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Viceroy Santa Monica
Dramatic design, boutique hospitality and a coastal setting.
Somewhere between modern American and classic British lies the décor of the Viceroy (formerly the Pacific Shores Hotel). Kelly green, dark gray, black and bright white make up the color scheme for the blend of antique furniture and modern touches found throughout the premises. China plates and an oversized cameo adorn the walls of the wood-floored lobby, filled with white-leather lounges. Porcelain dogs greet you at the elevator doors, and the halls are papered with sleek Mylar featuring a fuzzy, embossed pattern for added texture. The interior design of the public spaces may not be understated, but nevertheless a soothing calm prevails in the guest rooms --- helped along by the ocean views. Rooms feature custom armoires, Lucite and glass tables, and beds with luxury linens. The hotel is well situated in Santa Monica: one block from the beach and just a few from the Santa Monica Promenade shopping area. A library is located off the lobby, also featuring a surprising and curious décor, this one with a mustard yellow and brown theme. Two plunge pools can be found out back amid chaises and private cabanas, and a fitness center is available with equipment and free weights. For a relaxing evening in, CAST restaurant serves a globally-inspired menu.
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