What We Love
- Free Beach Breakfast Buffet served daily from 6:30-10am
- Enjoy the ocean breeze in the nearly pool-size whirlpool at the rooftop Skydeck
- The lobby doubles as Zinc Lounge, a nighttime hot spot complete with DJ and trendy cocktails
- In-room chromatherapy lighting color menu is a real mood-setter during a romantic stay
What To Know
- A DJ in the lobby means you might have to shout at the checkout clerk if you arrive during party hours
- Shade is not beachfront — the surf and sand are a very convenient two-minute walk away
- Common areas can potentially be booked several hours at a time for private events. Check ahead
- Valet is $25 per day or there's self-parking at meters in subterranean parking structure
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
The Shade feels like a mod reimagining of the promenade deck on a glitzy cruise liner of yesteryear. The lobby’s buffed-to-a-shine cherrywood floors are lined with cushy sofas and cocktail tables perfect for a leisurely meal or round of drinks. Designed by Christopher Lowell, of Discovery Home Channel fame, the public spaces offer clean lines, lots of natural light and a balance of architectural elements that include glass, wood and stone. On most days, floor-to-ceiling door panels are opened up so the lobby space expands out onto a dining patio that’s accented with breezy, seafoam-green drapes billowing from the second story on down to the sun dappled floor.
Bed and Bath
An open floor plan lets the centerpiece of the room shine: a two-person Sanijet Jacuzzi tub with a granite ledge that’s perfect for keeping your champagne close enough to offset the bubbling warmth. For a bit of bathroom privacy, wood and smoked-glass doors slide easily to partition it off from the Tempurpedic bed and the unique cyclone fireplace. In-room amenities including a Keurig Vue coffee machine, turn-down cake pops from a local bakery and a lighting color menu stand as luxurious finishing touches.
The lobby bar triples up as a scrumptious eatery. In the mornings you’ll find a light breakfast spread to start the day right with bagels and lox, hard-boiled eggs, juice, coffee and pastries. Stick around for lunch and dinner and enjoy a healthy menu recently redesigned by The Biggest Loser chef Devin Alexander. After that you can either bask on the rooftop patio or work off the calories exploring the area on one of the hotel’s free beach cruisers. The beach boardwalk is a short spin away and you can pedal down as far as Redondo Beach or up even to Venice if you’ve got the stamina.
How to Get There
I have stayed here twice and it is now my go to spot when traveling to LA. Great bar and restaurant and the service is always friendly. Although there is no gym on the premises, they hook you up with free passes to Equinox, which is a top-notch facility!
Try to get a room that is high up and on the west side. The hotel is cool, hip, and happening. Starting with the valet service, the bikes, the service, the checkin, the music, the dinner or breakfast, and the club ambience later on that evening. Not to mention the easy walk to the pier or the beach.
A great boutique hotel - highly recommend. And i mention the roof top pool?
Shades has a wonderful Happy Hour from 3-6 pm . All kinds of appetizers and great prices . Delicious pizza,Brussels Sprouts,Calamari and more. Great wine choices as well. Friendly environment either inside or on thePatio In Manhattan Beach . Located only 15 minutes from LAX . Three blocks to the Manhattan Beach pier .
Wonderful hotel with a very attentive staff and great creative food. The rooms are spacious and well appointed. Ideal location for walking around MB or even farther North or South with numerous restaurants and shops to visit.
The staff of this hotel were wonderful. Anything we asked about, they came back with information about it within minutes. So friendly.
Our room was beautiful and very comfortable. My husband and I slept the best we ever have in a hotel. I also appreciate the environmental considerations.
The location was great too. Very close to restaurants. Although Zinc, at the hotel, was so good we ate there most of the time. We were able to easily walk to the beach.
Shade has beach cruisers. We really enjoyed zipping down the Strand.
I highly recommend this hotel.