Built in 1939 in the graceful Streamline Moderne style inspired by the swooping lines of an ocean liner, this Art Deco landmark is a treat for the eyes. That’s a good thing, because standard rooms here are scarcely roomier than a shipboard cabin. Details are perfect, from the silver, white and black decor down to the bathroom fixtures. But even with minimal furniture and a long shelf serving as desk, table and dresser, space is tight. (Bathrooms, though, are larger than average.) The hotel was last renovated in 2009 and is starting to show a little wear. I’d recommend asking (and paying) for a suite to fully appreciate the beautiful architecture and room design. Virtues that compensate for the stingy space include a friendly, professional staff, double windows that block street noise, beds so comfy you want to live in them, and a rooftop bar with an ocean view to die for (though it’s often crowded).
Los Angeles› Hotel
1301 Ocean Ave (at Arizona Ave), Santa Monica
Our Rating Neighborhood Santa Monica and the Beaches Phone 877/999-1301 or 310/394-2791 Prices $342–$450 double; from $378 suite. Valet parking $34. Pets accepted ($250 per room, perstay) Amenities Restaurant; rooftop bar; fitness center; pool; room service; free Wi-Fi Units 70 units Web site Hotel Shangri-LaBook a Room Now