Room Rave ~ The Viceroy, Santa Monica CA
June 6, 2011
You know I love to travel, right? Part of the fascination for me are the hotels we stay in. It is my opportunity for design voyeurism into a a world or lifestyle we might not otherwise normally live. Take for instance The Viceroy in Santa Monica. It was love at first sight. Literally. Design Diva Kelly Wearstler (she’s like a rock-star in our business) gave The Viceroy an overhaul – or they like to say she “reimagined it” – in 2002. Her trademark bold sense of color gives the post millennium design a retro-chic vibe. An overall monochromatic color scheme (black, white and gray) is punched by hits of parrot green and sunshine yellow. And oh my the mirrors – you better love to look at yourself. There are mirrors everywhere and if it’s not a mirror then it is some sort of metallic wallcovering or the like. Lovely.
For instance the lobby (shown above) has framed mirrors all over – small, medium and large – choose your liking. Or in the dining area where mirrors line the wall:
I squealed with delight (yes, literally) when hubby opened the room to our suite last month. He knows how much I enjoy well designed hotels, especially boutique gems. He booked completely on his own and boy did he do a good job. He also knows me well enough to not start dumping things all over the room without me taking photos first. So I whipped out my camera like sunscreen at the pool and the photo shoot began.
Funny photo – I know. But I couldn’t resist the parrot green door to our room.
The sitting area – don’t you just love the punch of yellow?
This divider is a nice way to break the view from the entrance door.
This Queen Anne chair painted sunshine yellow is a happy way to greet guests at the front door (I love the bright white slick vinyl):
There was not one swinging door in the entire suite. Every door was a rolling door like this large one to the bathroom:
Ok, I take that back. There IS one set of swinging doors. It’s actually to the built-in bar area. Here it is closed:
The bathroom was well appointed with lots of storage and even stocked with Neil George goodies – one of my favorites!
And the bedroom….oh this bed (it’s a SERTA!). I could have stayed here all day – if only we didn’t have so much exploring to do…..
And the view???
My only regret? We didn’t have more time to spend at the Viceroy….
Note: Pictures 1 and 2 as well as the “Library” came from the Viceroy website – all others were taken by me!