri-La Santa Monica, responded to this review, May 15, 2013
Hello Luckyblue__7

Thank you for staying with us recently. And thank you for taking the time to write comments about your stay.

We are happy you enjoyed the location of the hotel and the ocean views. We regret the noise you experienced and appreciate you bringing this to our attention.

We hope to welcome you back very soon!

Matthew
Director of Operations
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

We had the pleasure of staying at this beautiful art deco hotel for 3 nights. It is situated in a perfect position on Ocean ave. iIt is 5 minutes walk to Santa Monica pier and 2 minutes to the great shopping.
The rooms are beautifully decorated art deco style and the bed is extremely comfortable.
The staff are very friendly and helpful.
We also ate at the restaurant and the food was sensational.
I will definitely stay at this hotel when i next visit Santa Monica

Room Tip: We booked a deluxe room with ocean view
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Matthew M, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Shangri-La Santa Monica, responded to this review, May 15, 2013
Hello Diane D

Thank you for your kind review. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

Sincerely,
Matthew
Director of Operations
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

We spent 2 nights at the Shangri La and loved it. The minute you open the doors into the reception, the smell of the hotel invites you- I don't know what they use but it is lovely.The beds and pillows were divine and the room well appointed and clean. The Hotel is in a great spot; across from the water and around the corner from the shopping district.
Also located a few doors down is an excellent restaurant called Tender Greens; if you want fresh and healthy meals then make sure you don't miss this restaurant- we loved it.
If you are considering staying at Shangri La Santa Monica, don't get your travel agent to arrange a transfer; the hotel has an excellent transfer service. This service is operated by a guy called Chokri and he provides a professional and friendly service in beautifully maintained vehicles and substantially cheaper than the competitor.
We will definitely be coming back to this hotel

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Matthew M, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Shangri-La Santa Monica, responded to this review, May 15, 2013
Hello Belsie17

Thank you for your comments! We are happy you enjoyed your stay. We will share your kind words with our hotel driver Chokri!

We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Matthew
Director of Operations
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Address: 1301 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Location: United States > California > Santa Monica
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Family Hotel in Santa Monica
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Monica
#11 Luxury Hotel in Santa Monica
#14 Romantic Hotel in Santa Monica
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Shangri-La Santa Monica 4*
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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