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Palihouse Santa Monica

Palihouse Santa Monica

Operating as a hotel since 1927, it’s an excellent example of the Moorish influenced, Mediterranean architecture of southern California of that time.  Although meticulously maintained the hotel isn’t overwhelmed by its history and adds a light, contemporary touch to the design. There are only 37 rooms, studios and suites, each generously appointed.  The beautiful studios feature fully equipped kitchens as do the one and two bedroom suites. Located in a residential area, yet just a short distance to Ocean Boulevard and the sights of Santa Monica. Parking is available at the property for a fee of $45 per night. 

Our rating: Medium

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The hotel has five room categories including a penthouse suite. The guest rooms are all similarly appointed the difference is often just the size of the room.

Classic rooms are 300 to 500 sq ft and feature custom King, Queen or two Twin beds, Egyptian cotton linens, rain showers, air conditioning, Palihouse bath amenities, 40 inch HD TV’s, desks, complimentary secure wireless and hard wired high speed internet, mini-bars featuring Dean & Deluca, luxurious robes, large closets and operable windows.

Grand Studio Residences are 600 to 750 sq ft and feature a fully equipped kitchen and separate vanity room. The One Bedroom Residences are 870 to 1,120 sq ft and feature large bedrooms fully equipped kitchen and large living areas.

At 1,450 sq ft the Two Bedroom Residence features two bedrooms, a King bedded master suite and a Queen bedded guest room, a fully equipped kitchen and large living area.

Penthouse Two at 930 sq ft features two separate bedrooms, each containing one queen bed. Each room has its own bathtub and shower and there is an outdoor balcony off one of the rooms.

Penthouse One at 1,200 sq ft features 2 bedrooms, the master suite contains one King Bed, and the guest suite contains two twin beds. The suite boasts a large living area, luxurious marble bathroom, one 55″ LCD HDTV and one 40″ LCD HDTV. Penthouse One also features an 8-seater dining table and two outdoor spaces — one balcony and a sunny interior courtyard,

All of the rooms are individually decorated in a palette of grey, white and blue, with pops of colours in the textiles.


Located in a quiet residential neighbourhood, Palihouse Santa Monica is only a few minutes’ walk from some of Santa Monica's most famous attractions including the shopping district of Third Street Promenade, the Farmer's Market and the Santa Monica Pier. The many bars and restaurants along Ocean Boulevard are also just a short distance away. 

Food and drink

The bar in the lounge serves a variety of drinks, juices and smoothies, the verdant outdoor courtyard is the perfect spot for a pre or post dinner drink. Although there is no restaurant on site, a light breakfast and lunch menu is available in lobby lounge and there is no shortage of dining and drinks options a short walk away in Santa Monica.

Facilities and activities

Valet parking is $45 + tax per vehicle, per day, or self-parking is $17 per vehicle, per day.  Check in is from 3pm.

Our opinion

Low on facilities but high on value, this is an intimate boutique guest experience with huge character, and offers a serene oasis from the hustle and bustle of Santa Monica. The downside to the hotel's location is that there is no parking on-site, however there is valet parking located 6 blocks away that is available to all guests. 

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