Manhattan Beach is adjunct to Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, California. Located in the southwest corner of Los Angeles county, it is easily accessed by Los Angeles Intercontinental Airport. Christina Radish explored the area and finds a gem for you to consider if visiting Southern California
Whether you’re from out of town or you’re a local who’s just looking for some time away, Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach is the perfect place to relax and be surrounded by beautiful scenery and a fun atmosphere. It’s also a great place to just stop in for a cocktail or some delicious food, or to host a business event or function. And they can even host a gorgeous wedding.
Monsters & Critics recently spent five days and four nights at the Shade Hotel property in Manhattan Beach, to check out everything they had to offer. I had such a lovely time while I was there that I would definitely make a return visit, and I absolutely recommend checking it out. I also wanted to delve deeper into the hotel property and learn about the design, the menu, and the amenities, from the folks behind Shade Hotel.
Shade Hotel opened in Manhattan Beach in late 2005, and the goal of owner Michael Zislis was to blend California beach culture with contemporary luxury and sophistication. Manhattan Beach’s premiere luxury boutique hotel has a commitment to exceptional service, and no matter how long or short your stay, that is clearly evident.
While staying at Shade Hotel, guests can expect a sophisticated experience in the laidback setting of Manhattan Beach, with many unique amenities to make their stay as comfortable as possible. Guests are the number one priority, and the team wants to make their experience one to remember.
Whether you decide to take a complimentary yoga class, held at 10 am each Monday and Saturday on the beautiful rooftop Skydeck, or you rent a complimentary beach cruiser bicycle to take a ride on The Strand, Shade Hotel blends California beach culture with contemporary sophistication throughout the entire property. Touches of luxury on the property include the spa tubs and chromatherapy in the guest rooms and the rooftop pool.
When we asked the folks at Shade Hotel about the benefits of staying at a boutique hotel versus a 4-star plus chain hotel, they said, “Because Shade is a luxury boutique hotel, guests are treated to a more intimate and personal experience during their stay. Fewer guest rooms allow for an exclusive feel and a more central location in Manhattan Beach.”
The TempurPedic beds that are embellished with selections from the pillow library are perfectly complimented by the deep Jacuzzi tubs and cyclone fireplaces (in the 2nd-floor rooms). With a design based on California modern, with an emphasis on blending indoor and outdoor spaces seamlessly, the use of soothing, relaxing spa colors and natural, organic textures emphasizes the quality elements associated with luxury.
I can absolutely attest to the feeling of luxury with the rooms at Shade Hotel. For my stay, I was in one of the Deluxe Spa signature rooms, featuring a California King size bed, multi-functional rolling desk (so that you can even work from bed if you choose), balcony with seating for two, flat screen TV with DirecTV and a DVD player, a Keurig coffee machine for a wide range of freshly brewed hot beverages, and top of the line bath products to enjoy in your shoji-screened two-person Sanijet spa tub or spacious shower. You can also choose to stay in any of the even larger Suite options.
To start your day off right, Shade Hotel goes above and beyond to give guests the perfect experience by offering a well-rounded, tasty, nutritious and complimentary breakfast buffet, of cold and hot selections, that you can enjoy either in the restaurant seating area or in the comfort of your own room.
Beyond the breakfast buffet, [email protected] has an excellent menu with diverse choices, specializing in small plate dishes, in addition to center-of-the-plate entrees. According to Shade Hotel, “Ashley Oates is the Executive Chef, and Chef Oates’ style is clean and seasonal, with a modern twist. She creates dishes inspired by local ingredients and flavors, adding her own unique flair to the menu, and is consistently revamping and adding flare to existing dishes and adding new items, elevating the guest experience each time they visit.”
The brunch/lunch menu is available every day from 7am to 5 pm and is full of delicious options, from a variety of breakfast selections and sides to salads to main entrees. The dinner menu, which is available from 5pm until closing offers a variety of snacks and shareable dishes, along with a selection of salads, main entrees, and desserts. During my stay, I sampled the Shade Omelet, the Buttermilk Pancakes, and Pearl Sugar-Crusted Belgian Waffle, as well as the Shade Burger and the Brie & Pear Grilled Cheese Artisan Sandwiches. All of the items were flavorful, and I would gladly have any of them again.
Going one step even further, [email protected] is open to the public, so that guests and locals alike are able to enjoy the restaurant’s bites and cocktails. Additionally, they host special events, including mixers, holiday parties, and live music, and everyone is welcome.
Shade Hotel is also an excellent venue for weddings, with a team dedicated to ensuring that the needs of all are met. Said Shade Hotel, “The romantic setting is perfect for intimate and contemporary weddings, with luxe details that serve to elevate the experience. Brides and their bridal parties will enjoy getting ready in the special bridal suite, and holding the ceremony in Shade’s open air courtyard allows for a lively yet gentle feel.”
When it comes time to leave Shade Hotel, their hope is that every guest leaves feeling relaxed and rejuvenated, and looking forward to their next visit. And from personal experience, I guarantee that you’ll immediately want to start planning your return.