The Shangri-la Santa Monica is virtually impossible to miss: the distinctive, sleek white hotel (where a doorman is in attendance most days) gracefully occupies the corner of Arizona Street and Ocean Avenue.
The Shangri la Santa Monica has a well-deserved reputation for impeccable service and luxe, eco-friendly guest rooms and suites. It also rates as one of the best poolside scenes in Santa Monica.
The Hotel Shangri-la was built in 1939, and has been owned by the same family since 1984.
Given its status as a historic landmark property, its recent $30 million renovation of course did not include structural changes.
Instead, the renovation was more of a extensive face lift: one that ultimately refreshed, lifted, and tightened an already strong and impressive foundation.
Here is a quick video tour of the Hotel Shangri-la today:
The hotel's signature restaurant, The Dining Room, serves up California-French cuisine with a uniquely Santa Monica twist: a "farm-to-table" philosophy that results in delectable dishes comprised of fresh ingredients that come directly from the nearby twice-weekly Santa Monica farmer's markets.
The hotel has 71 luxuriously-appointed guest rooms and suites. Amenities here include:
Shangri-la Santa Monica is also home to Onyx Santa Monica, a cool rooftop bar with the distinction of being the only rooftop bar in Santa Monica with 180 degree views of the Pacific Ocean. It is a favorite among hotel guests and Santa Monica locals alike. If you're lucky enough to get seats around the fire pit, you're set for a stellar night.
Nightly rates start at $279. For more information or to book a room or suite, contact Hotel Shangr-la reservations at 800-345-7829; or the hotel directly at 310-394-2791. You can also visit the hotel website here.