Hotel Shangri-la 

The Hotel Shangri-la is hard to miss: The distinctive, sleek white hotel occupies the corner of Arizona Street and Ocean Avenue.

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 you can't beat the location - this boutique hotel is just steps from the Third Street Promenade and the Santa Monica Pier.  Santa Monica's expansive beaches are across the street.

An Historic Landmark

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.

A video tour of the Hotel:

Farm-to-Table Restaurant

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.

Hotel Shangri-la guest room.Hotel Shangri-la guest room.

Stylish Guest Rooms

The hotel has 71 luxuriously-appointed guest rooms and suites. Amenities here include:

  • Ocean views;

  • 50- or 60-inch flat panel televisions;
  • 24-hour room service;
  • iPod docking stations;
  • Free WiFi;
  • Fitness Center.

  • Frette robes;

  • Hypoallergenic rooms;
  • Gilchrist & Soames bath products;
  • Secluded pool and lounge area;

 The Rooftop Bar

The hotel 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.

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