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
Acceptable given the price. Stayed in an Empire suite which was tired with old worn furniture. Sofa had give to the seats when we sat on it. Chips in furniture corners. Bathroom is large but so poorly laid out there was minimal counter space as most of space is wasted on cupboards. Hotel in dire need of an overall renovation.
Fantastic service from start to finish. They made our honeymoon very special. It’s a lovely building in a great location. Thanks to everyone at the Viceroy Santa Monica. We cannot wait to come back and visit again.
The location of the hotel is great. We had a big room with a living area where our kids had the sofa bed. Had a good view of the ocean. But given how much the rooms are, the service level was not up to standard of a five star hotel. The hotel messed up the airport pick up which turned up a day earlier than what I had requested. My dates were clearly written on my email and it took a few discussions to not be charged an additional pick up. The hotel charges for everything including the nespresso pods which are usually complimentary in 5 star hotels. There was no mini bar menu to show it was chargeable. Neither did the hotel provide complimentary bottles of water.
Service was also very average. Staff looked like they were going through the motion. Our breakfast orders were wrong a couple of times.
With this price level, try other options.
Ideal location! Quick walk to the beach. Free bikes for riding the Strand. The hotel was lovely,the decor was very cool. Everything was wonderful from the staff to our room. It was a great stay. We wvisit Santa Monica often and will definitely put this hotel on our list of favorites.
Clean, well maintained hotel near the Ocean. Short stroll to Pier and 3rd St Promenade. Staff very courteous and helpful. Rooms were good size. Although didn’t get to use pool area it did look very inviting. Would recommend if staying in Santa Monica.