Beautiful old building and grounds. Recently purchased and renovated. Inferior location compared to most properties; three very long blocks to beach and miles from the Pier. We booked a "Classic Suite" advertised at "300 sq ft". It was the smallest single room I have ever stayed in. (And that includes many in Europe) We are talking Small) two feet around bed. Suite of what? No room to sit, the closet and the bathroom was so small you couldn't turn around in them. Hugely over priced. Extremely high parking rate and ridiculous three figure pet fee were hidden and more than most rooms. Amenities were laughable, no tissue "we don't supply that" in room, cheap, toiletries, outrageously priced many bar. There is apparently no management on site. I will say that the staff was very good, but could do nothing to alleviate the ripoff. I got the credit card bill and they added items we still don't understand. It appears that the new owners are trying to pay off the renovation in the first month. If you decide to stay here, make sure you understand the actual room size and all the extra fees before you book. The best properties in Santa Monica are only a very few dollars more., Pity for this beautiful old Embassy Lady.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Palihouse Santa Monica is a boutique beach lodge offering 38 generously appointed classic rooms as well as stunning studios, one and two-bedroom guest suites featuring fully equipped kitchens. In continuous operation since 1927, Palihouse Santa Monica (formerly The Embassy Hotel Apartments) is an outstanding example of Moorish-influenced Mediterranean Revival Architecture. Located in a quiet residential neighborhood, Palihouse Santa Monica is only a few minutes walk from some of Santa Monica's most famous attractions including the Third Street Promenade, Farmer's Market and the Santa Monica Pier. Complimentary Continental Breakfast is offered at our lobby lounge for guests on Saturdays and Sunday. ... more less
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