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
What a hotel. Very Art Deco with a dramatic black and white theme contrasting with the blue sea view just outside. The lobby is hushed elegance and everything whispers of luxury without any hint of ostentation. Perfectly the way I like it.
The room I occupied on the sixth floor (see pics)had a terrace with a view of the ocean, of course. Also a kitchenette and a jacuzzi. But I had no time to explore either.
Comfortable bed, L’0ccitane bathroom toiletries. Who needs a t v screen when one can read in bed , but there was one anyway. And yes, air con too!
The hotel has an open courtyard and a terrace bar. Both attract locals as well as visitor groups.
I did not care much for the lift. The black outer door when viewed from inside suggests a dungeon. Goes with the mood. But a glass window would help.
But I quibble. One of the nicest hotels I have stayed in. And that is saying a lot!
And yes. Breakfast is leisurely and a la carte. With the ocean just outside. The good life indeed!
This is a beautiful old hotel with attentive staff, great food and location and we particularly enjoyed the pool, bar and cabana area. We would definitely stay here again. Everyone was so helpful and accommodating.
The hotel is good.
Pool area small but nice.
Pool bar seems to be closed most of the time, I was lucky to be able to order a beer there on first day.
Maintenance going on so we went out during working hours.
Reception and welcome was up to standard.
Security in reception was as the poolbar, only present first day - but then a president worthy..
Room was small, but view and decor good - bit worn though.
Bathroom was dated, must be hard to maintain for the staff - lots of wet surfaces and corners hard to reach.
Good mini bar selection and fridge, iron, blowdryer.
Housekeeping was excellent.
Outside the room, walkways, was concrete and to be honest a menace to look at - at least put some tiles on.
Look of like a mainstream 2 star charter hotel on that point.
Rooftop bar was good w nice view and seating area, but small.
Depending on your luck the staff service here will either be very good or not good at all. The tip ofcourse reflected that as well - from nothing to 20 pct, the 3 times we attended.
Beach is across the street, a long stairway (just across the street) and then another street to cross.
A good location for people who like to enjoy the beach I guess.
We enjoyed the view.
Restaurant is small, we had breakfast here. It is nice and the food tasty.
American to order.
Service is good.
The hotel offers pool area, rooftop bar, restaurant and small lobby/Reception - that is it.
Rest is concrete.
Looking in the back mirror we did definitely not get the value for money we expected. I have stayed with Shangri-la in other place of the world, this was the most lousy and the most expensive.
2000 usd for 3 nights - I would have stayed elsewhere had I known the standard - minimum 100pct overcharged.
Parking was good and safe, but expensive.
Rooftop bar 18 usd for a cocktail plus tax - fair enough, but not for some.
Truly a hidden gem! This hotel is iconic and historical . Outside of the building still have its original structure but inside its been redesign to a modern look. Swimming pool area have a big space to walk around and kick back and play some ping pong. This doesn’t feel like a hotel but feel like home with trees and flower all around.
A good find in location. Perfect spot of both world. Shopping made easy and entertainment and restaurant was a step away from the hotel. The pool area is very nice where you can chill and have some drink. A big place with trees and ping pong table. Make staying at this hotel feel like home and not a hotel.