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
The deco charm of the hotel is something to love, and in some ways it's design monument, and we wouldn't stint on giving the owners credit for maintaining it instead of just taking the easy roulte and tearing it all out. But the lack of attention to details in the room, for a hotel at this price level (our ocean view room was about $500/night before taxes), is deplorable. Peeling veneer, filthy wallpaper (in the area where guests would typically put their luggage, so explainable from that point of view); nothing on the floor by the beds so if you're not into slippers (one pair in the room, along with one robe for two people) you have to brush-off your feet; all of the lights operate on one switch, so, for example, if one person wants to read while the other sleeps, all of the lights are on in the room. It's time to upgrade the bathroom fan to something that both works and doesn't sound like a truck's in the room.
The hotel is lovely in many ways - those deco details (fabulous bathroom) -ocean front location - friendly staff. We don't casually drop $500 a night, and when we do we have higher expectations.
The exceptional service we received at the hotel Shangri la was above all the other high end hotels we’ve stayed at. They really went out of their way consistently to help ensure we had a special experience for my husbands birthday. It was really fantastic! We will be coming back for my birthday as well. Loved it!
Not only is this a hotel with a sleek look and feel. It also has amazing views and great location, the service could not be beat. Best we have ever had and could of imagined. Amazing and beautiful room. We ate at the Dining room which was awesome, but the rooftop was just as great but with indescribable views of the entire ocean and city of Santa Monica. The staff and service was amazing from start to finish and we were sad to go.
Loved my stay at the Shangri la. Can’t wait to come back here again , one of the best hotels I’ve stayed at in a while. The employees were so generous and everything about the hotel was over the top. I also loved the restaurant in the lobby, the food was amazing
Came here with some friends. The location is perfect since it’s walking distance to so many different spots.My friends and I also had a lot of fun on the rooftop bar, it has the most amazing view and is great for taking pictures. The room was very nice also and can’t say how good the customer service was. After the bar we went to the jacuzzi and night then ordered room service. Couldn’t ask for anything better than that.