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The Mediterranean-Moorish architecture of PaliHouse dates back to 1927, when sleepy Santa Monica sat at the end of the Los Angeles rail road. Today, it houses a trendy boutique hotel two blocks back from the beach, amid swaying Californian palms.
PaliHouse sits at the heart of residential Santa Monica, just a short amble from the shopping mecca of the 3rd Street Promenade, and the Farmers Market. With its collection of oil paintings, mix-matched fabrics, and antique furnishings, it's almost as if the home of your favourite eclectic uncle has been transported to the west coast and injected with a little Californian cool.
The hotel offers a collection of guest suites and residences, which feel part private residence, part hip boutique hotel. The residences also include fully equipped kitchens - perfect for self-catering with the freshest produce from the local farmers market. Guest accommodation is spacious, light and colourful, with patterned feature walls, cool white linens, and all the modern touches of a boutique hotel, and some suites also offer step out balconies. The Penthouses and some residences also offer two bedrooms, for a spacious family retreat.
The PaliHouse restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch, serving a menu of healthy dishes created from fresh, seasonal produce, as well as a coffee bar in the lobby lounge. PaliHouse also offers bicycle hire, and access to exclusive dining and special events at sister hotels PaliHouse West Hollywood, and PaliHotel Melrose, for guests looking to head into the heart of LA.
Why we love it
The hotel is located within a residential part of town, but only a stones throw from the main shopping and dining streets and the beach, offering the chance to enjoy Santa Monica like a local, but still catch the 'tourist' highlights.