Travel Blogs from Manhattan Beach
... who skidded and weaves his way down leaving a trail of rubber behind him...show off!
Cycling is clearly the most popular way to get along the beach front, there was a designated cycle roadway with cycling on the right. There were casual cyclist like us in shorts and t-shirts right up to people on racing bikes in full Lycra cycling gear, but with a speed limit of 8mph the serious ones did look silly.
We cycled along Manhattan Beach to Hermosa ...
... drifting off down the river before Charles had even got his first toe in so they had to be called back as if I was doing this it was all together, we were clearly told to stick together and that it is exactly what I intended on doing. As we gently drifted down river the cool waters were refreshing against the hot sun, then we began to hear a sound of rushing water a bit like I imagine it would sound like approaching a waterfall...what was coming ...
... We got off in Tomorrowland where we rode around with small cars and went on an exciting star trip inside a flight simulator. Some rides had too long queues for us, so everything that was more than 30 min wait we did not go on. In general the rides are interesting for all ages, but nothing scary or overly fast. At 6.30 we took front seat in a restaurant to see the parade. It was nice to see many Disney characters come to ...
... for the week.
They say hindsight is 20/20; we're counting on it because we want to remember and savor every moment from our big adventure! Even thought the school year is just getting ready to start, we are already looking forward to summer 2014 and planning our next adventure!
Signing off, for now!
June 23, 2013--the countdown begins! Our family leaves for Europe ten days from now on July 3, 2013. On the travel itinerary: Italy (Rome and Venice), Turkey (Istanbul and Ephesus), and Greece (Athens, Crete, Santorini, Samos, Mykonos, Kos, Rhodes, Olympia, Corinth, and Thessaloniki).
This will be Gavin and Cate's first trip to Europe and a third return for Jeff and myself together. Thanks to my Dad, John, I made ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Shade Hotel Manhattan Beach
My boyfriend and I stayed at Shade this past weekend - and wish we could stay longer! The location couldnt be better - right in the heart of Manhattan Beach just a few minute walk to the beach. However, we never actually made it to the beach because we didnt want to leave the hotel! We spent most of our time up on their skydeck lounging by the pool. While the pool isn't exactly olympic sized (hey, its on a roof!) - the deck is beautiful - and best of all, it wasn't the type of 'scene' you get poolside at the larger chain hotels. It was very mellow and relaxing - and they offered great poolside service. The bar "Zinc" located in the lobby of the hotel is great too - very cool, hip scene. And the rooms were amazing. Huge tub, shower, and the tempurpedic bed was an experience. You can tell they put a lot of time and money into building this hotel - and now that they are open - are focused on service. We will be back!
Nice but pricey!
I stumbled upon Shade during a stroll through MB. The hotel is gorgeous and the rooms are beautiful. The location is perfect and o/n parking is reasonable at $12.
But why is there such difference in room prices between the back and the front? There's no way any room is worth over $300 a night. The rooms get very stuffy since there is no screen on your patio door to keep the mosquitos out and they cap the air conditioning at 65 degrees. The bath tub is practically in the room, so it's impossible to enjoy a comfortable room after you take a bath.
I agree with an earlier review that events could swallow up the hotel. They are very focused on hosting events there, so be sure to ask if any of the hotel area will be closed to guests during your stay.
My husband and I spent a long, lazy weekend at Shade. The hotel is a very short walk (1.5 blocks) down to the beach, surrounded by a number of excellent bars and eateries. (Rock 'n Fish and Manhattan Beach Brewery were our favorites.) The staff at Shade is very attentive. Rooms are unlike any hotel I've ever experienced - from the twisting "cyclone" fireplace to the tri-colored "chromatherapy" lighting, Shade was definitely unique. The food at the Zinc bar is pretty amazing; we enjoyed the crab and asparagus frittata for breakfast and the wide selection of tapas for dinner (or late-night snacking). Chocolate cupcakes are to die for. One night there was a private event in the bar, so the management hosted a complimentary cocktail hour for guests on the rooftop bar. The crowd at the Zinc bar is young and beautiful. It was packed every night, with a line out the door. (Hotel guest can walk right in.) Be sure to take advantage of the free use of the "strand cruiser" bicycles to explore the different beach towns along the coast.
