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1819 Ocean Avenue
Santa Monica, California 90401 USA
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Concierge Recommendations

Our creative concierge team has roots from all over Los Angeles, working in top luxury hotels and each committed to exploring and bringing you personal recommendations of everything the city has to offer. From top sites to see with the family, to the perfect day for flying solo; our concierge team is proud to bring you personally curated and first hand tips.

Jeremy's Picks

Jeremy loves the city by day, almost as much as he loves it by night. Being so close to the beach and fresh surf, he's got a tip or two for you to enjoy everything summer has to offer. If you're looking for a music enthusiast, you've come to the right place. These off the beaten path hot spots will make for a great night of entertainment and dancing.

The City By Day 

Santa Monica Stairs
4th St & Adelaide Dr. (Santa Monica/Pacific Palisades)
For our fitness enthusiasts, there's no better workout than the Santa Monica Stairs. Two sets of steep outdoor staircases that are sure to get the heart rate pumping and the calories burning. Not to mention the amazing views from the top!

Learn to Surf LA
What better way to complete your Southern California vacation than a private surf lesson with some of the most experienced surf instructors in the state. Learn to Surf LA holds lessons year round, just a short walk from the Viceroy Santa Monica hotel, between lifeguard tower 17 & 18 on beautiful Santa Monica beach. The instructors provide students with wetsuits and foam boards to prevent injury. All you need to do is show up and have fun!

The City By Night

1301 Arizona Avenue (Santa Monica)
If live music is your thing then Zanzibar is your place! Featuring top local and national DJs, a range of live music from salsa to techno, to hip-hop to afrobeat, and all points in between, Zanzibar is sure to have something that tickles your fancy! Open every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with occasional shows on Sunday and Tuesday. 

1432 4th Street (Santa Monica)
Another local favorite for live music is Harvelle's. Founded in 1931, it's one of Santa Monica's oldest operating clubs. A true Santa Monica gem located just less than a mile from the Viceroy Santa Monica hotel. With live music 7 nights a week, Harvelle's specializes in the best Blues, R&B, Soul, Jazz, Funk, Reggae, Cabaret and Burlesque. Something for everyone!

About Jeremy: Jeremy was born and raised in the "Birthplace of Rock-N-Roll" Memphis, Tennessee, which is where his love for the performing arts began. Jeremy made his move in 2009 to Los Angeles to further his career as an actor and writer. Now with several movies out in theaters and on DVD, as well as many commercials on air, he is grateful to say he is living the dream! Jeremy is also fond of helping others do the same, so if there is anything you need to make your getaway to Santa Monica a dream come true, he's your go to guy!

Sheri's Picks

With the spring months in full bloom, and summertime quickly approaching, Sheri will give you the best recommendations for a solo trip to the city, or one for the entire family to enjoy.

In the Neighborhood

Venice Canals
Venice Beach
The picturesque canals of Venice are one of the seaside community's hidden charms, secreted away from the hustle and bustle of the famous boardwalk. The winding trails offer a leisurely stroll down paths with beautiful homes on one side and the canals on the other. There are quaint wooden bridges to cross back and forth for that perfect picture.

Insider's tip: Stop by our desk and grab a Linus bike. You can cruise from your guestroom door straight to the canals in less than 15 minutes.

Fun with the Little Ones

Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
Santa Monica Pier
The Aquarium is Heal the Bay’s public marine-education center located beach-level, just below the Carousel at the world famous Santa Monica Pier. The family-friendly facility is home to more than 100 species of marine animals and plants – all found in the Santa Monica Bay. Guests will gain a new appreciation for the sea life of the Bay, and leave inspired to become a steward of this crucial marine environment.

Malibu Country Mart
3835 Cross Creek Road (Malibu)
This low-key enclave of shops, restaurants and outdoor chill-out spaces is the antidote to the see-and-be-seen boulevards of Beverly Hills. The children's playground lies at the heart of this mini outdoor mall, with picnic tables shaded by umbrellas and sculptures to admire.  

A Night on the Town

Basement Tavern at the Victorian 
2640 Main Street (Santa Monica)
The Basement Tavern is the latest "speakeasy" to hit the Westside. At this hip cocktail lounge, located on the lower level of the Victorian event space on Main Street, you'll find retro drinks, light bites and live music ranging from indie to reggae The low-slung cocktail bar still teems with regulars on the weekends, but you can enjoy a relaxing midweek drink without much fuss.

101 Wilshire Blvd (Santa Monica)
The Bungalow is a 1947 former hotel that's been converted into a fabulous cocktail lounge.The vibe is rustic and beachy, retro and chic. It feels like you're at a party at your coolest friend's even-cooler friend's beachside bungalow — think pool table, fireplaces and leather couches inside, and Adirondack chairs, hanging lanterns and ping-pong outside.

About Sheri: Sheri grew up in Orange County. Her most magical moment being a concierge is when she helped a guest surprise his wife with an outrageous night on the town for their anniversary. From rose petals and champagne in the bedroom to a private candlelit dinner on the beach in Malibu, her day as personal romance concierge brought a tear to her eye. Besides being a concierge, in her free time she enjoys hiking the Santa Monica mountain trails with her yellow British Labrador and discovering Los Angeles’ unique boutiques and fusion-inspired cuisine.

Active Day Out & About

Enjoy a comprehensive recommendation to live like a local in Santa Monica. From local eats, to neighborhood spins, you'll experience the most of LA living with these insider tips.

Health & Wellness

Malibu Hiking 
Santa Monica Mountains 
Enjoy the outdoors and hiking trails located in the mountains of Malibu. There are several great hikes in the local area including Corral Canyon, Temescal Gateway Park & Will Rogers State Park. Guided hikes available through Viceroy, up to 6 people.

YAS - Yoga and Spin
1101 Abbot Kinney Blvd (Venice)
Having a tough time deciding between spin or yoga? YAS offers both in their special Yas Class – 30 Minutes Spin & 30 Minutes Yoga. They also offer full yoga and full spin if necessary. You can use one of our hotel Linus Bikes to get you to your lesson and enjoy one of LA’s best streets, Abbot Kinney Blvd.

Family Fun

Paradise Cove
28128 Pacific Coast Highway (Malibu)
Trying to find a spot to eat, drink and hang out at the beach? Look no further than Paradise Cove. One of the only spots in LA in which you can enjoy food and drink on the beach while also enjoying the sand and surf. 

Insider Tip: Visit us at the concierge desk before taking off for the day. We are happy to arrange a picnic to go or private transportation. 

Summer Entertainment 

Hollywood Bowl Summer Series
2301 Highland Ave (Hollywood)
Nothing says summer like an evening at the best concert venue in LA. It’s outdoor seating and encouragement of wine & picnic baskets make it a night to remember. Top acts from Kings of Leon to Drake/Lil Wayne to Steve Martin will be performing this Summer. Picnic Baskets and To-Go items available through Viceroy restaurant, CAST.

Summer Twilight Concert Series
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica’s Twilight Concert Series features LA local talent and KCRW DJs like Jagwar Ma, The Zombies, DJ Anthony Valdez & DJ Jason Bentley. Enjoy free tunes and a stunning sunset as you kick back and relax in the sand beneathe the summer skies. 

Insider's tip: Don't forget your picnic to go. What a perfect way to eat dinner, live music, salt kissed air and a beautiful setting.