My hub and I wanted a few days "away" for our anniversary. Shade was the perfect choice! We drove 40 minutes to get there, put the car in valet and didn't drive it again for 4 days. We walked or biked everywhere, and there was one taxi ride to Hermosa for a comedy show.
From the moment we arrived, Aubrey was our fantastic greeter and resource. She got us set up with reservations that night at The Shore House and recommended a few other spots for us. JP was another key player in making sure we were taken care of throughout our stay.
The proximity to all things fabulous make for a relaxed and easy stay. We even had hair appts around the corner at Bob Roy Salon (I got a blow-out with Susan and my hub got a great cut and beard clean up with Jessie), and I forgot a coupon that JP gave me, so i scooted back to our room and back to the salon in all of five minutes. awesome!
I ran on the beach path all three mornings (while my husband slept), and it was always beautiful, clean and friendly. What a great way to start the day!
Ok, let's talk about how completely great the rooms are at Shade. The lighting is fun and easy to access. The beds and the PILLOWS are a total dream! The bathtub is unbelievable! We used it every day, sometimes twice in a day....and we even bought the bathrobes. Nice mementos!
Great dinner at Patros, which is right next door....and around the corner at Cafe Pierre and brunch at MB Post.
The weather was in the low-mid 70's (so great for the "winter"), so we went to the roof but didn't quite feel it was warm enough to lay out. The view however was worth the daily visit.
Lastly, we got great service in the hotel from Gustavo (during our morning breakfasts) and from Elke (cars, bikes, taxi and directions).
We'll highly recommend Shade!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Shade, Manhattan Beach's premiere luxury boutique hotel, located 5.6 miles south of LAX and two blocks from the beach. Shade is a cool retreat after a long day at the office or a hot day at the beach, its exquisite environment is designed to maximize comfort and inspire relaxation while capturing the essence of coastal living. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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