I stayed here for a few days after a conference in vegas.
The hotel is beautifully designed in a style which is best described as modernist meets art deco. The rooms are relaxing, furnished to a high standard and mine (a standard) had an ocean view and massive bath.
There is also a private courtyard with heated pool and hot tub.
The staff are great, and although it's not cheap, relatively, its ok for santa monica.
All in all, this is probably the best hotel I've stayed in. Or rather it would be if it weren't for the clientele of the hotel's outstanding roof-top bar. The bar is befitting of a film and I would thoroughly recommend a look. However, we visited several times and it attracts spoilt American rich kids in their early 20s, who are, we discovered, some of the most vulgar and uncouth creatures imahinable. Behaviour included:
▪Excessive and (when is it not) unnecessary 'whooping'
▪Spitting competitions onto the street below/penthouse balcony below
▪Smashing my glass and not replacing
▪Having conversations on speaker phone for no reason other than showing off
▪just generally making me despise them.
Obviously this ruins the bar, but you can hear them from your room, especially when running up and down the stairs until 1.30am.
- 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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