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This past weekend, the Shade Hotel officially opened its doors on the Redondo Beach waterfront.

The luxury boutique inn, a central component to the revitalization of the Redondo Beach pier, is a 34,000-square-foot structure featuring 54 guest rooms and event space capable of accommodating up to 250 guestst.  Owing to its location on the waterfront, Shade's event space opens onto an outdoor patio.

A ceremony was attended by retired Los Angeles Rams Rosey Grier, Dennis Harrah, Nolan Cromwell and LeRoy Irvin, as well as a number of other players and staff members.

The project from the Zislis Group, located at 655 N. Harbor Drive, will hold its grand opening in November.

For more information, visit the Shade Hotel's official website.

Rendering of the Shade Hotel (Image: Shade Hotel RB)
Opening ceremony for the Shade Hotel (Image: Shade Hotel RB)

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