Shangri-La Santa Monica unveils revamp

9 Jul 2009 by Mark Caswell

After 23 months of closure, the Shangri-La hotel in Los Angeles’ Santa Monica has reopened following a US$30 million redesign and refurbishment.

Located 20 minutes’ drive from Los Angeles International airport on a bluff facing the Pacific Ocean, the boutique property has also introduced a number of measures to make the hotel more eco-friendly.

Features will include bath and shower products in biodegradable bottles, a solar heated pool, a state-of-the-art filtration system for all water run-off, fluorescent bulbs in 35 per cent of the light fittings, and printed materials made from recycled paper printed with soy-based ink.

Facilities at the 71-room property, which first opened in 1939, include a 28 sqm rooftop meeting room and 65 sqm outdoor terrace, suites with kitchens, a fitness centre with cardio machines and free weights, and wired and wireless internet throughout.

Rates start from US$265 per night. The Shangri-La is a stand-alone hotel, and not part of the Asian-based chain of the same name.

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Report by Jenny Southan

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