Viceroy Santa Monica Hotel Wraps Up $21 Million Renovation

The iconic Southern California beachside property has unveiled new guest rooms, public spaces and an indoor-outdoor restaurant.

Viceroy Santa Monica Pool Deck

The Viceroy Santa Monica, a 169-room beachfront lifestyle hotel on the Southern California coast, has wrapped up an extensive, $21 million renovation project. Guest rooms, suites and public spaces have all been redesigned, an expansive outdoor space has been added, and the new Sugar Palm restaurant and bar has debuted. A new art collection of commissioned pieces, as well as interactive augmented reality works, are on display as well.

The guest room design is inspired by the beach, and features natural textures in shades of aquamarine, yellow and sand tones. Room features include midcentury-style furnishings, seagrass-inspired wall coverings and Juliet balconies. 

The hotel's lobby, indoor lounge, outdoor patio and pool area all have a new look too, featuring vibrant colors and eclectic vintage furnishings. 

Sustainability was a driving concern throughout the project, and original materials and furnishings were repurposed whenever possible. Many original fixtures and detailing were simply painted or stenciled over rather than being replaced, and many furnishings were reupholstered. 

"The renovation has reinvigorated this iconic property, infusing it with a fresh, contemporary aesthetic that celebrates our West Coast roots and pays homage to the property's rich history," explained Bill Walshe, CEO of Viceroy Hotels and Resorts.

Sugar Palm, the new indoor-outdoor restaurant and bar, is the hotel's social hub. The indoor lounge, wraparound bar and outdoor patio are designed to remove the barriers between inside and out, and the large firepit and private dining cabanas on the patio add to the allure of al fresco dining. Executive chef Jason Francisco showcases line-caught seafood from the California coast and fresh produce sourced from local farmers and purveyors. An avid sustainability advocate, Francisco will be introducing innovative plant-based dishes and running the kitchen so as to minimize food waste.