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Hotel Shangri-La

1301 Ocean Avenue | Santa Monica, CA 90401  [SEE MAP]Santa Monica, CA  [SEE ADDRESS]

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Home to the only indoor-outdoor rooftop bar in Santa Monica
Some travelers note that the area can get noisy at night, which can hinder a sound sleep
Hotel Shangri-La is one of the most recognizable buildings on Santa Monica's Ocean Avenue. In fact, this 70-room hotel's distinctive art deco look is one of the key reasons recent visitors suggested you stay here. Guest rooms boast excellent views of the Pacific and the Santa Monica Beach, as well as flat-panel TVs, complimentary internet access and iPod docking stations. Visitors were won over by the decor, which consists of parquet floors, soft purple fabrics and bold animal print accents. However, some travelers note that the area can get noisy at night, which can hinder a sound sleep. Guests at the Hotel Shangri-La will have access to the Dining Room, which serves fresh market-to-table fare. For lighter snacks and drinks, head to ONYX, the hotel's rooftop bar and lounge.
Santa Monica, CA
Hotel Class
Property Type
Boutique hotel, 70 rooms
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  • 4.0Hotel Class


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Critic Reviews


A slick and inviting boutique hotel overlooking the Pacific, with ... exquisite rooms and lustrous interiors in an iconic Art Deco building that displays the curvy contours of an elegant ocean liner.



Salty air and a glamourous seaside vibe pervade the open-air corridors — a unique feature of the hotel.

Lonely Planet


Stylish enough to be alluring but not too stuck up or intimidating.



Details are perfect, from the silver, white and black décor to the bathroom fixtures.

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by Tripadvisor. A total of 1528 have reviewed the Hotel Shangri-La , giving it a rating of 4, on a scale of 1-5.

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Tripadvisor Travel Rating: Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1528 reviews 4.0 (based on 1528 reviews)

Guest Rooms

The art deco details of Hotel Shangri-La extend into the fixtures and features of the guest rooms. Most accommodations in the 70-room hotel have views of the ocean.
  • Free Wi-Fi, 50-inch flat-screen TV and iPod docking station
  • Glass-walled, marble bathroom features a soaking tub
  • Upgraded rooms have full kitchen and terraces

Standard room size300 square feet

  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Internet
  • Wireless internet
  • Free internet
  • Fee for internet usage
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

Steps away from the beach across the Pacific Coast Highway, Hotel Shangri-La has been a staple in downtown Santa Monica since it opened in 1939. Palisades Park separates the hotel from Santa Monica Beach, a popular destination for tourists and surfers alike.
  • Half-mile south to the Santa Monica Pier and amusement park Pacific Park
  • Three blocks from center of downtown,Third Street Promenade, including the open-air shopping market at the Santa Monica Place
  • About 20 miles west of downtown Los Angeles and just 3 miles north of the Venice Beach boardwalk
  • 24-hour valet parking ($42)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service (with fee)

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Restaurants
  • Movie theater
  • Train station
  • Beach
  • Theater
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Grocery store
  • Shopping


Like most of Hotel Shangri-La, the on-site restaurant, The Dining Room, boasts views of the streets of Santa Monica and the Pacific Ocean. Serving fresh, locally sourced produce from the Santa Monica Farmers Market, the restaurant focuses on American classics with an emphasis on seafood.
  • The Dining Room is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner; happy hour specials and small plates during the week.
  • ONYX is the rooftop bar and lounge that offers panoramic views. Popular among guests and locals, the lounge is open for happy hour and hosts a DJ on the weekends.
  • 24-hour room service

Number of restaurants2

Cuisine TypesAmerican

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • free breakfast


The expansive outdoor pool and Jacuzzi area is one of the best attractions on the property. The art deco theme continues with a rounded pool, private cabanas that are available for rent, a fire pit and a number of lounge chairs.
  • Bar and food menu, and poolside service
  • Hotel Shangri-La hosts a variety of events at its pool during peak season
  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar


You can find the spa, Xanadu Spa, in the courtyard of the hotel. The spa offers massages, including mini 30-minute massages only offered on the weekends – perfect for travelers. The heated outdoor wellness center is secluded from other parts of the hotel for privacy.
  • The spa lounge also offers meditation classes and aromatherapy sessions
  • Spa parties and wedding parties

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body Treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna


There are no special amenities for children and adjoining rooms aren't available, only suites. But the on-site restaurant provides room service and a kids menu.
    • Kids Club
    • Free Kids Club
    • Fee for Kids Club
    • Cribs
    • High Chairs


    The 24-hour fitness center is on the first floor of the property. The gym features cardio equipment, strength-training machines, free weights and yoga mats.
    • Individual TVs on all stations
    • Complimentary towels and water
    • Weight equipment
    • Cardio equipment
    • Yoga mats
    • Free fitness classes
    • Premium fitness classes (with fee)


    The art deco design of Hotel Shangri-La is ideal for those seeking a stylish venue for their small meeting or event. The hotel features two outdoor spaces and the rooftop penthouse for events. Cocktail receptions and parties are popular at the hotel.
    • The Penthouse features two indoor rooms and a terrace that can fit up to 40 people for a meeting, or as many as 100 for a cocktail reception
    • The outdoor Garden Courtyard can accommodate up to 150 people for a sit-down dinner, or up to 350 for a cocktail reception
    • The poolside cabanas can fit up to 40 people for a banquet style sit-down dinner.

    Number of meeting rooms3

    • Business center
    • Meeting rooms
    • Meeting and event planners available


    Hotel Shangri-La makes for a unique wedding venue because of its art deco designs. The hotel's multilevel outdoor courtyard can accommodate up to 150 people for a buffet-style, sit-down dinner. The Penthouse also offers great views of the ocean and a rooftop terrace.
    • Penthouse can accommodate up to 100 people for a cocktail party or 75 people for a sit-down reception or rehearsal dinner
    • No designated wedding planners on-site, but the event sales manager can assist with needs

    Maximum wedding guest capacity150

    • Hotel hosts weddings
    • Outdoor space for weddings
    • Wedding planners available

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