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
The Palihotel on Melrose was a fantastic little hotel for a recent few days in WeHo. With parking underneath, check in was easy. With only two levels, the stairs are as easy as the lift with luggage. The rooms are dark and moody with some great design elements and quirky accessories. The bed was queen and comfy, the bathroom compact but not tiny and the room was overall great value. With friendly and attentive staff and the cafe/bar adjacent downstairs, the Palihotel is a fine hotel. Ask for a room off Melrose. The only downside is no individual air con, which means if you feel the heat, you will struggle, as it constantly went off at the request of another guest who presumably shared the same venting - not great. Overall, I’d stay again.
The lighting was amazing, the downstairs restaurant is definitely a hip scene with a tree growing through the middle of the courtyard. Everyone was very friendly. I couldn't find the Nespresso in the room so the barista make sure we had free espresso drinks. The rooms are small, more like a New York hotel, but that's really no problem. Pendleton throw on the bed, and of course everything was clean. A√
It is telling that the moment you walk into the Palihotel Melrose you feel the nice vibe of the place. A well lit lobby with comfortable sofas, an inviting restaurant, an almost-hidden bar; all manned by pleasant and smiling young staffers. The rooms are intentionally "quirked up" with dozens of thotchkes that give them much character but little else. Still, the concept is worthy of respect. Could the rooms have better lighting? Yes. Should one be able to adjust the room temperature without needing to send a message on a dedicated tablet? Yes, please. Could the bathrooms amenities be much better? Without a doubt. Would I ever go back to the Palihotel? Definitely.
Can't understand all the glowing reviews of this place. I stayed in a two-twin room with a girl friend and was shocked at the dark, musty, cave-like ambiance. The building clearly used to be something else and was renovated into a "boutique hotel" using cheap fixtures to achieve an "eclectic" look. The room was lit with small lamps, and as a result it was difficult to see anything - even with all lights on, it was about as brightly lit as a nightclub. Walls were thin - it felt like my neighbors were chatting *in* in my room (clearly this is an ongoing issue as the front desk offered me a white noise machine). You can't control the temperature of the room yourself - you have to "order" warms or colds via a strange shopping system on a tablet. No phone in the room, so if you want an extra bath towel, you also have to order it through the tablet (I did and received three bath mats instead). The toilet broke the last day. I would never ever stay here again - was appalled at the quality for the price. The only thing it had going for it was the location right on Melrose in West Hollywood.
I travel a ton for work and I've been coming to L.A. for years. One thing I've discovered is there is no need ever to rent a car. I just Lyft everywhere. Drivers are kind, savvy about back roads and you never have to deal with parking. And I can stay in any hotel in any neighborhood I want. I loved this boutique hotel on Melrose. Great style, food, service and aesthetic. Spacious and comfortable rooms. Very hip and cozy. The pre-purchase breakfast is wonderful. Also in an ideal location, great shopping and food in the area. You can hear noise from the hallway and other rooms but the hotel graciously provides ear plugs and I found the guests to be considerate. This place is a real gem.