I stayed twice last year; firstly two days R&R following a conference in Orlando (LA is Disneyland for grown-ups) and longer at the end of a significant birthday, (I’m not getting any younger), best-of-California bash. I was intrigued by the Palihouse longer-stay concept, but equally well aware that there are many interesting and well-reviewed hotels in LA. I took a punt, sight unseen by all for the first stay. Helped by my two bookings, I was upgraded on both occasions. Like others, I loved the lobby and grounds and the room space and separate kitchen, especially with two Whole Foods within walking distance. Let's face it - much of LA is a no-go zone without a car; in contrast I enjoyed checking out the neighbourhood, the proximity to Third Street promenade, and longer, somewhat ambitious walks to Venice and a dinner reservation, and also to a great public swimming pool on 16th street. The Palihouse app has some great local recommendations. I also saw a good deal of LA by car, and having made it as far as Silverlake, and also arriving from San Francisco on the PCH, reckon Santa Monica, and the Palihouse is very much a sweet spot.
Downsides? Well as a grown up I can cope with a 1920s bathroom which comes with somewhere intriguing and with a history, so no problems for me. First trip I ditched my car reservation as an experiment and embraced the bus – it's better than you might expect, fantastic for people-watching, but slow for longer trips (ie figure on well over an hour to Wilshire and LACMA) and requires some research. Second time with the car added some unwelcome stress and I really hope this can be resolved. The team helped us out with a parking permit, but hunting that elusive spot on return was almost a disincentive to go anywhere. Otherwise, well LA is vast and it’s an obvious point to consider whether Santa Monica as a location works for you. For example, it’s a schlep to the nightlife if that’s important (I considered a two-centre Palihouse stay given the West Hollywood option.) Ultimately I loved the beach, cycling, running and nearby hiking options – and the fantastic late afternoon light.
- 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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