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When Viceroy Santa Monica opened in 2002, it launched the career of influential Los Angeles interior designer Kelly Wearstler and brought back 1930s Hollywood Regency style with a bang. Chesterfield sofas, an all-canary-yellow library lounge, ceramic greyhounds and horseheads, crisp white wingback chairs, patterned wallpapers, wanton use of kelly green, guest rooms decked in exaggerated elegance and tufted everything defined a new era in boutique hotel style. Although Wearstler is no longer this Viceroy’s decorator, the still-classic lobby and main floor have remained pretty much untouched, with the exception of a new seating lounge rich in white and navy blue and the freshly redesigned onsite restaurant, Cast, all reimagined by Dawson Design Associates, Inc.
The Forbes Travel Guide Recommended hotel’s guest rooms are undergoing a refresh, with new curtains, rugs and bedding — all sure to maintain the Viceroy’s opulent glamor and leading edge in the downtown scene.