I stayed in the RNR suite, or the "Rock N' Roll" room on the penthouse floor. To start, overnight parking is $33, and my room wasn't ready at check-in time, I had to wait an hour in the bar. The photos on the website were really misleading-- the room is quite small and oddly shaped (like a C), especially for the price. It's right next to the elevator and across the hall from the bar so it's really noisy. I was trying to sleep at 1:30 AM WITH earplugs in and I could still hear the music thumping from across the hall. Maybe they expect that people who stay here will be big party animals and will shut the bar down? Also their big screen tv is in the hallway that leads to the door with some (very cool) red furniture. Really odd and uncomfortable place to watch tv (plus of course it's noisy). The handles for the sink taps are loose, the mini bar food was stale, and when I woke up in the morning there was a coffee maker but no coffee or creamer or sugar anywhere to be found. And the view of the sparkling ocean that I was looking forward to waking up to? It was completely foggy and overcast (not that this is the hotel's fault of course, but it was a perfect ending to a very disappointing stay). I have to admit though, the 6 person shower was pretty cool.
If you can afford to burn money on a room that's not worth what it costs, and if you're going to stay up all night snorting cocaine off their mirrors around the bed, then this place is perfect for you. But if you want to get any sleep before 2 AM, do NOT rent the RNR suite.
- 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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