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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
We stayed just one night at the Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach but will definitely be back. Great location, just a short walk down to the beach, the boardwalk, and the Strand. Our room had a giant bathtub/jacuzzi, the bed was super comfortable, and the room was absolutely quiet and pitch-black at night. Our room wasn't too far from the groovy bar area, and we were worried that the noise might drift up and disturb us but no, super quiet and incredibly peaceful. Can't wait to go back.
Hotel experience was nice, great location, attentive staff, fine amenities. However, when I returned home from my stay I checked my credit card statement to find I had been charged several times from the hotel in an amount that totaled more than twice the amount from my initial reservation statement. I did not partake in any extra services during my stay. I am in process of resolving the matter, but the fact that I have to spend any time at all doing this is quite disappointing. If you have extra time to spend checking and resolving billing statements go ahead and book at Shade. If not, you might want to consider staying somewhere else.
This was a return visit to our favorite hotel in Manhattan Beach and once again, it did not disappoint. Staff are always friendly and welcoming. Rooms are impeccable and location is perfect - close to restaurants and beach but also quiet at night. Food is delicious and great happy hour as well!