By George Christopher Thomas, Travel Writer

SANTA MONICA, CA – Located smack dab in the heart of Santa Monica, the Hotel Shangri-LA is a perfect spot to enjoy all this California beach city has to offer.  And with the property being so nice and classy, the question becomes ‘Do you walk around the pier and people watch, or sit by the pool at your hotel and do the same thing?’  Well the answer is both.

In real estate they say there are only three things that matter, location, location, and location.  And Shangri-LA is a high end luxury hotel located on the beachfront.  And to go along with the feeling of being out and by the ocean, the rooms and suites are decorated in an Ocean-liner’s style with a maritime theme.  The hotel has 70 rooms and 30 suites, with a variety of accommodations to choose from.  And the spectacular ocean view terrace suite would be the humdinger for that special anniversary weekend. (I’m including this in the article as a hint to my wife).

Because Santa Monica is the greatest beach city in California, this hotel and the area in general attract a lot of European vacationers.  And the Hotel Shangri-LA caters perfectly to the clientele, making the entire property feel like a fancy property in Europe.  And this can be a fun experience for Americans from the Southern California area, as well as across the United States.  You can step into European elegance along the beach front in Santa Monica, and be in a state of intercontinental pleasantness.

From the pool deck and fitness center, to the concierge service and guest receptions, Hotel Shangri-LA is second to none in every category you can list.  The wine and cheese hours are especially nice, as you catch the picturesque sunset glisten over the beautiful Pacific Ocean.  (


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