First off I have to say this place is more like an apartment building with AMAZING rooms. This is NOT your TYPICAL chain hotel. Every room is like a studio apartment. The whole experience was SUPERB. I NEVER write reviews but I just felt that I had to for this one.
My girlfriend and I went on our first "getaway" and we chose Santa Monica because its not too far from home but far enough to still be a vacation. So we wanted to be close to 3rd street Promenade, the Pier, etc....
So begins the review...
The manager (Brigitta) was by far the friendliest of all hotel staff that I have encountered. She greeted us kindly and recommended a great Italian restaurant on 3rd street. She provided a parking pass that allowed us to park over night (more on that later). The front desk is only open until 8pm but she kindly called me at 6 pm to make sure i was coming in before 8. If not than she would make arrangements for check in. She explained the late check in process which seemed very easy (although we got in on time). GREAT 5 Stars
We apparently got an upgrade to a bigger suite with a kitchen. Apparently when I called in the General Manager gave us the bigger room at the price of a regular room. As I said the hotel is like an apartment building. We walk in to see a BIG room with a queen size bed, a couch, a 32 inch flat screen, HUGE walk in closet, nice sized bathroom, and around the corner was a full kitchen (stove, microwave, fridge and it was no mini-fridge, and full of dishware even pots and pans). Everything was VERY clean. Bed was super comfortable, sheets clean, and bedding was VERY soft. Think of it as a a big studio apartment. EXCELLENT 5 Stars
Brigitta gave us directions on how to get there and we found it easily enough. We DID get lucky with parking, and found a spot across the street from the hotel. There is no parking structure or anything so that was a bit of a draw back. She immediately gave us a parking pass so we would not get a ticket (you must have a permit to park after a certain time). So basically the hotel is on 3rd street 2 BLOCKS from the PROMENADE. A SUPER easy walk. From there everything is within walking distance.
GREAT 4 Stars (parking situation a little tough but we got lucky)
To be honest, I did A LOT of research on looking for a hotel for my girlfriend and I to stay at in Santa Monica. And all of the hotels were within the $150 - $300 a night range. I found this AMAZING place for $200 for the night. And for that price we got a BIG studio apartment to stay in. I'm sure that says A LOT more than your STANDARD hotel would give you for $50 less. I'm pretty sure your standard hotel would give you a small room with just a bed and a bathroom for $150/night. So the value for being at the HEART of Santa Monica was great.
AMAZING 5 Stars
QUIET, COMFORT, a lot of SPACE, CLEANLINESS, a great LOCATION
DO NOT STAY IF
To PARTY with lots of FRIENDS at the hotel, 24 hour ROOM SERVICE, full sized Pool, Bar in hotel.
The Bottom Line:
Great place if your going on a romantic outing, or just need a place to stay to enjoy yourself. Don't get me wrong... my girlfriend and I DID PARTY. We went clubbing and drinking, but we came back to our small apartment for the night and did our own "partying" heh heh... It is not recommended for a group outing of clubbing and drinking. For that I'd recommend staying at one of the big chain hotels.
- 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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