LA Hotels

Shangri-La Hotel at Santa Monica
This exquisitely re-imagined Santa Monica Hotel is a chic sanctuary of style and has been overlooking the Pacific Ocean since 1939. The Shangri-La is a dramatic beacon of Art Deco beauty, Hollywood allure and Los Angeles history. Perched on a high bluff, a few steps from the beach, this timeless Santa Monica boutique hotel has undergone a $30 million redesign. Not only does it promise you a stylish haven to see and be seen…it delivers everything you will want. Every lavish (understatement) room and suite affords you sweeping ocean views. The lush courtyard with elevated pool and cabanas encourages mingling and sunning and the gourmet restaurant, The Dining Room, really does provide first-class cuisine and hushed intimacy. Make sure you check out the rooftop bar – this doubles as a glamorous location for exclusive events. The Shangri-La summons the ambiance of a chic private club, with the stirring embodiment of art, luxury, and architecture.?? The Shangri-La is less than 5 minutes walking distance to Santa Monica Pier, beaches, premium shopping, boutiques and world-class restaurants. Take a stroll down 3rd Street Promenade, plonk yourself in a comfortable seat outside one of the many restaurants and bars…and people watch for hours. Rodeo Drive, The Getty Centre and Villa, Malibu and LAX are only minutes away. My favourite part of the hotel? The rooftop bar with its panoramic views across Santa Monica Pier and beach!
Shangri-La Hotel
1301 Ocean Ave,?Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone: + 1 310-394-2791
www.shangrila-hotel.com?

Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa

Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa
Location, location, location. The ultra-stylish Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa has quickly become the premier luxury property in the movie-making capital of the world. Boasting a sophisticated mid-century modern design and breathtaking views of LA, this dazzling landmark hotel captures the legendary glamour and excitement of Hollywood’s illustrious past.?? The Hotel’s design exudes the sophisticated style and clean lines of mid-century modernism which weaves into its canvas the contemporary LA??. As a cornerstone of the spectacular Hollywood & Highland Centre retail and entertainment destination, the Renaissance plays neighbour to trend-setting shops, world-class restaurants, legendary landmarks and state-of-the-art entertainment venues, including the Kodak Theatre – home of the annual Academy Awards. It is also just a short drive to Universal Studios – this is where Hollywood happens. ??What initially was supposed to be a quick walk along the Hollywood Walk of Fame ended up taking me an hour! Make sure you remember to look where you are going – it is so easy to keep looking at the stars on the pavement, instead of the oncoming masses of other tourists. My favourite part of this hotel? The location!
Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa
1755 North Highland Avenue?, Hollywood, CA 90028
Phone: + 1 323 856 1200
www.renaissancehollywood.com

InterContinental Century City

InterContinental Century City
The renowned landmark of the InterContinental Los Angeles resides on the prestigious Westside of the ‘City of Angels’ – minutes away from Beverley Hills, major entertainment studios and sun-drenched beaches. I must admit the service here is some of the best I have had in my many travels – nothing was too much to sort out, even when I left my mobile phone on my room key card and wiped the coding…twice!!!??From the moment you step into the grand lobby your experience will begin. Make sure you enjoy one of their cocktails in the Lobby Lounge or better still remove yourself from the rat-race and have the cocktail delivered to secluded garden area. ??No matter what your budget is ensure you save some of it for at least one meal at their Park Grill. The French inspired California cuisine is to die for…and the wine selection is more than competently matched by the friendly wait staff. ??My favourite part of this hotel? The secluded urban oasis – perfect for that regular sundowner drink!
InterContinental Century City
2151 Avenue of the Stars,?Los Angeles, CA 90067
Phone: + 1 310 284 6500
www.intercontinentallosangeles.com