My daughter and I travelled to L.A in late october, as the first leg of a trip to san francisco and New york. She had initially planned on using airbnb, but we are SO glad we didn't, we couldn't possibly speak more highly of our experience at palihouse, it was magnificent in every sense of the word.
As soon as we arrived we were gushing over how incredible the interiors were, and at that stage we had only seen the lobby. Lila helped us with our bags & checking in, and upon checkin we were upgraded to a two bedroom suite. She was so helpful and kind, both my daughter and I were so appreciative & moved that she would just do that.
Then we saw the suite… jaws to the floor, it was unbelievable/amazing/perfect in every way. I was getting teary, it was beyond anything we expected. My daughter wants to live there, it was amazing. The heritage, spanish-colonial building is so gorgeous from the outside but our room (ahem, palace) was truly incredible. We were marvelling at every little detail, as well as the big ones (the amazing chic decor and furniture). My daughter described the room as a potential set on a wes anderson movie - it was very luxe but home-y and comforting (in the best kind of way) ...even the scent (which you could purchase in the form of a custom santal le labo candle available in your room) was beautiful, welcoming. We burn it at home now to remind us of palihouse!
Our room overlooked the courtyard and was so beautiful & comfortable... it was often a real struggle to leave for the day. On top of this, the staff at palihouse were absolutely amazing. we miss them! Each and every person we encountered there we loved! they felt like our friends, and we'll never forget how lovely they all were.
Lila was gorgeous, we loved chatting to her, she was such a sweetheart & so kind. Dan went above and beyond each time we had a question, request or suggestion. He was so willing to accommodate, and was so friendly/attentive/sweet whilst doing so. Phillip at the bar took our order for breakfast most mornings (the food is DELICIOUS as well, a simple menu is all you need when its so fresh and yummy… my daughter is missing the omelettes) ...he was so lovely, helpful and informative (regularly and willingly looked up the weather on his iPhone/googled questions we had). At valet, Hunter was funny & so sweet, and brandon was laid back, lovely & full of great suggestions on cool places to go to shop/eat etc. Tori at the front desk was so great and attentive as well.
We were sad to leave! Staying here was the highlight of our time in L.A, and was possibly our favourite hotel experience ever. we'll return to L.A if for nothing else, just to visit palihouse. PERFECT!
- 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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