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Hotel Shangri-La in Santa Monica to reopen October after US$30 million Refurbishment

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In October 2008, Hotel Shangri-La, located in the heart of Santa Monica, will reopen after a $30 million refurbishment, the hotel's first renovation in more than 20 years. The new look will embody key elements of the original design of the era while bringing it into the 21st Century with a contemporary twist.

Hotel Shangri-La is an architectural gem and iconic landmark on the Pacific Ocean in Santa Monica, California. Built in 1939, Hotel Shangri-La is a quintessential example of Streamline Moderne architecture. For decades, the Hotel Shangri-La has been a popular hideaway for guests ranging from presidents and luminaries to movie stars, artists, tastemakers, insiders, urbanites, and world travelers.

Walking distance to the Santa Monica Pier, premium shopping, and world-class restaurants, Hotel Shangri-La is only 20 minutes from Los Angeles International Airport, minutes from the Santa Monica Airport, and a short drive from some of Los Angeles' most coveted attractions, including Malibu Beach, the Getty Center & Villa, and Rodeo Drive.

The full-service hotel will include 71 rooms and suites (an increase of 17 rooms), a lush courtyard with elevated pool and cabanas, social dining restaurant, lavish suites, and posh rooftop bar.

Each room and suite is being restored and modernized to include high-speed Internet connections, premium sound systems and more.

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