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Santa Monica Hotel Round-Up

If we blocked out the Hilton $26 billion sale deal simply because the word "Hilton" makes us break out in hives, some more hotel news: HotelChatter reports the Shangri-La Hotel (pictured above) in Santa Monica--which was built in 1939--is getting a $25 million face-lift and will re-open in the spring of '08 with a new restaurant, lobby bar, private cabanas and rooftop bar. Additionally, the Travelodge and Sands motels on Ocean Avenue are getting remodeled into a two-tower 164-room hotel (renderings in the story), reports Lookout News. "The new Travelodge, with rooms in the $150-a-night range, will have limited amenities," reports the paper, so doubtful there'll be much of a cabana scene.
· Santa Monica Shangri-La Getting a $25 Million Facelift [Hotel Chatter]
· Agreement Paves Way for Affordable Coastal Lodgings [Lookout News]