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
- 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
We loved the Palihotel—quaint and chic accommodations, very nice staff in a wonderful Melrose location! We were able to walk to shops, great restaurants, Bamboo tattoo parlor, and a fun night of comedy at the Improv. If you want to stay put, the hotel has a great restaurant/cafe downstairs and this was a good way to get a quick cup of coffee in the AM since there is no coffee pot in the room. They open at 7 AM. There is a cat cafe (yes, you can play with cats there) close by and a Starbucks about a 10 minute walk away. It was a quick Uber ride to the Ultimate Hollywood tour which we really enjoyed. There is parking beneath the hotel for $25 per night if you need it. Great hotel in a great spot!
I've been staying at the Palihotel for a couple years now on business. It's the more budget friendly sister hotel to the Palihouse, and near Melrose & Fairfax, a busy, walkable neighborhood good for restaurants, and away from the party scene in WeHo or Hollywood. The place is very charming, great decor, inviting minibar, great restaurant downstairs, and super comfy beds with nice sheets (I always stay in a single room--spacious but the bed is too small for two grown people), and feel it's a good value for what I'm getting.
I've always appreciated the service, which makes this my home away from home, but today they outdid even themselves. While they have an espresso machine in the lobby for the wee hours of the morning before the restaurant opens, there are no machines in the rooms. I have, ahem, mentioned this a couple of times at the front desk and when I checked in today not only were there fresh-baked cookies waiting for me, they brought up an espresso machine to my room--purchased just for me to use when I come here! Now, my sister-in-law always makes fun of me for the time Gilt.com sent me flowers for Valentines Day I was doing so much shopping on their site, but a hotel buying an espresso machine for a coffee addicted guest to use when she's here? That takes the cake.
Thank you, kind people of Palihotel. I am yours, loyal for life. It just keeps getting better every time I come stay...
I travel frequently to the Hollywood area for work and fun every since I moved away in 2014. Now Palihotel is my home away from home. The people that work there are so friendly and remember me each time I return. The rooms are so comfortable and nicely decorated. And the minibar snacks can't be beat. Also, the location is amazing being right smack dab in the middle of Hollywood/West Hollywood and just around the corner from Fairfax where there are a ton of great restaurants and bars. I recommend to all of my friends to stay here when they are going to Los Angeles.
This is my new go-to hotel when in Los Angeles. On my way to my first visit, my car broke only 2 exits away from the hotel. As the tow truck transported me, Kevin, the front desk receptionist, assured me that all will be well regarding parking. And it was!
Then - the hotel... The whole atmosphere of this gem brings the flavors of burlesque and vaudeville, gin and absinthe...
I grew up in the hotel business in South East Europe... The Palihotel is unique...
What can I say? The staff is absolutely amazing, helping with all the little questions one might have when just arrived, the rooms are stylish and comfy, as well as the hotel in total. The food served in the connected restaurant is reasonably prized for the high quality and surprises in terms of presentation and taste. I can highly recommend this small but smoothly run and well organized hotel in an interesting and lively Part of LA. Looking forward to returning here.