Art Deco structures are everywhere in L.A, but perhaps nowhere captures the cool vibe of that time better than the Santa Monica showstopper Shangri-La Hotel. Opened in 1939, its sleek white exterior, pool with cabanas, courtyard with fire pit and mix of modern with vintage pieces positively scream effortless elegance. Since its $30 million revamp in 2009, the 71-room property has cultivated an ecofriendly culture with biodegradable bottles, efficient fluorescent lighting and a filtration system for water runoff. My spacious suite 500 featured two bedrooms, two baths, a stainless steel kitchen, and three flat screen televisions. But of course nothing says luxury like the bathtub with a view of the Pacific Ocean. Touches like an antique looking telephone, Frette bathrobes, and old style windows give the hotel its glam appeal. Meeting space, a fitness centre, courtyard, restaurant and location near the Santa Monica Pier make the Shangri-La ideal as a base for exploring the city. What I liked most of all is the feeling when you walk through the lobby like you’re coming back home.
Dine at the restaurant on site for some truly tasty food, and sip champagne from the rooftop bar, Suite 700.
Read more in the Summer 2012 issue of City Style and Living Magazine.