Shower With a Rockin' View

Just the Pretty: Location, location, location. The Hotel Shangri-La's got it: It's only a couple blocks from SaMo's Third Street Promenade and a 10- to 15- minute walk to the beach and Santa Monica Pier. Plus, the Art Deco landmark offers unobstructed views of the Pacific from its perch near the Santa Monica bluffs along Ocean Avenue.

Suite, Suite Design: Sexy posh. With a curved spread of windows, the Rock 'n' Roll Suite (pictured) feels like the prow of an oceanliner overlooking the coast, but thankfully without the latch-and-hatch clunk. And yes, the veranda wrapping the entire length of the suite is private. So enjoy a true, carefree sunsplash in the spacious shower.

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