What We Love
- From haute couture to rock & roll, some of L.A.’s top boutiques are just out the door
- With 32 rooms, there’s an intimate scale for personal service
- The restaurant, Hart & the Hunter, is one of L.A.’s tops, serving California updates on Southern comfort food
What To Know
- If you were born before the Carter administration, you may feel slightly out of place
- No fitness center, but a smart gym about a mile away offers day passes for $15
- Parking is $20, but dodge the fee by finding a spot on nearby streets
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
The slats of untreated wood and flower boxes encasing the Palihotel Melrose give it the look of an urban hunting lodge, and inside, the knowing wink continues. Walls are glossy hunter green, lobby furniture is stylishly mismatched, and chicly disheveled stacks of books lie throughout. Opened in 2012, the Palihotel’s vibe is a little tongue-in-cheek and well calibrated to Melrose Avenue, one of L.A.’s historic hipster havens. Example: Although the fashionably dressed staffers have a friendly, professional demeanor, they can’t call your room even if they want to — there’s no in-room phone. Instead, at check-in guests receive a postcard with the front desk’s phone number and e-mail and the slogan “It’s 2013 — We figured you have a device.”
Bed and Bath
The rooms too are a mishmash of hipster chic: Accent walls of cork bulletin board material, antique industrial-style lighting, wooden ladders/coatracks and rattan baskets where a closet might be. Minibars offer both Red Bull and pomegranate-blueberry juice, as well as indulgent treats from Dean & Deluca. Yet underneath the charcoal-gray military-style flannel blankets, the beds are supercomfy, with plush, cushy mattresses and Egyptian cotton sheets. Bathrooms have shower curtains decorated with turn-of-the-century grooming products and toiletries in apothecary-style vials. Unless your room faces Melrose Avenue or is above the restaurant (the hotel books those rooms last), yours will probably be quiet. Still, the hotel thoughtfully provides ear plugs alongside the cotton swabs; you may need them if revelry is running high.
On the ground floor, Hart & the Hunter restaurant appeared on many top 10 lists of L.A.’s best new restaurants when it opened last year, and it shows no sign of slowing; expect a wait any night at prime time for dinner. It also serves simple breakfasts and lunches, but at breakfast you’ll also want to try the colorfully named food truck, Eggslut, which parks outside the hotel each morning and dishes up creative breakfast sandwiches and the namesake coddled egg and potato in a mason jar. One unique service: the Thai massage studio on the second floor. And while there’s no fitness facility on-site, the staff will refer you to the smart Train gym, about three quarters of a mile away, where day passes cost $15. At night the lobby and terrace take on a quietly clubby lounge feel, animated by the gentle ba-boomp of acoustic rock.
In the Area
Whether your shopping style is high-end, vintage or kitschy, you’ll be in your element. Just within a couple of blocks are fancy designer duds at the iconic, multiroom Fred Segal, anime-inspired toys at Kid Robot, sleek vintage dresses at Resurrection and uber-stylish housewares at Jonathan Adler. For mall shoppers, it’s a short drive to the Grove or the Beverly Center. And if L.A.’s party scene has you out late, matzoh ball soup or a piled-high sandwich at the 24-hour Canter’s Deli, open since 1931 and about a half-mile away, may be just the fix you’ll need.
How to Get There
My daughter and I stayed at the Palihotel on Melrose while visiting colleges in Southern California. The staff at the hotel were extremely helpful and friendly. The hotel is in a great location and within walking distance to many shops and the Grove. The hotel has a cool vibe and the food that we tried was outstanding. A special shout out on the avocado toast, biscuits and chocolate dessert. Also want to highlight two particular staff members, Hector and Allie. They provided exceptional service. We will definitely go back,
One and only hotel! I came in super early as my flight arrived earlier than expected and I was greeted by their friendly staff. Kevin made me feel like I belonged there and was very quick to help me with my luggage and check me in. I will definitely be back!
I've had several great stays at the Palihotel. Both the communal spaces and the rooms are cosy and very stylishly decorated. The location is fantastic, with lots of great shops and restaurants on your doorstep. The staff are great, and Luiz in particular helped to organise a surprise for me on my birthday which was very much appreciated. I hope to come back soon.