Tucked away in beautiful Downtown Santa Monica is Hotel Shangri-La – the boutique “hotel you dream of discovering.” This hidden gem is the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of the traffic and beach goers. Located just a short walk from the beach and the Santa Monica pier, the courtyard pool at the Shangri-La offers you all the sun without the crowds at the beach.
The pool is surrounded by sultry lounge chairs, perfect for sunbathing and drying off after a dip in the pool. Those who want to kick back and relax in the water, but are not interested in swimming, try the hot tub. The jets are everything.
The pool also offers a more private experience with the cabanas. Each one comfortably accommodates 6, providing an intimate summer get together. For only $100 ($500 food and beverage minimum subject to 22% service charge and 10.24% sales tax), you can spend the day like a celebrity as you are waited on in your own private cabana.
Swimming and sunbathing in the hot California sun can work up your appetite. I suggest ordering from the poolside bar menu. Try the flatbread pizzas, tower of fries, salads or a kobe beef burger and wash it down with an ice cold beer or mimosa.
Guests of the Hotel Shangri-La are not the only ones who can bask in the pool time bliss of the hotel. The pool is also open to the general public. Outside guests can rent a lounge chair for $25 with a $25 food and beverage minimum. Valet parking is available for $49.