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
- 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
Ants in the room we were staying in. They came in to spray and it smelled like chemicals the rest of the evening. I killed close to six ants in less than five minutes. The only thing offered was to cover the price of my valet. This is unacceptable. Shouldn't have these issues at a hotel of this caliber.
The facilities of the property are far nicer than the levels of service. Good location but I will stay elsewhere on my next visit. The hotel staff fail to follow through on promised services, offer no service recovery. The room was very noisy at night time and the although it was requested none of the seven rooms my party booked faced the ocean.
We really liked this hotel. Great rooms with stylish decor, the hotel had great facilities and the location was excellent, close to Santa Monica Pier, restaurants and shops. All the staff were friendly, helpful and polite. The only downside was the smelly bathroom drains. I'm not sure if it was due to the massive rainstorm the day we arrived but the drains in the bathroom delivered a putrid smell to the bathroom and bedroom. The staff were quick to send a very friendly and helpful workman once notified of the issue. He was great and very familiar with the problem, but sadly despite his efforts, the fragrance lingered for our entire stay.
Great stay. Beautiful, well appointed hotel and room. Staff was very accommodating and helped with allowing me extra time at checkout. Great location - just one block from the beach. Great value over surrounding hotels. Will be back!
Pretty little hotel with fantastic valet service and presseco at check in. So much fun! We were upgraded to a partial ocean view room upon arrival, however it was a handicap room (we weren’t informed of that), and the bathroom had a weird layout with a strange shower. My boyfriend and I had wanted a romantic stay, and we typically like to shower together. That was pretty much out the question with the half shower thing going on. Bummer! Also, as pretty as this room was, the air conditioning didn’t really get cold. So, I was a little warm that night. Not my favorite thing. Otherwise, the hotel is beautiful, and the partial ocean view was so nice in the morning with our sweet Juliet balcony. Love!