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Guests have it made in the shade when staying at this chic Manhattan Beach boutique hotel.
From entrepreneur/restaurateur/hotelier Michael Zislis (The Strand House, ROCK’N FISH), Shade makes it a goal to deliver top-notch service in a luxe hospitality ecosystem. Adjacent to dining and shopping destination Metlox Plaza (a former pottery factory that produced the ceramic sign for the Pantages Theater in Hollywood), Shade is an upscale property conveniently located within walking distance of the pier and beach, and just 15 minutes from Los Angeles International Airport. The area is known for its beauty – it is nicknamed the “Pearl of the South Bay” and has been used as a filming location for numerous movies and television shows, including “Jerry Maguire,” “Point Break,” “The O.C.” and “90210.”
The décor reflects the surrounding scenery, with sky blue, sandy beige and dark wood accents throughout. The 33 guest rooms and five suites come with an array of unique features, most notably the two-person Sanijet hydrotherapy tubs with color therapy lighting systems; although part of an open-plan room design, they can be closed in with folding shoji screens for privacy. Additional amenities include flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi Internet access, Heat & Glo Cyclone gas fireplaces and personal safes with power supplies for laptops. The Napa Suite comes with two complimentary bottles of California wine, and the Executive Studio Suite provides conveniences for extended-stay guests such as a separate dining/living room with a dining table, built-in desk area with a printer and fax machine and expanded wet bar with a sink, refrigerator and microwave.
Guests can stop by Shade’s lobby restaurant and bar, zinc@shade, for contemporary cuisine and small plates, as well as craft cocktails and 40-plus wines by the glass. Seating options include the bar, low lounge tables or the outdoor patio. In addition, there is the rooftop Skydeck bar with a plunge pool for cooling off on hot summer days. Guests also enjoy a daily complimentary breakfast buffet, as well as 24-hour room service.
Locals and visitors alike participate in beach activities such as surfing, volleyball and good, old-fashioned sunbathing. Complimentary bicycles are available from the hotel for exploring the local scene or taking the bike path south to Redondo Beach or north to Marina del Rey. Guests also have complimentary access to Equinox Fitness Club (approximately three miles away), and can enjoy a full range of spa services (as well as in-room treatments) from Trilogy, Shade’s spa partner, located adjacent to the hotel. A boardroom, courtyard and breakout spaces are available for meetings.
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