Hotel Highlights

  • Glamorous beach scene
  • Dusk-till-dawn pool-party
  • Creative Californian cuisine

Overview

Gorgeous seaside boutique hotel the Viceroy Santa Monica takes its looks – and its vocation – seriously: parakeet-green Chesterfields partner dazzling white modernist occasional tables; deco-style gazebos are decked out with French dining furniture, and fresh-as-a-daisy decor awaits in the light and airy guest rooms. Lush, secluded grounds provide a tranquil escape from the exciting bustle of the nearby boutique strip with its upscale shops, restaurants and beach life.

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Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

162, including five suites.

Check–out

Noon, but may be extended on request (subject to availability); earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $328.00, excluding tax at 14.07 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of $4.25 per room per night on check-out and an additional resort fee of $19.00 per room per night on check-out.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast; à la carte available from $10. A $15 per room per night amenities fee – which covers WiFi, welcome glass of champagne, 10 per cent restaurant discount, fitness classes and bicycle rentals – will be charged at check-out.

Also

Not only are personal trainer appointments available at the gym, but complimentary yoga and beach boot camp classes are offered seasonally.

Please note

The patio and pool area will be closed between the dates of 2 December, 2013 until 3, January 2014. One pool will remain open during this time. Please note patio and pool area will be tented and covered. 

The hotel pool will be closed beginning 8am on Saturday, 17 May, 2014 until 11am on Sunday, 18 May, 2014. 

At the hotel

Two outdoor swimming pools, spa treatments, 24-hour fitness centre, library, DVD library, WiFi throughout. In rooms: minibar and beauty bar, flatscreen TV, CD/DVD player.

Our favourite rooms

The Ocean View Viceroy rooms live up to their moniker, with sea vistas that stretch up and down the coast. Viceroy and Grande rooms have private balconies. For oversized bathrooms with enough space for marble wet rooms, vanity tables and cat-swinging, go for a Grande Room or Empire Suite.

Poolside

The two outdoor pools are on a sleek terrace, romatically lit with white candelabra by night.

Packing tips

Don't worry if you leave your sun protection or skincare behind, as you can buy everything on site. Leave your bicycle at home – the hotel has bikes to borrow for guests.

Also

Smoking is not allowed at the hotel. Pets under 40-pounds are welcome, for a non-refundable fee of $100 per pet per stay.

Children

Rollaway beds can be provided at no extra charge. The concierge team is happy to help you find distractions for your miniature sidekicks, including surfing lessons, family yoga sessions and child-friendly outings.

Pet‐friendly

Pets are welcome at a rate of $100 per pet per booking.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Whist – a delicious-looking space with plates on walls as well as tables – serves creative Modern American cuisine. We loved the Australian kobe rib eye for two, served with garlic-sautéed shrimp, sweet potato fries, asparagus and truffle béarnaise.

Hotel Bar

The poolside Cameo Bar is one of Santa Monica’s hottest hangouts, and is particularly lively from Wednesdays to Saturdays. The martinis are killer; try the Key Lime – ingredients include vanilla vodka, triple sec and Graham crackers. Yes, you read that right.

Last orders

The last vodka-based pick-me-ups are shaken at 1.30am.

Room service

A full menu from breakfast, lunch and dinner draws on Whist's offerings from 6am until midnight on weeknights, and until 2am on Fridays and Saturdays.

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Dress code

On the smarter side of casual: jeans with heels and t-shirts with jackets (unless you’re by the pool, of course).

Top table

The outdoor tables are very romantic, but for maximum privacy, choose one of the banquettes.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Local restaurants

Capo (+1 310 394 5550) on Ocean Avenue is a long-time favourite for fine-dining Italian cuisine with an elegant rustic vibe and delicious lobster risotto. The trendier Tar & Roses (+1 310 587 0700) takes a local approach to farm-fresh Italian cuisine, with a seriously impressive wine list, to boot. For fabulous views over the beach and Santa Monica Pier, head to The Lobster (+1 310 458 9294) on Ocean Avenue, whose fresh seafood is just as worthy of attention. A few blocks inland, two-Michelin-starred Mélisse offers decadent tasting menus designed by chef Josiah Citrin; reservations a must.

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Sunny Ocean Avenue

Viceroy Santa Monica

1819 Ocean Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90401, United States

Just across Ocean Avenue from Santa Monica's famed oceanfront and beach, Viceroy Santa Monica hotel is conveniently located for exploring this sun-soaked Los Angeles enclave.

Planes

LAX airport is 10 miles from the hotel, a 20- to 45-minute drive, depending upon traffic. Most major international airlines – including British Airways (www.ba.com), Delta (www.delta.com) and Qantas (www.qantas.com.au) – fly there directly from major cities daily. Burbank’s Bob Hope Airport is only slightly further away and is a destination for domestic flights from around the US for airlines such as Southwest (www.southwest.com), American (www.aa.com) and Delta.

