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Hotel & Restaurants Advice

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Hotel & Restaurants Advice

We are heading down to California for a bachelorette party and thought Santa Monica would be a pretty place to stay. Trying to decide between Viceroy and the Fairmont. Anyone have advice on which is better in terms of atmosphere, pool, proximity to beach and nightlife, and overall service?

Also any recommendations on restaurants and nightlife would be appreciated!

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1. Re: Hotel & Restaurants Advice

Viceroy is closer to Main Street, Fairmont is closer to Promenade. Viceroy has a couple pools, both very small - but has a very large pool area with cabanas that has a pretty hopping bar scene at night. Fairmont has a smallish pool (larger than Viceroy) that's slightly shaded, but at the Fairmont is the hottest bar/club in town (this includes Hollywood), called The Bungalow.

Viceroy has a hipper, more modern and trendy feel and is close to all the bars on Main Street as well as near the Promenade, within walking distance. Fairmont is close to lots of shopping on Montana (walking distance) and is across the street from the Promenade and all the bars near there. Both are great choices, both are equally close to the beach (Viceroy slightly closer/easier to get to beach because Fairmont is atop a hill/cliff). Viceroy is younger crowd than Fairmont, but Fairmont has the Bungalow and is also across the street from the Penthouse at the Huntley, another super happening bar.

Go with whichever photos you like better.

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2. Re: Hotel & Restaurants Advice

Fairmont (Fig) and Viceroy (Whist) both have great restaurants. If you're a Sopranos fan, the Viceroy was featured in the episode where Christopher and Little Carmine try to woo Ben Kingsley to be in their movie. Many of the other hotels in Santa Monica also have great restaurants (One Pico at Shutters hotel, Catch at the Casa Del Mar hotel, among others). But there's many great restaurants in the Santa Monica area and nearby Venice & Brentwood - Valentino, Capo, The Lobster, Gjelina, Joe's on Abbot Kinney, Chaya Venice, Vicentes among others.

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3. Re: Hotel & Restaurants Advice

Awesome! Very helpful, thanks guys!

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