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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It is a great place to stay, calm and clean. The staff were really friendly and close. The hotel is situated just 5 minutes to Santa Monica Beach and to 3rd street shops. We really recommend this hotel!!
The room was so cute and well appointed. There was a full kitchen in the room and everything was there if we had wanted to cook. We did wish there had been a bar to have a drink. Otherwise, it was a fun place to stay.
The best service! Best lobby! I absolutely love the grounds. Everything is so pretty. I really liked the little cafe as well. Overall if you like a charming hotel with great service this is for you. I'll be back.
Hotel itself was super cute. Very photogenic, very cute. Location was amazing, everything is a short walk away from downtown and you're far enough that you don't hear all the noise. The rooms are old, some a little smellier than others, but you can't complain bc the building itself is so old. The only issue we had was that the bathroom sink did not drain properly, causing issues in the evening and in the morning for us. The hotel didn't offer a solution either, so we were just left with a gross sink for the last night and morning of our stay. Not ideal, especially at that price point.
Stayed in Santa Monica many times on Ocean Ave. Palihouse was a total change. Quiet residential street with a short walk to the main shopping and eating precinct. Can stock up on food with a slightly longer walk in the other direction but it is this element, being able to walk in the USA, that sold us. The hotel is gorgeous with some rough edges that do not diminish the joy of being in a hotel with character. Beautiful garden, great music in the downstairs sitting areas, and good supplies in the rooms. We stayed in the one bedroom apartment 302, the star room. No complaints. We are an older couple but loved being in this funky hotel with lots of millennials floating in and out, quietly working on laptops. No alcohol on premises but lovely lemonade and coffee plus food if needed.