Hotel Shangri-La (Santa Monica)
Hotel Shangri-La is a full-service boutique hotel located at 1301 Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica, California. It is an example of Streamline Moderne architecture and Art Deco design. The Hotel Shangri-La is family owned, and is currently run by Los Angeles businesswoman Tehmina Adaya, who took over in 2004. Her late father, distinguished business and real estate tycoon Ahmad Adaya purchased the hotel in the 1983. The hotel reopened in October 2008 following a $30 million renovation. It was ranked in the top five rooftop bars in Los Angeles in 2013 by The New Zealand Herald.
The hotel is an example of Streamline Moderne architecture. Despite its extensive renovation, the hotel’s interior design maintains the original design of the Art Deco time period. All 71 rooms have views of the Pacific Ocean.
In May 2009, the Shangri-La was listed by TIME along with five other hotels in their Green Design 100. The hotel utilises many energy saving features, such as a solar powered pool, Natura Green toiletries, low-flow dual flush toilets and an on-site water filtration system.
The Dining Room at Hotel Shangri-La opened in June 2009.
The style of cuisine can be described as “California French”. The Dining Room supports a “farm-to-table” philosophy, with all ingredients coming directly from the nearby Santa Monica Farmer’s Market.
Notable guests and events
Hotel Shangri-La has been host to many celebrity guests, including Cyndi Lauper, Diane Keaton, Bill Murray, Matthew Broderick, President Bill Clinton, Madonna, and Tom Cruise.
The Shangri-La has been a backdrop for the filming of many TV shows, music videos, movies, and other film productions, including:
- Randy Newman's "I Love LA" music video (1984)
- "White Men Can't Jump" with Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson (1992)
- "The Net" with Sandra Bullock (1995)
- The rockumentary "DiG!" (2004)
In August 2012 the hotel was convicted for discriminating against a group of eighteen young Jewish people in July 2010. The group, mostly members of the Young Leadership Division of the local chapter of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces had been holding a pool party on the roof of the hotel. The California Superior Court heard that the hotel owner, Tehmina Adaya, a Pakistani-born Muslim, took a number of actions against the group including forcing the FIDF group to take down the banners, literature and other evidence of its presence and directing hotel security guards to prevent members of the group from swimming in the pool. The court ordered the hotel and its owner to pay damages and statutory penalties totalling over $1.6 million.
- Singleton, Megan (7 February 2013). "Top five rooftop bars in Los Angeles". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
- Kroll, Betsy (24 April 2009). "The Green Design 100". TIME. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
- "Hotel Shangri-LA: The Revival of Santa Monica's Celebrity Get-Away" (Press release). Los Angeles: DesignTAXI. 22 April 2009. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
- Lowenfeld, Jonah (15 August 2012). "Jewish plaintiffs win Hotel Shangri-La discrimination lawsuit". The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
- Lowenfeld, Jonah (16 August 2012). "Additional $440,000 in punitive damages imposed on Hotel Shangri-La". The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. Retrieved 5 April 2014.