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
So perfect! I've visited Santa Monica many times and each time I walked in ocean ave, I have wished I was staying at the hotel Shangri la. I recently was in Santa Monica again and so I decided that it was finally time to stay here.
We rented two rooms: one with an ocean view and one without. Both rooms were extraordinary. I woke up to the beautiful ocean view every morning.
The staff was exceedingly friendly and professional. The hiring managers and trainers have done a perfect job of staffing the hotel with the best people! Front desk, concierge, room service, valet and house keeping were all wonderful.
I also highly recommend the restaurant downstairs and the rooftop bar. It was a perfect experience staying here.
We stayed there from April 29 to May 1, after checking out I had noticed a couple days later that they charged my card for $55 USD with out explanation. I called to find out what the charge was for and they stated Mini Bar use. We did not use anything from the Mini Bar, so the person I spoke with sent an email to the manager of beverages asking for this to be looked into. I was copied on the email and almost two weeks have passed with no response. I called my booking agent to see if there was anything that could be done and they called the hotel and were told that the Mini Bar had been cleaned out and that I could dispute this with my credit card company. For starters, all of the ridiculously priced items in that mini bar which is a tray on the counter, would have added up to over $150, and they could not itemize what was taken. We didn't take anything from the Mini Bar. Reading other reviews now, "take it up with your credit card company" seems to be a standard reply by the staff at the Hotel Shangri-La.
This group is not to be trusted with your credit card number!
I think we were the wrong age group for this hotel. The roof top terrace is a magnet for young (20-30 age) party goers and as a couple in our 50’s we were probably the oldest there, although it is a great space with great views and we wish we could have enjoyed it more.
Our room had been recently redecorated and was plush, with an excellent range of high end toiletries. However, the bath was very deep and not safe to climb in and out of to use the bath or shower.
Our room had the biggest supply of drinks in the minibar that I have ever seen. However, we didn’t stay there for the minibar and this took up so much room next to the bed that we struggled to find room to place even a mobile phone on the bedside table!
The room was also very small for us. We were on a 2 weeks tour of California and effectively living out of suitcases, but there was no space to lay our 2 suitcases. If you travel light then this may not be a problem for you. Our room was classed as a City View room and we were not offered any option to change/upgrade this. The view was disappointing for a sea front hotel and it would have been interesting to see what a sea view room looked like.
We didn’t have a chance to use the pool area but it looked very clean and enticing and we wish we had more time to try it out.
The staff were all very friendly and welcoming every time we returned to the hotel from our trips out.
To be honest, I had seen the yelp reviews which were not that high but I decided to give them a chance anyway and I have never been more glad I did. From the second I walked in I fell in love with The Shangri La. The customer service was amazing everyone was so nice and helpful. My room was very clean and the view from the balcony was so beautiful, it overlooked the ocean. The restaurant in the lobby served delicious food and the service their was outstanding as well, after I decided to check out the rooftop bar and the view from there was even better. I got a drink and enjoyed myself very much. Overall I definitely would r4ccom3nd staying here and cannot wait to come back
Upon check-in you are offered a complimentary class of champagne and a bottle of water. The staff is friendly and helpful. The hotel is located one block from the famous Santa Monica pier. Directly across the street is the beach. Great hotels and restaurants all within a block or so from the hotel. Shangri-La has great views from their rooftop bar... worth checking out.
If you pay for an ocean view room, be sure to ask for a high floor. Or if you are a light sleeper, ask for a high floor. I was on the 2nd floor and was miserable most of the night with the loud noises on the street level... groups of people talking loud, especially after coming out of bars late, the cars, etc... Not something to keep me from visiting this hotel again, so long as I'm guaranteed a high floor.