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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This exceeded our expectations. The rooms are airy and comfortable with open windows which I adore!
The staff assisted us and were beyond helpful especially the house master greg shortt whom booked a sensational restaurant for myself and 2 teenagers. The grounds are beautiful & it is only a 10 minute walk to the beach along the boardwalk. No noise at all at night.Loved it!
The building is spectacular, the decoration is elegant and the vintage style is superb but the best is the staff. Thank you so much to Kaleb, Phil and Eddie for being so friendly and professional, they helped us for everything and made us feeling much better than in our house
As an interior design business owner, the details matter and Pailhouse did not disappoint. Every square inch was thought of in this quirky hotel. it is so charming, and so is the staff. Perfect location. A+ Palihouse!