Hotel Shangri La Santa Monica
What We Love
- Stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and a running path just outside the front door
- Relaxed poolside environment perfect for sunbathing
- Quick walking distance to downtown dining and nightlife
- Free WiFi throughout the property, including by the pool
What To Know
- There is no spa, but the hotel can arrange massages at a small pop-up by the pool
- A handful of rooms face the alley instead of the ocean; make sure to request a view
- Pets are not permitted
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
This 1939 Art Deco hotel in the heart of Santa Monica has been a Hollywood hideout for years. The pint-size entrance and lobby lack pizazz, but the real star of this show is the rooftop bar, which has stunning views of the surf crashing on the white sand, and of Santa Monica Pier.
Bed & Bath
Guestrooms have a subtle sexiness, with a monochromatic palette with pops of red or plum. Chrome Deco lamps and flat-screen TVs adorn each room, bringing the old and new together seamlessly. Perks in the suites run the gamut from private balconies and vintage-style clawfoot tubs to full gourmet kitchens. All rooms have iPod docks, Frette robes and marble bathrooms with Molton Brown toiletries.
The hotel’s intimate open-air rooftop bar, Suite 700, gives a sense of Hollywood exclusivity, minus the snooty bouncer. The hotel’s owners are art collectors and music aficionados, so don’t be surprised if a DJ shows up to spin something down-tempo while you sip cocktails by the firepits and take in the view. There’s also a chill pool surrounded by retro striped loungers and a restaurant that serves Cali cuisine using produce from the local farmers market.
In the Area
Even locals can appreciate the excellent shopping on Third Street Promenade and a whirl on the iconic Ferris wheel on the Santa Monica Pier. But if that seems too cliché, walk over to the new Santa Monica Place, where you can get your fix of high-end designers, restaurants and cocktail bars. Be sure to get your fill of seafood with a stop at Water Grill or BP Oysterette, which both have killer sunset views. If you’re after a SoCal-style workout, look no farther than the legendary Bryan Kest’s Power Yoga.
How to Get There
Great spot - get water views! Fun deco glam pool and rooftop bar. Great finishes & furnishings. (Verrrrry slow elevators! I think must be original from the 1920's too.) Convenient to Third Ave Promenade and Santa Monica Pier. Loved it.
excellent location and service will recommend to all traveling to santa monica.restaurant was very good .very helpfull to all our needs , nothing was too much trouble.All staff from manager to the gardners were very helpfull and polite
If you're looking for luxury on the beach without the insane price tag, the Shangri La is an excellent choice. The staff (shoutout to Adrienne, Morgan and Ebony) is incredibly kind and friendly. I particularly recommend a perfectly cooked burger poolside or a room with an unparalleled view of the beach. A place to enjoy for both business and pleasure.
Stylish rooms, very comfortable bed, high-quality amenities, spacious bathroom with both bathtub and walk-in shower, champagne and water offered at check-in. Water in pool was too warm in my opinion and service at the rooftop bar was slow and indifferent. Breakfast was okay but menu somewhat limited. Excellent location and fast complimentary wifi. Farmer's market was right behind the corner. Could stay again.
I had a great week at the Shanghai-La. the staff was very helpful and treated me with the utmost service. I won’t hesitate to recommend you to my family and colleagues. Thanks for your generosity. Special thanks to Adrienne Miley.