At Palihouse Santa Monica, it's easy to fall into the rhythms of life as a local resident.
The 38 oversized suites in the elegant Moorish-influenced Mediterranean Revival style building are nestled in a quiet residential neighborhood, making Palihouse feel more like a home than a hotel.
The lobby, cafe, garden, and patio are open only to hotel guests - adding to the air of exclusivity that allows you ultimate privacy, while staying within walking distance of Santa Monica's best attractions.
The four-story building has been meticulously maintained and remains renowned for its elegant exterior ornamentation, lush courtyards and gracious lobby, all courtesy of an extensive contemporary revival in 2013.
At that time, the sleepy Embassy Hotel Apartments were bought by hotelier and developer Avi Brosh and investors. Following a major Brosh-supervised refurbishment, it reopened as the chic, uber-discreet Palihouse, one of the best hotels in Santa Monica.
The hotel dates back to a time when Santa Monica was the last Los Angeles rail stop and travelers from all over the world flocked here for seaside vacations year-round.
In continuous operation since 1927, Palihouse (formerly the Embassy Hotel Apartments) has been meticulously maintained and remains renowned for its elegant exterior ornamentation, lush courtyards, and gracious lobby.
In 2001, the property was designated a Santa Monica Historic Landmark. It was in this this spirit that the Palihouse was retailored into a one-of-a-kind urban lodge designed to conjure up the ideal pied-à-terre.
Each of the guest rooms is individually decorated in eclectic style, with quirky touches such as antlers and taxidermy on the walls, crystal doorknobs, Malibu tiles, handcrafted wrought iron, custom made furniture, and artsy wallpaper from L.A.-based Abnormals Anonymous.
Each studio, one- and two bedroom suite (up to a two-story, 2,850-square foot suite) features a kitchen, large closets, and picture windows - many with ocean views.
Hard-wired, high speed Internet and 40-inch HDTVs with Apple TV are the tech utilitarian improvements; rain-shower heads, plush bedding and overhead fans keep the guest rooms cozy and cool.
Amenities include a lobby lounge and cafe serving breakfast, lunch, and snacks all day, room service, fully stocked mini bars, and discounted access to nearby gyms.
Address: 1001 3rd St., Santa Monica.
Rates: Palihouse guest rooms start at $375 nightly. (Prices subject to change.)
For more information or reservations: contact the hotel at (310) 394-1279; visit the hotel website for more information.