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Viceroy Santa Monica
Ranked #5 of 36 Hotels in Santa Monica
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“urban cool w/ a 'versace-esque' twist”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2011

Viceroy is a cool place...the decor and vibe is 'urban cool'. The hotel is a little dark at night, and the bar/restaurant is a noisy and 'moody' place... outdoor patio is very inviting... during the day, it is a small plunge pool area..not great for poolside sunning... if you want sun and light, go across the street to the beach.

rooms are large and are in traditional hotel/motel layout but more spacious...very cool design.. a bit over-the-top with Jeff Koons-esque lamps, flock wallpaper patterns and oversized lamps/chairs... white/green/black seems to be the motif... bathrooms are large with step in bathtubs...oversized towels, toiletries and way too many mirrors than necessary...but, the effect is light and airy. Beds are mega-comfy with great TV and wifi...

Overall - this is the coolest hotel in Sta Monica..if you want corporate go across the street to the JW Marriott or Loews which are very nice hotels... or, Shutters if you want attitude and a faux-new england experience (small rooms, and crowded pool - but GREAT restaurant!).

Like the Viceroy - it is the 'versace' hotel of the 2010's...

Room Tip: back room facing pool/garden
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2011

I recently stayed at the Viceroy for the fourth time. I f you are anything like me...my taste level is high, my expectations of service are bar none, and my comfort is key. I experienced an unmatched welcome upon arrival by Troy Pade...a remarkable man. He knowledge of hospitality and eye for perfection is key to this hotels success. It is a place where you can run into celebrities, but quite and low key as any hideaway in the middle of paradise.
Rates were great for the location. The staff will go out of their way to plan your days and concierge you to the max.....I recommend this hotel with grande praise. I will certainly be back next month. The beds alone will keep you going back...and the food AMAZING!

Room Tip: pay more for the shore/ocean veiw, and the presidential suite is just perfection...the shower fits a...
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
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laboy70, Manager at Viceroy Santa Monica, responded to this review, November 15, 2011
Thank you for the personal mention! I am so happy we made your stay so memorable. We look forward to welcoming you back on your 5th stay. Please let me know when you are coming to Santa Monica again.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2011

We stayed at the Viceroy for two nights on our trip up the west coast the check was perfect very quick and proficient the sea vies room was very nicely decorated and the most comfortable dressing gowns we have ever ever worn. The hotel facilities are superb the pool area is small but adequate during October. Dont be put off by the drab looking exterior inside it's a different world
My only gripe is the cost of valet parking the car didnt move for two days and it was $35 per night.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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laboy70, Manager at Viceroy Santa Monica, responded to this review, November 15, 2011
Thank you for the nice review. Yes the building is a bit "drab" but it is a monument to the late 60's, post war, modern and "efficient" look common of the era. The parking is admittedly expensive however as space is a premium at the beach the pricing is in line with the area and is considerable less than other major cities. I certainly hope you join us again soon and do not let the parking deter you from staying with us.

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Brooklyn, New York, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2011

We stayed at the Viceroy for two nights while in LA for a recent photoshoot. We were greeted with a champaign welcome which was a real treat after a 6-hour flight from NY.

The lobby is gorgeous, the pool is charming and the room was clean and comfy. When we needed restaurant recommendations, the concierge was more than helpful offering a short list of spots with her personal preference, a short anecdote about her favorite restaurant experience and a much appreciated call for a cab.

Overall, we were very happy with our stay-- delighted in fact-- and would happily stay at the Viceroy again. Bonus: we saw a favorite celeb at the cute little diner across the street.

Room Tip: Ocean side is good for weekend stays as the pool area on saturday night can be noisy.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
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laboy70, Manager at Viceroy Santa Monica, responded to this review, November 15, 2011
Thank you for staying with us. I am so happy that the celeb I arranged to be across the street for you actually took place. They usually flake out for they have something more pressing like a red carpet or interview...

Come back again soon!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2011

If you want to stay in the most hip hotel along Santa Monica seafront, this is the one. From the cool reception set up and beautiful lobby to the poolside chill out zones, this has it all. The rooms (and I have stayed in many) are always fantastically equipped, stylish and above all comfortable ! I would only stay here if coming to Santa Monica and I haven't been paid to say this !

Room Tip: Rooms facing sea are quieter if that matters but great atmostphere bubbles from poolside area
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
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laboy70, Manager at Viceroy Santa Monica, responded to this review, November 15, 2011
I love to hear that we can impress our London guests. They are generally very sensitive to the hip factor and that you gave us high marks means so very much. Please come again soon!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2011

I've been there last week for four days during American Film Market. Good room, excellent position and fantastic reception and concierge. They are very kind despite of being very professional. If I go to Santa Monica again, I will stay there for sure. It is ideal not only for business (during AFM happy hours here are fantastic), but for vacation too as Santa Monica beach is very closed.

  • Stayed November 2011
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2011

I love the outdoor space of this Hotel. Not only is the location superb and the outdoor space gorgeous, but the customer service is fast and friendly! Will go back again and again!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
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laboy70, Manager at Viceroy Santa Monica, responded to this review, November 15, 2011
Thank you for the nice posting. We aim to please... I look foward to providing you with fast and friendly service again soon!
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Property: Viceroy Santa Monica
Address: 1819 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3215
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Location: United States > California > Santa Monica > Santa Monica
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Santa Monica
#4 Romantic Hotel in Santa Monica
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Monica
#5 Luxury Hotel in Santa Monica
#6 Green Hotel in Santa Monica
#6 Family Hotel in Santa Monica
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Viceroy Santa Monica 4*
Number of rooms: 162
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An urban retreat at the shore - British impressions- with bold current perspectives. Business friendly- yet vacation ready- and just steps from the Santa Monica pier- beaches- shopping- dinning and nightlife. Each of the 162 guestrooms and suites offer ocean- pool- or palm views. Mascioni linens and bathrobes- custom beds with down comforters and pillows. Body and hair care products Aromatherapy Associates. In room spa services available- marble baths with seated vanities and soaking tubs- sitting areas- and fully stocked mini bars. In room entertainment centers feature 40 in flat screen tv- full cable access and movies- music- and video games- high-speed wireless Internet access- two-line telephones with speaker and private voicemail as well as media hubs. And dataports for modem/fax hookup - Viceroy also offers video check-out with e-mail reciept. A complete fitness center- 2 outdoor heated pools with private cabanas. Cameo bar- reunion dining at Cast- 24-hour room service- dry cleaning and laundry service- full-service concierge- choice of daily newspaper- and a 1300 sq foot meeting room with private patio overlooking the pool area. ... more   less 
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