Owner/Creative Director of Hotel Shangri-La
Tamie Adaya runs the urbane Hotel Shangri-La, owns and operates the Santa Monica based artist collective, Crown Jewels, while simultaneously updating her personal blog and writing for the Huffington Post. She is a student of pop-culture, art, history, politics, & more poignantly the world, is revitalizing the principles of what it means to be a Renaissance woman, hotelier, and mother in the 21st century. Tamie’s aptitude in regards to luxury and refinement is the underlying foundation that joins together opulence and simplicity; lavishness and minimalism. This is illustrated in every facet of her life and career from the crisp, clean lines of the Hotel Shangri-La to her union of art, fashion, and music that is Crown Jewels.
Vivienne Westwood’s biography and Lady Chatterley’s Lover. by D. H. Lawrence
Architecturally, the hotels Art Deco visual identity is highly distinct, which helps invoke the mood of that era in people’s minds. The Shangrila is imbued with the exuberance of the inter-war years during which it was built, a time in which, Western society and culture was embarking on an adventure into modernity against of backdrop of prohibition and the roaring twenties
With regard to the interior design, I wanted to encapsulate Art Deco’s dynamism and excitement. I also wanted to express its sense of luxury, optimism and aspiration while remaining understated.
I was deeply honored and grateful to receive a conservancy award recognizing my historic preservation of this iconic building from the city of Santa Monica.
Importance of location:
Hotel Shangrila has an exceptional location overlooking the Pacific Ocean on the Santa Monica bluffs, arguably the best location in Santa Monica, but the greatest reason for our success is our unique culture. A culture, that I believe, is palpable when you walk through the door.
Qualities that make a 5 Star Hotelier:
Shangrila is a personality driven brand which means the hotel is an expression of my taste, aesthetic and philosophy. I care not just the overall guest experience, but calibrating every granular detail as well.
The Shangrila is an oasis in a world of corporate world, which is aided further by the superb staff I’ve managed to assemble. Some of the most enthusiastic feedback I get back about the hotel are for my formidable staff. I feel honored to work with them. The staff is central to the ambience and acceptance people feel when they enter into our sanctuary.
Hotel Shangrila held a 75th Diamond Jubilee anniversary book launch party at Sketch in London’s Mayfair serving champagne and the Tamietini, my signature passion fruit based cocktail. I’ll also be doing book signings using gold ink embossing powder at our LA book launch on the Shangrila rooftop next month.
The book is a historical document of the Grand Old Dame’s first 75 years in which I reveal many of the celebrated guests including Marilyn Monroe, Bill Clinton & Tom Cruise. As well as sharing some previously untold stories about the hotel.
Tamie Adaya: A well-versed traveler, Tamie has afforded herself knowledge of culture and community that most only dream of. From Hearst Castle to the Rock Wall of Parque Guell to the lush bay of Montenegro; West Coast to East Coast,
Tamie offers more than experience through her words, she offers lifestyle.
Tamie’s Tea Time, a monthly affair, brings together an array of attendees from cultural influencers to hotel guests.
Tamie’s 18th century inspired Salons, bring together prominent writers, artists, and fashionistas, for conversation and mutual enlightenment over dinner and drinks. Her quarterly ONYX parties, often celebrity co-hosted, showcase the latest in music, fashion, and art.
Tamie Adaya is quickly becoming the barometer of cool; her palate unprecedented and her words unmatched. Tamie Adaya’s influential experience in art, travel, and fashion pave the way from culture shock to culture architect.