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Why Stay At Hotel Shangri-La
Thanks to a $30 million renovation, this Old Hollywood mainstay is chic once again, and guests can't get enough of the cabana-lined pool one block from the Pacific Ocean.
The Shangri-La—open since 1939—is a mid-century modern paradise. Design aficionados will appreciate the Art Deco façade, with curved edges and racing stripes, which was meticulously preserved during owner Tehmina Adaya's comprehensive 2009 renovation. Each of the 71 rooms and suites maintains the original style, while modern (and luxe) amenities include 50-inch flat-screen TVs, soft Frette robes, and eco-friendly bath products. But much of the hotel's history has to do with Hollywood lore: the property was commandeered as army barracks during WWII and as a community shelter in the 1960s. If the walls could talk, they'd tell tales of wild 1980s parties with guests from JFK Jr. to the Dalai Lama and, more recently, Madonna and Tom Cruise.
At The Dining Room, the hotel's upscale restaurant, ingredients are sourced from nearby foodie mecca the Santa Monica Farmers' Market. The menu changes seasonally, but signature dishes include goat cheese-stuffed dates and short-rib sliders.
Grab a glass of wine and relax on the wraparound deck, where you'll find jaw-dropping views of Santa Monica and the Pacific Ocean.
Arrive at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), which is approximately 12 miles from the hotel. Anticipate about 20-60 minutes of travel time, depending on traffic.1301 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, California, United States
Hotel FeaturesBack to Top Property Amenities
- Outdoor Pool
- Fire Pit
- In-Room Spa Services
- Fitness Center
- Yoga Deck
- Laundry Service
- Ocean Views
- Flat-Panel Televisions
- iPod Docks
- Luxury Bath Amenities
- Frette Bathrobes
- Wireless Internet
- Rooftop Bar
- 24-Hour Room Service
- 3-person occupancy
- Complimentary Valet Parking (a $33/night value)
Why We Love Santa Monica
Serene beachside seclusion with the glitz and glamor of LA at your fingertips. (Only if you want it, of course.)
Top Restaurant: Ivy at the Shore. The west side outpost of the L.A. hot spot, this is where the glitterati mingle while sipping iced tea and enjoying California/American cuisine. Dinner for two $70. 1535 Ocean Ave. 310/ 393-3113.
Best Cocktail Spot: The Otheroom. A cozy wine bar on a corner of boutique-lined Abbot Kinney in Venice, is the place to indulge before dining at other local spots, including Abbot's Pizza. Drinks for two $25. 1201 Abbot Kinney. 310/396-6230.Read More
LA Shopping: Fred Segal Santa Monica. No trip to L.A. is complete without a stop at this two-building complex of high-end boutiques selling the most au courant items. Check out the shop's new eponymous line, Fred Segal Originals, by Annie Segal, Fred Segal's daughter. 420/500 Broadway. Read More
Why Go Now
Santa Monica Place Mall
Visit the brand-new mall for everything from dining to shopping to free yoga. Check in with the on-site concierge for event details and recommendations.
October 2-7 + 9-14, 2011
dine LA - Restaurant Week
Don't miss the opportunity to enjoy a selection of specially priced three-course lunch and dinner menus from some of LA and Santa Monica's best restaurants during this dining event.
Wednesday nights through October 26, 2011
Movies on the Deck
Enjoy complimentary screenings of Classic Favorites under the Stars.
Santa Monica Place Dining Deck, 395 Santa Monica Place.
November 4-6, 2011
Comtemporary Crafts Market
Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St. 1-808-422-7362.