Palihouse Santa Monica
What We Love
- Only 36 rooms, so the service is personal
- Quiet, residential neighborhood just a short walk from ocean views and one of SoCal’s most visited downtowns
- Plenty of indoor and outdoor space for relaxing over coffee and light meals
- Linus Ducati bike rentals for tooling around town
What To Know
- The hotel opened in June 2013
- The oceanfront, shops and restaurants are within a few blocks, but for most other destinations around L.A. you’ll want your own car. Valet parking is available for an extra fee
- No air conditioning, but it’s not necessary in temperate Santa Monica, where sea breezes keep temps down even in summer
- No pool or Jacuzzi
- Complimentary continental breakfast every Saturday and Sunday
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The original Palihouse, in West Hollywood (WeHo to locals) has been the darling of its tony clientele — including many from the entertainment industry — since it opened in 2008. Opened June 2013, Palihouse Santa Monica (SaMo, naturally) aims to be its beach town equivalent. Where the action at Palihouse WeHo is behind a façade in a French brasserie–style lobby and courtyard, the setup in SaMo is more outdoors, with tall trees, landscaped gardens and plenty of spots to chill and socialize with a classic Spanish Colonial building for your backdrop. Three quarters of the 36 rooms are suites with generous kitchens and walk-in closets, great for both long-term guests and overnighters who like more space than the average hotel room provides.
The three-story olive-green landmark building rises like a vision amid the low-slung mid-to-late-20th-century apartment buildings that surround it. The graciously landscaped garden in the front, the Moorish tiled terrace out back, the high-ceiling lobby with leaded glass windows and a vintage elevator all say, “You’ve arrived.” The room decor is tongue-in-cheek antique chic: industrial-inspired lighting, antlers over the bed, hassocks like pink pincushions and wallpaper designed with sketches of nature, palms, giant snails, ships a-sailin’ and sea birds. Corner rooms offer a peek at the ocean, two blocks and a cliff away. Bathrooms, redone in pristine white tile, have pedestal sinks and tubs with rain showers.
There’s a restaurant on-site open from 7am to 3pm and a coffee bar open from 7am to 10pm. Complimentary continental breakfast is served every Saturday and Sunday. In-room dining is also available at the hotel from 3pm to 10pm. Craving liquid refreshment? Rooms have well-stocked minibars, or you can BYOB. Alternatively, Santa Monica’s main restaurant district is just a few blocks away.
One of Palihouse Santa Monica’s key charms is the chance to experience the SoCal lifestyle like a native. The residential neighborhood is removed from the traffic — foot and vehicular — and the other hotels in central Santa Monica, yet you’re within walking distance of the oceanfront bluff park (fabulous for jogging); the dining, shops and street performers of the Third Street Promenade; the manageable, hype-free amusement park on the Santa Monica Pier; and the twice-weekly farmers markets, where you have a high likelihood of spotting a celebrity chef. Going farther afield? The hotel keeps Ducati bikes to cruise the beach bike path to quirky Venice Beach and beyond. At least be sure to catch a sunset over the Pacific.
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just completed my 4th visit to Palihouse Santa Monica. I go there once a year to visit my hometown and to celebrate Thanksgiving with my CA family. The staff is outstanding and always help to make me comfortable.
When you do old and quirky without any real amenities, you have to do a quick a$$ job with kick a$$ service. Neither of these boxes were fulfilled at the Palihouse Santa Monica. The result is a hotel which is simply over rated; all sizzle and no steak. The location is decent. The front courtyard is cute. But that's about it. The rooms, while large, are simply old, musty with a lack of power outlets and an off centre and small TV. The staff encourage you to rely on an info tablet but it doesn't come out of its slot to use which is worthy of a comedy skit. The shower and toilet are poor. The staff, with one exception; were out to lunch and displayed a lack of knowledge and professionalism which disappointed. There is no gym nor does the hotel have any affiliation with a gym; although they may tell you that they do. Competing hotels offer more for less, and are more professional in the delivery of those services. If you insist at staying at a hotel which gives an appearance of "cool and exclusive" without any real services or amenities, then go for it. Otherwise, there are plenty of other great options nearby at a similar price point or less.
Location is excellent - quiet and yet within walking distance of great shopping as well as boutique shopping on Montana Avenue. 2 blocks from the beach, as well as outstanding restaurants, movie theaters, pubs, etc. The staff was like family by the time we left - so friendly and kind.
Beautiful character building in an ideal location for shops,restaurants and beach.The public spaces are vintage hip.Our room whilst large had a completely inadequate & very tight bathroom layout- makeover needed There was little natural light and the lighting was very dim- we used the torch on our phones.ask for a room looking over the entrance garden so that you get some sun & natural light.Staff very helpful and friendly.
We love boutique quirky properties, Palihouse was one of our favourites. Great location, could walk everywhere or ride bikes, staff were very helpful and rooms exactly what we were looking for. Will be back.