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“Very Pretty and Charming” 4 of 5 stars
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Palihouse Santa Monica
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1001 3rd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90403   |  
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Ranked #9 of 34 Hotels in Santa Monica
Melbourne, Australia
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“Very Pretty and Charming”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Stayed here for two nights. We stayed on the second floor. Room was really nice and large. Kitchen was well equipped with fridge, stove, cutlery and most crockery. Room was clean and cleaned each day. Bed was quite firm. Bathroom cold water tap did not run at all and toaster in kitchen did not work but apart from that, was happy with room. Reception wasn't too helpful any time we had to deal with them so we tried to avoid them. Elevator is very old and antique and quite difficult to get in and out when you have two people trying to get in and out with suitcases. I thought the room and building was really nice and would most likely stay there again only due to how pretty the building is and the size and lay out of our room, it certainly wouldn't be due to the service. Locality of building is really close and handy to down town.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

Delightful 2 bedroom apartment only one in complex very very spacious for family of 4 adults
Televisions lounge and 2 bedrooms meant we never on top of each other
Superb location on third st with very short stroll to the promenade
Kitchen facilities and the second bathroom an added bonus
Would recommend embassy to all

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

Not your average hotel but a great place to stay in Santa Monica, the position is excellent, on Third Street and just a few minutes walk from the main area and 15 minute walk to the pier. The hotel itself is 'quirky' nice size rooms, very clean and if you are staying for a few days has an excellent kitchen area with full size, cooker and fridge. If you need wifi this only works in the lobby area.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

My daughter (14) and I stayed at this classic hotel for 10 days until March 28, 2013. A unique little oasis of charm - inside and out - and only $165/night!
Unfortunately, "renovations" are already underway, and judging by the paint color swatches on the magnificent lobby wall, it's not going to be a pretty sight. Obviously, it will be way pricier too. Well, at least you'll all have your wi-fi..
Thanks to Jessica for everything during our stay, and to Alexis, who literally lent two hands on our last morning.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

Recently stayed a second time at this lovely, Spanish-style hotel just a couple blocks from the Pacific Ocean. We had a nice studio of maybe 500 square feet. Great mattress, nice bedding, attractive drapes, new appliances in the well-equipped kitchen, and fashionable wall coverings. As a well-built old building, internal noises were almost non-existent, and street noise was not objectionable. Housekeeping staff were friendly and efficient.

We would gladly keep this at the top of our LA favorites list. However - the Embassy is shutting down next month, and reopening in June with a new name and we were told much higher room rates (about 50%). I'm sure it will still be a charming small hotel with distinct character. Different than nearby Santa Monica accommodations. But alas, paying $350 or more a night will be out of our league.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Coffs Harbour, Australia
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

This hotel is different in that you feel as if you're a guest in a well-maintained home. It has an old elegant look about it i.e. not modern by any means. However the apartments are not typical holiday apartments as the rooms are the size of permanent accommodation with a separate kitchen, and tons of cupboard space all over the apartment. Though I prefer more modern accommodation, if the rooms were upgraded I would not fault it.
Parking is a bit of an inconvenience, but you will eventually find some.
The winner is the location in that the area seems quite residential and safe, and it is within easy walking distance to shops, restaurants, beach and the famous Santa Monica Pier.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

We stayed at these wonderful apartments in January. The apartment was spacious and we were delighted to discover that we had daily maid service. The building is stunning and much has already been said about the lobby and beautiful courtyard. New owners have taken over and are in the process of refurbishment. Hopefully they have taken note of the valid comments made on TA about the lack of wifi access in the rooms, loud and leaky heating. Parking was a bit difficult now and again but we always found a place within a short walk and it is free! There are plenty of boutique and modern hotels in the area and I hope the new owners recognise that the Embassy’s usp and charm lies in its old fashioned ambiance won’t interfere with its character too much. Location is terrific – an easy walk to all the bars, restaurants, shops and beach.

A special mention for the Embassy’s other key assets - the front desk staff Sean, Josh and Thea who were always helpful and pleasant. We will go back for sure.

Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Palihouse Santa Monica

Address: 1001 3rd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90403
Location: United States > California > Santa Monica
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 34 Hotels in Santa Monica
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Palihouse Santa Monica 3.5*
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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