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Finishing Touches Added as Hotel Shangrila Continues to Restore this Streamline Moderne Gem

Santa Monica, CA (PRWEB) April 29, 2013

1939 - The year that Gone With The Wind, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Goodbye, Mr. Chips and The Wizard of Oz became Hollywood classics. The economy was recovering from the Great Depression and glamour--in the true sense of the word--prevailed.

Another classic that drew applause and appreciation and had its dramatic opening that year is Hotel Shangrila in Santa Monica, CA. This exquisite 71-room luxury hotel, of which 35 of the accommodations are suites, is still “wowing” guests who come from near and far to relax and vacation in style. For anyone who has visited Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica, the architecture of Hotel Shangrila stands out. The building is an authentic Streamline Moderne design from the latter part of the Art Deco period, and one of a few rare examples of this style in California. “Our hotel is an architectural gem and a landmark,” says Henri Birmele, general manager. “But it is so much more. We continue to be a popular hideaway for a wide variety of guests from presidents and celebrities to artists, tastemakers, insiders and world travelers, and everyone in-between who wants to indulge themselves for a few days, weeks or even months.”

Birmele notes that the hotel is completing its restoration, adding finishing touches representing both the Art Moderne and earlier Art Deco periods. Among these touches are a 1939 cobalt blue Chase Martini Set reflecting the tone for this post depression era, full of hope and lavish, swanky social gatherings. An original Erté adorns the wall of one of the suites. Authentic American pottery from such makers as Roseville and Weller graces shelves. Punctuating the moderne lines of suites are a statuette by Frankart, a centerpiece by Kensington, and compotes by Farber Brothers with ruby red, amber, and cobalt blue glass, characteristic hues of the day.

There is no mistaking the clean horizontal lines of the exterior. While the structure is historic, the feel is contemporary—clean, neat, white. The building is also highly functional, with tiered floors allowing outdoor access and ocean views for many of the rooms and suites. “Almost all of the accommodations enjoy unobstructed Pacific Ocean views -- to the south, facing beaches and Catalina Island and to the north, Malibu and west, as far as the eye can see,” adds Birmele. “We like to say we have quite a breathtaking front yard.” Located across the street from Palisades Park, the prime location in Santa Monica, the hotel is centered on the 20-mile-long stretch fronting Santa Monica Bay. The luxury boutique hotel is also just a few blocks from Santa Monica’s famed pier, premium shopping and celebrated restaurants, and is a short drive to Los Angeles International Airport.

The Artful Lodger – Total $765.00 for two persons
One Bedroom Suite Accommodation
Private Towncar to Getty Villa
Entrance and Reservation for Getty Villa
Relaxing Foot Massage at Sybaris Rejuvenation Lounge for Two
Surprise “House” Confectionary Turndown Amenity Chocolates
Complimentary Valet Parking
The Artful Lodger applies to one or two persons in the room, nightly valid through 2013.

Your Very Own Private Shangrila – Total $1,297 for two persons/$985 for one person
Veranda Suite Accommodation with outdoor verandas with view of the sea
Al fresco Breakfast
Stocked Refrigerator with Santa Monica’s famous Farmers Market produce
Entrance to Soulcycle - the ride which delivers an intense full-body workout with a fun and energizing atmosphere
Complimentary DVD of the film “Lost Horizon” James Hilton's classic 1933 novel, in which Shangri-La is an isolated earthly paradise populated by immortal and ageless residents. All are promised eternal youth.
Dual Massage at Sybaris Rejuvenation Lounge for 90 minutes
One of the hotel’s highly touted signature cocktails
The Your Very Own Private Shangrila package is priced out for single and double occupancy, nightly.

Both packages are valid through 2013, subject to availability, and is exclusive of tax and gratuity. For additional information, visit or call (310) 394-2791.

About Hotel Shangrila,
Hotel Shangrila, is perched at the midpoint of the 20-mile wide Santa Monica Bay coastline, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, with views of the Santa Monica Pier and its iconic Ferris Wheel and Malibu to the north and just a few blocks from the world-famous Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica shopping and restaurants. Hotel Shangrila is a member of Small Luxury Hotels, an international collection of high-end hotels. The 71-room property is a rare example of Streamline Moderne design, which appeared towards the end of the Art Deco period. The hotel is known for the residential feel, offering a large choice of suites, many equipped with full kitchens. Frequented by celebrities and world travelers alike, the hotel offers a full-service restaurant and bar, Suite 700 -- the panoramic rooftop bar, a pool, Courtyard, cabanas, exercise room and Sybaris Rejuvenation Lounge. Style, design, comfort, intimacy and location are just a few of the reasons visitors choose to stay at Hotel Shangrila. For more information and to reserve: telephone (310) 394-2791

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