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Last updated: 04 December, 2022
Expert travel writer: Luciana Bellini

The Viceroy has been around a few years now, but she’s still got what it takes. Located a few blocks from Santa Monica beach, the hotel offers a rigorously stylish update on Hollywood regency courtesy of design doyenne Kelly Wearstler.

The hotel manages to be hip and laid-back at the same time. The pool deck, with its stylish cabanas, is one of LA’s most attractive.

The beauty of the Viceroy is its ability to blend the SoCal beach experience with a high-style attitude, and it’s perfect for those in search of the best of both worlds.


Surrounding area

The Viceroy is right at the corner of Ocean and Pico, two of Santa Monica’s main thoroughfares, and surrounded by rather nondescript office and apartment buildings.

A far more attractive scene awaits if you make the ten-minute walk to the beach or the 15-minute walk to the restaurants and shops on the promenade.

The beachside neighbourhood of Santa Monica showcases the best of sunny So-Cal life, with its miles of sandy coastline and beach promenades. Come to watch the surfers zip through the waves before taking a walk along the delightfully gaudy pier, where you can ride on the world’s only solar-powered ferris wheel.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: < 5mins walk
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
: On-site *
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

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