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Shangri-La Hotel
Shangri-La Hotel

SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- The Hotel Shangri-La, an Art Deco palace on a bluff next to the Pacific Ocean, looks the way Los Angeles is supposed to look but mostly doesn't: its exterior is bright white, with rounded corners, glass tiles and upper-story railings. Its look is matched by its lore, a Hollywood haunt where Bill Clinton and Tom Cruise have been spotted among the guests and where a favorite story has it that Sean Penn courted Madonna.

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