We stayed at Hotel Shangri-La for one night during this past week, and we were very satisfied with the experience. Having read some of the negative reviews, I was a bit worried, especially since I had pre-paid through Jetsetter and was hoping to not have any hassles - but I had nothing to worry about.
The valet had our name as a confirmed guest when we rolled up, and parking was quick and friendly. The staff greeting us were friendly and efficient, and when we saw the housekeeping staff in the halls they were also exceptionally nice and professional. The bar next to the pool is a sweet little spot for relaxing outside under umbrellas, the rooftop bar was very mellow and nice (10:30 pm on a Tuesday) and we really enjoyed the breakfast and its views of the beach. We had a 1-bedroom suite with a partial open view, and the room was nice with a very big bathroom and tub. The air conditioning was ice cold - good since it was a hot day. There was a nice spot in the room to sit where you could indeed take in the ocean view. No problems with the free wi-fi connection.
There's a running trail along the water that is easy to access just outside the door, and of course many bars and restaurants and shops of Santa Monica are an easy walk.
In my experience, staying in Santa Monica a couple times a year, some of the things that may be difficult for other guests here are just common to Santa Monica - valet parking is $34 and there are no other parking options, like everywhere with beach views in SM, and the rooms in Santa Monica are pretty expensive compared to most other parts of L.A. so the price can seem pretty steep if you feel strongly about getting a bargain. Rooms in Santa Monica are typically small, so I find it is worth paying more for a larger room if we are spending any time lounging or working in the room.
Overall I'd definitely stay here again - might even pay a little extra for a full ocean view!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Shangri La Santa Monica