Modestly luxurious with an air of old Hollywood glam, the iconic Shangri-La Santa Monica balances sophisticated, Art Deco design and a laid back ambiance of understated chic.
The sparkling streamlined building sits high on the buffs opposite the beach, footsteps from both the Santa Monica Pier and Third St promenade.
This is where Sean Penn and Madonna courted back in the day and it still resonates with a feeling of Hollywood at play.
Most of the 70 rooms and suites showcase palm fringed vistas of the pacific ocean featuring wooden floors, a rich colour palette and mod luxe finishes including the deepest marble bath we have ever had the pleasure of wading.
The centre piece has to be bright decked courtyard with solar heated pool, private cabanas, cocktail bar and, come evening, a blazing fire pit. Perfect for lounging, people watching and, well, sipping a signature cocktail.
The rooftop bar, Suite 700, blends timeless art deco with a world class ocean view. This is a permanent hot spot with the who’s who of LA and the cherry on the top for this all round class act. But no need for the oversell, we had you at Sean & Madge, right?
Rooms start at $300 per night
Image 1, 2 & 4 from Shangri-la Santa Monica, Images 3, 5-9 our own.