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Viceroy: Santa Monica, California

Dec 2, 2004
Outside Magazine

BEYOND COOL: the Viceroy's neo-seventies Cameo Bar    Photo: Viceroy

Step inside this cloud-white oasis and you've entered a heavenly urban retreat by the shore. Located across the street from the gleaming Pacific Ocean, this completely remodeled hotel reopened its doors to rave reviews in July 2002. And what's not to love? The interior's cool shades are as soothing as the outdoor lounge pools and comfy chaises. Get a poolside massage after hitting the state-of-the-art gym, followed by a glass of fresh-squeezed carrot juice from the Cameo Bar. This all assumes, of course, that you've torn yourself away from the luxe bedroom, where mesmerizing sailboats float by the picture window.
Room & Board: The 163 Pacific- or pool-facing rooms have large, well-stocked bathrooms, terry-cloth robes, and flat-screen TVs. The hotel's swank Whist restaurant, popular with Hollywood celeb Tom Hanks, serves California modern cuisine—from morel-cream omelets for breakfast to fresh tuna steaks for dinner—in the airy cabanas by the pool.
Out the Back Door: Rollerblade, run, or stroll the nearby South Bay Bicycle Trail for 22 miles, north to Will Rogers State Beach or south to Torrance. Tap the concierge for information about surfboard and bike rentals, sailing classes, and the best sunbathing beaches. In the mood to road-trip? The Pacific Coast Highway is ready and waiting.
Details: Doubles, $259–$309; 800-622-8711,

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