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Monday, May 30, 2011

The Hotel Shangri-La, in Santa Monica

Ocean Avenue
Photo by myself on Ocean Avenue around Arizona Street, in Santa Monica.

Happy Memorial Day! It's beautifully sunny here in Santa Monica. There is a constant cool breeze, so it's best to wear a hat and light jacket.

The public beach below can be accessed through parking lots. There are eateries, bike rentals and public restrooms along the 8-mile bike path that runs between Santa Monica and Venice.

I'm visiting my fiance Mark, who is here on business. We're staying at the Shangri-La, a deco-inspired hotel that was recently remodeled. 'Shangri-La' refers to a fictional Eden, of sorts.

The people of Santa Monica should seriously consider renaming their town Shangri-La. When walking through the streets, you get the feeling that nothing bad ever happens in this land of palm trees and sunshine.

Shangri-La Pool
The private courtyard at Hotel Shangri-La. Empty in the early morning, this space fills up with people and music all day long.

Shangri-La Bar
The bar just off the lobby at the hotel.

Shangri-La
One of the custom light fixtures in the bathroom. I am tempted to put it in my suitcase!

Shangri-La bath
Just half of the large bathroom. Pardon our mess. An enormous oval whirlpool tub is just out of view.

I have to say I encounter this land with a degree of New York skepticism. Really? Should life ever be this good?

Mark is more easily seduced. He has been dropping hints about moving here. I don't blame him. He is only human, after all.

For the Shangri-La website, click here.

Related posts: Sand and Surf, Mexico, Tropical Luxury, at the Caribe Hilton, Puerto Rico and Buenos Noches, from Mexico.

4 comments:

Olivier said...

la classe la residence, vous devez etre aux anges.

Alistair said...

Ah the weather! It looks great and unlike here ( in Scotland) consistently warm oh joy..........
The photo is great as well Kitty.

Beatrice B. said...

the shower is sick...grrrr

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Lily Hydrangea said...

I think I may have to move here.