Hotel Shangri La Santa Monica offers ocean views from nearly every guestroom across from a tourist-packed stretch of the Pacific. You can tan while lying out on the nearby sandy beach or take the kids to ride Santa Monica Pier's iconic Ferris wheel.
The pier is a 10-minute stroll down the block, offering diversions such as an old-fashioned carousel ride or concerts during the summer. Third Street Promenade, a shopper's delight with plenty of places to refuel on food and drink, is 2 minutes away on foot.
This Art Deco hotel gleams in old-fashioned Hollywood glamour and decor. A penthouse-level bar, Suite 700, and an onsite spa are among the celebrity-drawing services, in addition to poolside cocktails, a dining room overlooking the Pacific, and 24-hour room service.
Uniquely styled guestrooms include free WiFi and many feature ocean views. Opt for a suite, and you are treated to a gourmet, stainless-steel kitchen and deep soaking tub.