I stayed in a deluxe hotel room - ie no kitchen facilities. But with many nice places to eat within walking distance, this was fine. Lovely to stay in a US hotel with windows that open! Cooling sea air was all the air conditioning I needed. I didn't have a car but didn't need one to see all I wanted in the area: most of it easily walkable. The surrounding residential streets were delightful. The ocean a 5 minute walk. If you are staying more than a couple of days and don't have a car it's worth doing some Internet research on LA buses. Once you know where to catch them from they are a cheap and easy way of getting to more distant attractions, and you see a lot en route. Oh and theres a WholeFoods market 2 blocks south and 2 blocks east full of delicious stuff, if you tore of eating out. The Reception staff are very helpful but of you are a Brit, remember that we only nominally speak the same language - be calm and patient when communicating and all will be well!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Palihouse Santa Monica is a boutique beach lodge offering 38 generously appointed classic rooms as well as stunning studios, one and two-bedroom guest suites featuring fully equipped kitchens. In continuous operation since 1927, Palihouse Santa Monica (formerly The Embassy Hotel Apartments) is an outstanding example of Moorish-influenced Mediterranean Revival Architecture. The building has been meticulously maintained and remains renowned for its elegant exterior ornamentation, lush courtyards and gracious lobby. Located in a quiet residential neighborhood, Palihouse Santa Monica is only a few minutes walk from some of Santa Monica's most famous attractions including the Third Street Promenade, Farmer's Market and the Santa Monica Pier ... more less
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