Trains

LA's main rail hub, Union Station, is a 30-minute drive away. Amtrak (www.amtrak.com) runs services that link up the country, and Metrolink (www.metrolinktrains.com) trains connect Southern California.

Automobiles

A car is advised if you want the freedom to explore Los Angeles, a city dependent upon driving. Valet parking is available for $35 per night, plus tax.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Dita Von Teese , Burlesque empress

Pulling up outside the Viceroy Santa Monica on a sunny afternoon, I am instantly reminded of idyllic childhood summers spent at the Grand Hotel in Michigan. That particular hotel, with its vibrant Hollywood Regency-style mix of baroque and Chinoiserie, has influenced my style choices ever since. Glamour i...

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Viceroy Santa Monica

Anonymous review by Dita Von Teese, Burlesque empress

Pulling up outside the Viceroy Santa Monica on a sunny afternoon, I am instantly reminded of idyllic childhood summers spent at the Grand Hotel in Michigan. That particular hotel, with its vibrant Hollywood Regency-style mix of baroque and Chinoiserie, has influenced my style choices ever since. Glamour is everything to me, so it’s important – no, essential – for my surroundings to reflect that. How wonderful, then, it is to pass the Viceroy’s valets and stride into an elegant, colourful foyer filled with vivid kelly green vases, and French-style chairs and chaises. Already, I feel as though I might just be in the most fabulous hotel in Los Angeles.

Accompanying me today are my two best friends – one, alas, now a Miss Smith after a recent break-up – and we head into the dining room for the Viceroy’s famous Sunday brunch. We order a round of delicious Mimosas, made with freshly squeezed orange juice, and make for the buffet tables. We eschew the obvious sweet choices – even I can bake a tasty scone – and indulge in the shortbread with lemon curd and waffles with cappuccino-flavoured cream.

We walk out to the poolside area with a fresh round of Mimosas following close behind. Sun-yellow wing-backed chairs are set around an electric-blue pool in front of white cabanas with art deco details. The people-watching isn’t so spectacular today – and aside from we three ladies with our red lips and vintage attire, there’s just the handsome waitstaff to watch at the water’s edge. Miss Smith calls a hot young guy over and asks him to touch up her chipped red nail polish, which he does with panache. Poor chap, though, having to put the ‘man’ into ‘manicure’ while three ladies, tipsy on champagne cocktails, watch and giggle.

Afterwards, I check into my ocean-view Empire suite. It’s perfect. Each door is painted in a brilliant green, with French hardware in gleaming silver, and there’s enough design ideas here to keep me going for life. I adore the damask wallpaper and smoked mirrored walls, the leaf-green chairs with Chinoiserie details, crystal wall sconces and orchids on the white cocktail table. There’s ample counter space for my beauty products, oodles of closet room and mirrors everywhere. It’s so difficult to find the right space, lighting and mood suitable for getting red-carpet ready, but this is definitely the real deal.

After devoting an hour or so to making myself as glamorous as my surroundings, I head down to dinner in the hotel’s acclaimed Whist restaurant. The lighting is cover-shoot impeccable. My friends are all good-looking girls, but in this sexy and subdued atmosphere they look simply ravishing. We immediately make a pact to use this restaurant as a seduction tool in future. I order an exquisitely perfumed lavender martini from the impressive cocktail menu and sit back to watch the stylish, buzzing crowd. What happens next only ever occurs in the chicest of chic restaurants: the waiter brings me a black napkin because I’m wearing a black dress. I’m absolutely devoted to this place – and the starters haven’t even arrived yet.

The food is divine – and I know this because I tried a bite from everyone’s plate. The seared tuna, lamb ravioli and seafood ceviche are just superb, but it’s the bread pudding and Earl Grey ice-cream that’s perhaps the highlight. I have a second lavender martini, and quite possibly a third. I can’t be too sure… Afterwards, when we decide to head to a club downtown, the hotel has a car ready for us in exactly 15 minutes.

It’s heaven to slip into my marshmallowy bed at 4am, and I sleep better than I have in ages. When I wake up, there’s not even a touch of a hangover. I order up the best plate of huevos rancheros I can recall, and wash it down with a yummy blueberry smoothie. When I finally make it downstairs around lunchtime, Miss Smith is waiting for me in the bar. We call for two more of the now-legendary lavender martinis.

After an hour or so, we head up to my suite for an in-room massage. I immediately stake my claim on the muscular guy with the ponytail and tribal tattoos. He looks real sensitive, but oh-so strong. Once his palms start working their way up my back, however, I do what any girl in my position would and fall fast asleep. My masseur may well have sat down and read a magazine for an hour, but Miss Smith and I had a good nap and, for us, that’s priceless.

As we get dressed, I am struck by how reluctant I am to check out. I’ve been looking for the refinement, elegance and tradition of those girlhood summers all my life, and the Viceroy combines the same classic old-Hollywood style with modern chic and sophistication. I’ll definitely be coming back for a weekend soon. Hopefully with a very lucky Mr Smith in tow.

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