Viceroy Santa Monica
What We Love
- Retro-glam interiors by designer Kelly Wearstler
- Two heated outdoor pools surrounded by Moroccan-inspired poolside cabanas
- Great location a stone’s throw from the Santa Monica beach and a short walk to the pier and shops
- Accommodating concierges who know LA like the back of their hands
What To Know
- All rooms come with step-out balconies, but only a quarter face the ocean
- LAX is 25 minutes away but often takes much longer due to traffic
- Light sleepers should request a high room to avoid the nighttime clamor on the pool terrace
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Fab retro-glam interiors are courtesy of Viceroy Hotel Group muse and celeb designer Kelly Wearstler. The lobby is a study in glamour and drama, with splashes of parrot-green and canary-yellow that pop against a palette of mostly black and white. Caramel-colored Chesterfield loveseats and leather club chairs surround glass coffee tables, above which hang white chandeliers. One wall features a display of whimsical china, while another is covered in patterned damask wallpaper. And there are mirrors, lots of them.
Bed and Bath
Guestrooms are just as fanciful as the rest of the hotel, with lavish Egyptian cotton bed linens, Neil George bath products and sitting areas with floor-to-ceiling windows that look out at the pool, palms or ocean. The decor is done up in beach tones of muted sea foam blue and sandy cream. And a wall of paneled mirrors behind the bed make the standard 320-square-foot rooms feel even more spacious.
Sophisticated and whimsical, the Viceroy Santa Monica offers delectable cuisine and a breezy indoor/outdoor vibe — all within a block of the beach. Helmed by chef Tony DiSalvo, Cast restaurant uses local ingredients for dishes like burrata pesto crostini and grilled lamb with heirloom carrots and massaman curry. (For dessert, the zesty Meyer lemon tart is a must.) The scene around the two plunge pools is among the sexiest in La La Land. Pretty young things lounge in private poolside cabanas with a glass of champagne in one hand and a canapé in the other. Come nightfall, microdresses and spiky heels replace teensy bikinis and sunglasses, and a live DJ turns top hits on Saturdays. Firm up your beach body with a personal trainer at the state-of-the-art fitness center, in a poolside yoga or Pilates class, a guided canyon hike or a surfing lesson. The vibrant atmosphere at Cameo Bar completes the picture at this buzz-worthy LA hotspot.
In the Area
The hotel offers invigorating Saturday morning outings that combine 30 minutes of hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains with 20 minutes of yoga followed by breakfast at Cast. Head to pedestrian-only Third Street Promenade and do as Angelenos do: eat, shop, see and be seen. Ask the concierge to arrange a one-on-one surfing lesson with Malibu Makos. (Private lessons cost $100 per person.) Ride the world’s only solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica Pier and get a bird’s-eye view of the city at sunset.
How to Get There
Many family members of various ages stayed here while attending festivities and local sights.
Everyone seemed to be comfortable and happy. I did not receive any criticisms or complaints.
I think the lobby and rooms can use a renovation but in any case were pleasing enough.
Generally a wonderful hotel all around except in the value category. Room prices high relative to neighboring Five Star hotels that have additional services such as turn down, luxe pool and spa. Otherwise great spot!
This hotel is well located at the southern end of Santa Monica so easy to get to Venice, Malibu, Palisades, if that's your location focus. It's a boutique hotel with friendly staff who were efficient in the few instances I needed to interface with them. Check in, Check out went smoothly, hotel is very clean, decor is not to my taste but many love it. The pool area is busy, compact, social. It was Friday night on my visit and there was a DJ playing not very inspired pop and electronic music that echoed up into the rooms overlooking the pool. I didn't eat on site, nor go to the bar so I can't comment on the food or beverage areas. A solid choice if you don't mind being somewhere with a busy vibe. If you want calm/peaceful this would not be for you.
Wonderful hotel within a 5 minute walk to the Santa Monica Pier and Venice beach walk, but away from the hustle and bustle of the tourists. The hotel smells great from the lobby to your room... my room had an amazing view! Super clean and the staff is super friendly! The bellhop recognized me on the beach and stopped to say hello and asked if I was enjoying my stay. Would definitely recommend and stay there again!!!
We stayed at this hotel for a couple of nights as the first stop on a US road trip. We’d flown straight in from London and our 10 year old had really bad travel sickness. When we arrived at the hotel the welcome team couldn’t have been more kind or helpful. They got us settled super quickly, with a selection of things to make our son feel better. Slice of birthday cake waiting in the room. Smart interconnecting rooms which are great for families. Really good breakfasts on the pretty terrace. Good location.