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
- WiFi in included in the resort fee
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Beach-chic Santa Monica glamazon with a swank pool scene, buzzy bar, and locavore restaurant
Fab retro-glam interiors at the sophisticated and whimsical Viceroy Santa Monica come courtesy of 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 caramel-colored Chesterfield loveseats and white chandeliers. Guest rooms are just as fanciful with lavish Egyptian cotton bed linens; Neil George bath products; a wall of paneled mirrors behind the bed that make the standard 320-square-foot rooms feel even more spacious; and sitting areas with floor-to-ceiling windows that look out at the pool, palms, or ocean. The 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, where 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 Cast Lounge completes the picture.
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. 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
Nothing special, common, ordinary... integrity of room lacking, paint peeling, carpet and bathroom old, used up... Property charges well, costs high... services lack... staff disinterested, polite, yet ineffective
We stayed here for a few days and it was a lovely respite from evacuation from our home during the fires. They welcomed us and our dog and offered a percentage off for evacuees. The room service food was excellent and the hotel service in general was very good. It’s a hip hotel for those who want to be seen and socialize with others who want the same thing. The restaurant is also lovely but you have to put up with the vibe I described. Most staff in the lobby are under 30. There is some lack of experience that showed, but not in the most important places. Would definitely return. We appreciated all they did for us.
The hotel was nice but is showing its age, the rooms are loud and you can hear conversations from your neighbours. Further more we could smell the cigarette smoke coming in from the next room. This was some what off putting as we where heading to bed. I would add the staff where great but that doesn't improve the small pool that you cant really swim in and the fitness room is just that a hotel room that has been converted with a few bits to keep you amused