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
We have stayed at this particular Palihotel in the past, but this was by far, our best stay. Hector took such wonderful care of us our entire stay. He coordinated with my boyfriend an early check in and left a lovely note wishing me a happy birthday with my favorite chocolate as a gift. He also had the staff deliver a delicious pecan pie dessert with birthday candle to our room. The entire staff were so attentive and sweet every time we went out and got back from our excursions. It was service like we have never experienced before in all of our travels.
The suite that we booked was beautiful. It was decorated like a swanky log cabin with a dream of a bathroom. The large claw foot tub was definitely a highlight of the room. It has a large balcony that connects the bedroom and bathroom. It was soo beautiful. We will definitely be back soon!
The Palihotel has some really nice staff. Everyone was friendly and accommodating, and always available for helpful advice. However I do agree with other reviews that the rooms are too dark.
The room I was in was nearly cool, with an almost-hipster, almost-homely vibe, and it would work were it not for the really poor lighting and colour choice of dark green. I had to turn on every light to see, even in the daytime, and I’m really sad to say I found it a bit oppressive. But a lick of brighter paint would sort it right out! It didn’t help that my room was next to an outside space where a rowdy group were sat so I couldn’t pull the blind up far. The outside space closes at 6pm, so it wasn’t bad after that, but after a long flight I really needed some quiet time, so I’d strongly recommend asking for a first-floor room.
I know some people have complained about the room temperature, and I agree that it’s odd that you can’t control it directly. However my room had a tablet computer that you could use to notify the staff if it was too warm or too cold, and this worked really well and quickly.
One really frustrating thing for me was that I chose the hotel partly based on the fact that there was a restaurant attached, with the plan that after my flight I could roll in there for a meal. Sadly it was closed for a private event, and the second night it was closed again. This was disappointing.
This could be a great hotel, but I’d strongly recommend 1) changing the colour to a lighter one, 2) sorting out the lighting – it needs to be much brighter, and 3) advising in advance if the restaurant is going to be closed. Then it would be perfect!
I love this hotel so much, and will no doubt be where I’m staying when I visit L.A. again, or any of their other locations. Absolutely fantastic room, super comfortable, amazing snacks and drinks in the mini fridge, wonderful and welcoming staff to say the least. Highly recommend!
Rooms are clean, bed was comfortable.
Front desk staff were very pleasant.
They do not use a top sheet so we were sleeping with a quilt that may or may not have been washed between guests.
Room was poorly lit.
We had a room with a patio doors. It was nice to open the door to allow for fresh air.
No temperature control. There is no thermostat in the room. If you feel too warm or too cold you need to use the tablet and inform the front desk. During the night the temperature in the room was too warm so I used the tablet to contact the front desk. Within a minute the air conditioning started to run. I was able to fall asleep again only to wake up an hour later as it was too cold. I had to get up again and contact the front desk to inform them that it was too cold.
The air conditioning is either “on” or “off”. It doesn’t stop running at a comfortable temperature.
I don’t think I will stay at this hotel again as I like to get a full night sleep without having to get up to turn the air conditioning on when it’s too warm and again to turn it off when it gets too cold. If this was fixed I would recommend staying here.
The hotel is very nice. Good location, great staff, nice rooms and unique design. The problem is the rooms have thin walls. You can hear everything in the next room. My room was also on the ground floor with the windows on the street - very noisy all the time. Ear plugs solved the problem.