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Hotel Shangri-La

Santa Monica, California

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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 Scoop

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.

Insider Tips

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.

Preferred Airport

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 Features

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Property Amenities
  • Concierge
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Cabanas
  • Fire Pit
  • In-Room Spa Services
  • Fitness Center
  • Yoga Deck
  • Laundry Service
In-Room Amenities
  • Ocean Views
  • Flat-Panel Televisions
  • iPod Docks
  • Luxury Bath Amenities
  • Frette Bathrobes
  • Wireless Internet
Dining & Nightlife
  • Restaurant
  • Rooftop Bar
  • 24-Hour Room Service
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Why We Love Santa Monica

Serene beachside seclusion with the glitz and glamor of L.A. at your fingertips. (Only if you want it, of course.)

Don't Miss

Great Attraction: Santa Monica Farmers' Market. Rub elbows with the city's best chefs and pick up a few notable items for sale: local tamales, kettle corn, and seasonal flowers. Sundays: 2640 Main St. Read More

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
Sun-kissed beaches of Santa Monica.

Sun-kissed beaches of Santa Monica.

Why Go Now

Year-round
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.

May 19, 2012
21st Annual Santa Monica Festival
Offers an eclectic mix of live music and dance as well as DIY art workshops with recycled and repurposed materials.
Various venues around Santa Monica.

June 9, 2012
Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard Race + Ocean Festival
An all-day family-friendly featuring ocean swims, SUP and paddleboard races, dory competitions, live music and a surfing, lifeguard and paddleboard "museum for the day."
Around Santa Monica Pier.

December 1, 2013
Hollywood Christmas Parade
A tradition for over 80 years, the event benefits Toys for Tots and boasts performers like Stevie Wonder and LeAnn Rimes.
Along Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood.

December 4, 2013
Los Angeles Magazine Big Holiday Event
The glamorously festive spirit tasting event has a number of pro-mixologists on hand to teach you the ins and outs of cocktail making. Tickets $49 per person.
Building Lobby, 5900 Wilshire Blvd., West L.A.

Hotel Shangri-La

Santa Monica, California

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