The Hotel Shangri-la Santa Monica is virtually impossible to miss.
The sleek white hotel (where a doorman is in attendance most days) sits boldly on the corner of Arizona Street and Ocean Avenue.
The recently renovated hotel has racked up an impressive array of awards and praise since its $30 million makeover several years ago.
Today, Shangri la Santa Monica is holding its own among the best Santa Monica hotels, with a well-deserved reputation for impeccable service and luxe, eco-friendly guest rooms and suites and one of the best poolside scenes in Santa Monica.
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 made our list of the Top 10 Santa Monica Happy Hours.
Onyx Santa Monica 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.
The hotel was built in 1939, and has been owned by the same family since 1984. Given its status as a historic landmark property, its two-year, $30 million renovation did not include structural changes. Instead, it was more of a extensive face lift that freshened, lifted, and tightened an already impressive foundation.
Additions included the lush courtyard with an elevated, solar-heated pool surrounded by nautical striped lounge chairs and private cabanas. Here is a quick look around the hotel:
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 Santa Monica Farmer's Market.
The hotel has 71 luxuriously-appointed guest rooms and suites. Amenities here include:
Nightly rates start at $305. 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.
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