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
The Viceroy in Santa Monica is geared for LA weather with an emphasis on pool cabana culture. It can be difficult for that to come through if the weather doesn’t cooperate. Like right now. It’s rainy, cold and overcast.
Despite that, the folks there do their best to accommodate guests requests and make them feel special. They do things like bringing in big screen TVs from the outside to the inside bar lounge to let folks watch the NBA in advance of All Star Weekend.
They also do things like offering guests a glass of bubbly at check in and searching to find the perfect room no matter what was previously booked.
Viceroy Santa Monica is and excellent hotel no mattter the weather and I’d heartily recommend it! Of course, it is even better when the weather cooperates.
Checked in for one night using Hotel Tonight as Viceroy usually offers a good product. However my room’s heat didn’t work so an engineer worked fruitlessly for an hour before they moved me down the hall. They must’ve been punishing me for booking a discount online because they put me next to the gym with a view of the parking lot. Oh well I thought - just want a good nights sleep in this good bed. Not!!! Awoken at 6am by meatheads dropping dumbbells all morning. Think I will stay at Loews next time
This is a beautiful hotel, made even more desirable by the exceptional staff. At every point of contact during my two day stay, I received polished and professional help, and in the nicest way. Lance Robinson, the concierge, is smart, caring and magic; the manager, Dylan, and Kris at reception, were equally interested in my well being and were very helpful, especially when I lost my credit cards (!). I have traveled the world over, and this is one world class hotel, with world class staff.
We had the most fabulous stay at The Viceroy. It’s super clean and smells amazing! We had an ocean view on the 8th floor and it was knockout good! Beautiful decor and the rooms are stunning. Bj took amazing care us.
Couldn’t recommend it more.
We had drinks at some of the fancier hotels near by but my husband and I always came saying to each other this is our fav hotel.
They are super dog friendly too.
Thanks Viceroy! We will be back.
Oh and it’s super close to the beach which is the icing on the already good cake.
Everything about this place was great, from checking in to checking out was easy and they know how hotel services should be. Room service breakfast came in 10min. food was great, craft cocktails for delicious.