Shade Hotel

1221 N Valley Dr | Manhattan Beach, CA 90266  [SEE MAP]Manhattan Beach, CA  [SEE ADDRESS]
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Overview

Modern rooms, free breakfast and tasty dining
It's pricey to stay here

Travelers are impressed with Shade's one-of-a-kind spin on luxury. Case in point: Special touches are in each of the hotel's 38 rooms, such as the Heat & Glo Cyclone Fireplaces installed through the hotel, or the Sanijet Hydrotherapy tubs, Keurig coffee machines and king-sized Tempur-Pedic beds. The cuisine served at Zinc is just as artfully crafted, with small plates of tacos, sashimi salad and aromatic cheeses. Travelers praise the complimentary breakfast and the hotel's close proximity to Los Angeles International Airport – less than 6 miles north. But there's a price to pay for staying here: Some guests complain of late-night noise, and others were thrown off by the property's dramatic design. But if you can look past the aesthetics, you'll enjoy a bevy of standout amenities, including complimentary access to the nearby Equinox Fitness Club, complimentary Wi-Fi access and free use of the hotel's strand cruiser bicycles.   

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Location
Manhattan Beach, CA
Hotel Class
4.0-star
Property Type
Boutique hotel, 38 rooms
Primary View
Neighborhood, Ocean
Style
Traditional
Best For
Business travelers, Couples, Solo travelers

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  • 4.0Hotel Class

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Critic Reviews

Travel + Leisure

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Luxury yachts were the inspiration for star interior designer Christopher Lowell when he decked out this boutique hotel two blocks from the sand in easygoing Manhattan Beach.

The Beach Reporter

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After what must have taken much patience in order to get through the process of such an endeavor of opening Shade, it was well worth whatever the struggles. In the end, it’s undoubtedly one of the loveliest luxury boutique hotels in the country.

LA Travel Magazine

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Find a seat at the bar, low lounge tables or outdoor patio to begin your experience for breakfast, lunch or dinner. A pitcher of shade sangria infused with sauvignon blanc, strawberries, raspberries, oranges and grapes will get you in the mindset to fully relax before selecting from a variety of small plates to share.

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 573 have reviewed the Shade Hotel, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

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TripAdvisor Travel Rating: TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 573 reviews 4.5 (based on 573 reviews)

Guest Rooms

The small boutique property has just 38 rooms, including five suite options. Standard rooms are outfitted in pastel ocean shades, with an in-room spa tub, Keurig coffee and tea machines and a balcony with seating for two. Rooms on the first floor have day beds, and rooms on the second floor have fireplaces.
  • Complimentary Beach Breakfast Buffet from 6:30 to 10 a.m.; options include yogurt, fresh fruit, bagels and lox, pastries, cereals and more
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, as well as free printing from the hotel's computer if needed
  • 24-hour room service

Standard room size410 square feet

  • Internet (free)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

The Shade Hotel is in the center of the affluent Manhattan Beach community north of Redondo Beach and about 20 miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles. The hotel is set a few blocks back from The Strand and Manhattan Beach, but both popular spots are just a short walk away. The area between the hotel and the beach is filled with restaurants and ocean-style boutiques as well as popular chains like Peet's Coffee & Tea and American Apparel.
  • Hotel is 5 miles south of Los Angeles International Airport
  • On-site valet parking does allow in/out privileges and costs $24 per night. Otherwise, there's metered self parking around the property
  • 24-hour valet parking ($25)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service (with fee)

Within walking distance of:

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

Dining

The hotel has the popular and hip Zinc Terrace & Lounge that serves a full brunch and lunch menu daily, as well as small plates, pizzas and cocktails in the evenings. Lunch is modern American fare with salads, sandwiches and pizzas. Menus are also available at the rooftop Skydeck around the pool, and in the evenings the pool deck turns into a beachside cocktail party.
  • The front desk can also take special requests for favorites not on the menu (they mention Cold Stone Creamery ice cream as an example)
  • Room service is available 24/7

Number of restaurants1

Cuisine TypesBuffet, American, Mexican

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

Pool

The hotel has an oversized wading rooftop pool. It's about 3 feet deep, and not long enough to swim laps. Beach chairs and food and drink service make it a relaxing place to lounge.
  • Pool is heated year-round
  • Open 10 a.m. to sunset unless the property is hosting a private event. The hotel will not schedule private events in the pool area earlier than 4 p.m., limiting the hassle for hotel guests
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Seasonal
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Indoor/outdoor combo
  • Pool bar
  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas

Kids

Notify the front desk if you'll be traveling with a baby and hotel staff will deliver a "Pack and Play" and complimentary Honest Company organic baby products to the room prior to your arrival. For those traveling with older kids, the hotel also has a Wii for guests to rent.
  • Beach is just a five-block walk west
  • Families are best accommodated in suites, which all feature a king-sized bed and a sofa bed in the separate living space
  • Rollaways also available
  • The front desk can arrange babysitting services if needed
  • Kids club
  • Cribs
  • High chairs

Fitness

The hotel does not have its own fitness center on the property, but provides other options for staying fit during your stay. Guests receive complimentary access to Equinox Fitness Club ,which is about 3 miles from the hotel. The hotel can help arrange transport to the gym, but does not offer complimentary rides. The Shade Hotel does offer complimentary use of its Strand Cruiser Bicycles, should you choose to pedal to the gym or along the beachside Strand trail.
  • There are running paths on either side of the hotel – one along the beach and one in the green space behind the hotel. The front desk has running maps
  • Free yoga classes are offered to hotel guests on Saturdays and Mondays at 10 a.m. on the rooftop skydeck
  • The hotel's pool is not long enough to swim laps
  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles (free)
  • Tennis
  • Guided runs
  • Paddle boats
  • Motor boats

Business

The hotel has five event spaces, only one of which, The Green Room, is a formal meeting room. Other event spaces include the Courtyard, Zinc Terrace, Zinc Lounge and the Skydeck pool area. The Green Room overlooks the courtyard and measures 672 square feet.
  • The hotel has a small, 24-hour business center on the second floor with two Mac desktops and a printer
  • Customizable event catering available from Zinc

Number of meeting rooms1

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

Pets

The hotel allows one dog that weighs 50 pounds or less per room. Notify the hotel in advance that you’ll be traveling with a dog and you'll receive a dog bowl, treats and a doggie bed in your room. Dogs are welcome on the Strand, a long walking path along Manhattan Beach.
  • There is a $125 nonrefundable fee
  • The Queen Belt across the street from the hotel is a green space that's great for walking dogs. It stretches all the way to neighboring Redondo Beach 3 miles to the south, and north a little more than a mile to Highway 1
  • The front desk can help arrange dog-walking or sitting services
  • Pets allowed (with fee)
  • Dog walking
  • Pet-sitting

Wedding

Couples can rent out the whole boutique Shade Hotel for weddings. If you don't need that much room, though, the hotel has five event spaces, including the outdoor Courtyard and rooftop Skydeck pool area – popular with weddings. The hotel has ivory and dark wood chairs, microphone and speaker systems, gift and guestbook tables, a cake knife and server set, and a wedding day ceremony coordinator (note, this is not the same as a wedding planner). The hotel's wedding guest capacity is 350 for a cocktail-style event.
  • The property allows outside vendors and events managers on-site the day of the wedding for setup

Maximum wedding guest capacity350

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

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