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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Came for work and had my wife and son join the warm So Cal atmosphere. The Hotel Shangri-La was a delight architectural throw back with great amenities and a marvelous staff. Location to 3rd Street Promenade and the Pier is unbeatable.
We were in honeymoon, so they gave us a great 6th floor room with a beautiful balcony with ocean view.
The hotel facilities are also great. Make sure you spend one night at the rooftop bar. A good place to have some food and drinks.
We love our stay.
Hotel location is amazing. Was given complimentary champagne when we checked in. Check in staff was very friendly. Rooms are so so, my wife and I upgraded to “executive suite ocean view”. The view is amazing... size of room is anything but executive. We have a double, maybe queen size bed. Came out by pool and asked the waiter for a drink menu. He handed us a food menu and said “i gave the drink menu to those people, ask them for it when their done.” 4 star hotel? No. 4 star location. Yes