The Hotel Shangri-la is virtually impossible to miss. The distinctive, sleek white hotel sits regally on the corner of Arizona Street and Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica.
The Hotel Shangri-la has a well-deserved reputation for impeccable service and eco-friendly guest rooms and suites. It also scores points as home to one of the best poolside scenes in Santa Monica.
And Santa Monica's expansive beaches are just across the street.
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, of course, did not include structural changes.
Instead, the renovation was more of a significant facelift: one that ultimately refreshed lifted and tightened an already deep and robust foundation. Here is a quick video tour of the Hotel 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.