Wonderful and Unique
Contrary to the previous commentor who stayed at Shade, my girlfriends and I loved it! The rooms were gorgeous and very plush. The Tempur-pedic beds felt so great and the cyclone fireplace in the room was very romantic, too bad my financee wasn't with me. The spa bathtub really relaxed me and the chomotherapy lights around the bathroom helped to set the mood.
The Zinc bar was fabulous and very hip! It was absolutely packed full of good looking people in their mid-20s to 40s. We didn't mind the fact that the Zinc bar closed at 11:00pm because there are about 5 different bars within a few minutes walk. We just continued our fun down the street. It was the perfect weekend getaway for us girls!
I stayed at this hotel because of my cousin's wedding nearby. The location is really not hard to find, however, the hotel is absolutely overcharged for its redundant hip metropolitan design. What i meant is design should be user friendly for the customer, but not overused. A lot of the designs & installations in the room just totally lack of common sense. Like the cool design glass plate faucet takes about two hours to fill up the tub in order to take a bath just totally lack of common sense. The different lightning color options above the tub is another useless options. Although they are trying to integrate the home technology into the room, like the many options area light switch right next to the door, sometimes just way too redundant. I am trying to stay in a hotel which has user friendly settings, but not spending time to figure out which light switch button for which area. A bulky old style TV definitely kill the whole so called hip decor. & the hotel bar close at 11 pm, yes!!! please tell me what kind of bar is that? the hotel charged about over $250 a night, but u still can hear people walking or talking outside your room. I think Shade hotel still has a lot to improve if they want to be another W hotel or TheHotel at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas.
This hotel rooms and facilities are extremely nice. The service is great, the staff is very friendly.
The thing is though, this hotel facilities including Zinc Bar, Sky Deck, Patio, Terrace are all available for events. Chances are that when you stay at the hotel, all hotel facilities are completely reserved (i.e. closed out) for other people's private parties and not available for you, a hotel room staying guest. They would not warn you about this. If you are expecting to have a drink at Zinc Bar or use Sky Deck (Hot Tub) in the evening, you may be dissapointed as those may not be available for you.
I have never written a review of any type on the internet, but felt compelled to do so after my stay at Shade Hotel in Manhattan beach. From the minute we drove up to the valet until breakfast on the terrace the next morning, we were in awe of the hotel's beauty and unsurpassed service. The rooms are exquisite and it's hard to explain in words---the spa tub, sliding frosted doors into the bathroom, pebble shower, rich wood furniture, and tempur beds. (we are now in the process of buying one of these beds for our home). We loved the hotel so much that we brought our kids the following week where we went surfing and walked the quaint town. A friend of mine from the east coast travels into Los Angeles once a month on business and I strongly recommended Shade to him after my two visits. He stayed on the second week of December and sent me an e-mail last week thanking me for a great recommendation. Again, I felt compelled to put this in words. Great job Shade Hotel!
Shade is remarkable!
Last week we had the pleasure of being among the first guests at Shade, Manhattan Beach, CA's luxurious, chic boutique hotel. The thoughtfully conceived rooms are wonderful, with every amenity
including espresso machine and blender. We particularly appreciated the Tempur-Pedic beds and Mascioni linens. Breakfast at the Zinc Bar is delicious.
It is the lovely hospitality of the owners and staff which makes us long to return. In our six day stay for the Thanksgiving holiday, we were constantly touched by the thoughtfulness and commitment to service exemplified by the Shade team.
We always consult TripAdvisor to find the best hotels.
Shade is the very best and worthy of a trip to Manhattan Beach for the experience of a stay there!
Just opened, WOW!!
The new Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach, A few miles south of LAX, is one of the finest boutique hotels I have ever stayed in, and it's only been open less than 1 week. The rooms are nice size and beautifully appointed with mahogony woods and earthy green walls. A large jacuzzi tub and separate rock bottom shower were wonderful. Everything is push button and easy to use. A fully stocked mini bar was full. The beds are comfortable and the sheets as good as it gets.
The lobby bar was inviting, beautiful, and friendly. Easy valet parking and check in. The service impecable. There wasn't anything they wouldn't do or help with.
THe location, 3 blocks from the beach was perfect. There must be 40 restaurants within a few blocks.
The Shade is Top Notch
I had the opportunity to stage an event at the Shade Hotel this past week and the experience was fantastic. The staff at Shade is top notch and provides five star service in a lively, clean, safe, and fun California beach atmosphere. Our event accommodated nearly 100 attendees all of whom were made to feel like royalty.
The Shade is a great for vacation, leisure and fun in the Sun!