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Great Place to Stay and Play!
I was lucky enough to stay at Shade during my husband's office Christmas party. We live close by so I never thought I would be staying at the hotel- we usually just visit the Zinc Lounge in the lobby which is a fun place to grab a drink and meet friends.
These rooms are amazing!
The bed is a memory foam that really molds to your body- offering an amazing night sleep. They bed frame is a gorgeous dark wood with a great built in table for breakfast in bed :)
The bathroom is super modern and has really cool lights that change color for effect and also they are said to be "mood therapy".
Also- this hotel was decorated and designed by Christopher Lowell- Interior Design guru and tv star- which a cool little fact that I surely appreciated.
Unique Quality: The penthouse has a built in bar with beer on tap, plasma TVs and lots of comfy couches. This really is a great place to party with a big group after the bar downstairs closes- we got to hang out in here and a great time was had by all!
Hollywood at the Beach
When Shade opened up in Manhattan Beach, it brought in some elements that were previously missing from Manhattan: (1) an upscale, luxury, boutique hotel; and (2) a trendy, Hollywood-style crowd. Hard core Manhattan Beach traditionalists are angry that a yuppie, trendy spot like Shade has invaded their town. All of the yuppie, trendy folks are happy that there's an upscale "hip" place to go. While I tend toward the traditionalist crew and feel more comfortable throwing them back at Shellback or Ercole's, I have to admit, I'm a fan of Shade. While the crowd can be unbearable, its a nice place to grab a drink and hang out when you feel like a nicer option. On nice days during the summer, the roof top deck is the perfect spot for a sundownder!!!
Staying at Shade is a treat. While the rooms aren't big and very pricey (to say the least), they're modern and very upscale. I personally love the fact that each room has tempurpedic mattresses. You'd have to have a serous case of insomnia to not be able to get a good night sleep in one of those babies.
Unique Quality: Trendy, stylish boutique hotel with quality bar/lounge. Shade was one of 19 US hotels named to Conde Naste's "Hot List" in 2007.
Directions: In the Metlox Center (top of the hill in downtown Manhattan Beach).
Manhattan's Boutique Hot Spot
Shade hotel is amazing! It is a contemporary boutique hotel with a relaxing aura and is close to the best restaurants and nightlife Manhattan Beach has to offer. It's pricey but worth the pretty penny if you take advantage of the great rooms and surprisingly trendy nightlife. The rooms all have tempur-pedic beds (the foam beds that NASA created and apparently you can drop a bowling ball on one end of the bed without spilling a glass of wine -which is sitting on the other end of the mattress). The rooms also have jacuzzi baths and are outfitted in dark cherry wood and soothing colors.
The hotel has beach cruiser bikes to rent (not sure if you have to pay extra for them) which are a staple of the south bay lifestyle.
Unique Quality: Nightlife is insanely popular and the upstairs "dipping pool" is quite refreshing even though it's not a typically 'cold' swimming pool. In Manhattan Beach, there is a city ordinance disallowing homes owners and business owners to have roof-top pools (I believe this is for noise control). Hence, Shade has a "dipping pool" on the roof that stays at roughly 85 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer and can be brought to a nice boil to become a hot tub at night.
Upscale Boutique Hotel in downtown M.B.
I've never stayed here, but I've seen the rooms, and visited the hotel several times. A few of my friends have stayed here and loved the location (right in the middle of town). The lounge is quite a sceen on Friday & Saturday nights - Think Hollywood comes to Manhattan Beach. Good place to grab a Martini.
I don't think this is a very quite place to stay...Judging from the central location.
Unique Quality: Sun deck and small pool on the roof. Partial view of the ocean.
Directions: Just off Manhattan Beach Blvd. 1/4 east of the pier.
Hollywood comes to Manhattan Beach
Friends have stayed at Shade and tend to have good things to say about it. Definitely for the younger crowd. Centrally located in Manhattan Beach's new outdoor mall area just east of the pier on Manhattan Beach Blvd.
Unique Quality: Has a pretty swank cocktail lounge downstairs where many hipsters start their night off. Hotel Bar closes at 11:00 on weekends (homes across the street).
Directions: From LAX take Sepulveda to Manhattan Beach Blvd. take a right. go west until you see the ocean. take a right on Ardmore and then U-Turn at 15th street onto Valley. Shade valet will be on your right hand side before you get back to M.B. blvd.
It's A Super Duper Hotel
My boyfriend and I had a great stay here. Its a new hotel right in Downtown Manhattan Beach - great location in a new open-air mall development. The hotel is modern with soft accent colors that invokes feelings of peace and comfort. The bar is super trendy right now and although it closes at 11pm, you will for sure be waiting in line on the weekends to get in. They serve great appetizers and breakfast. The rooms are awesome- very unique and nothing like you've stayed in before. There are only 38 rooms and a couple of suites. Each room had a tempurpedic mattress, a whirling fireplace, a flat screen TV, and a high end jacuzzi tub. The mini bar is equipped with a blender, espresso machine, and shaker. The shower is lined with stones and the bathroom ceiling is lined with lights that change colors every 5 seconds. Its comfortable and very nice. And its located next to a french bakery, a couple good restaurants, and a great spa.
Directions: In the new Metlox mall in downtown manhattan beach
Downtown Manhattan Beach Boutique Hotel
This place is brand new and looks great. The location is perfect because it is walking distance to everything Manhattan Beach has to offer. It is in the new multipurpose center on the corner of Manhattan Beach Blvd and Valley Drive, called Metlox (which is named after the old pottery factory which used to be there). I'll update this as i learn more about it.
Directions: Corner of Manhattan Beach Blvd and Valley Drive in Downtown Manhattan Beach
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Address: 1221 North Valley Drive, Manhattan Beach, California, 90266, United States
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Amenities at Shade
- Swimming Pool
- Wheelchair Accessible
- Room Service
- Business Services
- Pets Allowed
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High Speed Internet
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