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Alexandria, Virginia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loved this funky, historic and unique hotel. Santa Monica has plenty of predictable places to stay. They're all expensive even as many are downright mediocre. The Palihouse is not cheap, but reasonably priced for the area and what you get, which is a buffer from the overcrowded scene right on the beach, great charm, real flair, huge rooms, amazing... More 

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PalihouseManagement, Front Office Manager at Palihouse Santa Monica, responded to this review

Dear 43reds, Thank you for your wonderful 4-star review and recognizing our unique offering in Santa Monica! Palihouse refreshed the hotel, without removing any of the special qualities that makes this building unique, like the large operable doors and windows, the wooden ceiling beams and classic barista bar that was once the reception area. With that in mind, there are... More 

Victoria, Canada
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33 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very unique hotel. It was built in 1927 and there are a lot of wonderful architectural aspects that still remain. The main structure with the beautiful wood throughout the building. The building is just beautiful and maintains the original design. The "lift or elevator is original from the 1940's". All the rooms have been remodeled and are... More 

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PalihouseManagement, Front Office Manager at Palihouse Santa Monica, responded to this review

Dear Kathy D, Thank you for your 4 star review! We’re glad that you appreciate and understand how special this historic building is. We worked extremely hard in preserving mostly everything that made this building unique, including all of the things you mentioned, while still adding our own Pali-style. Although we don’t have a bar or pool, we do encourage... More 

Ojai, California
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I really didn't know what to expect so this is, in my opinion, the pros and cons. Pros: Its a historic building and very interesting. The bed was comfortable and I slept well. I was not there on a weekend so the breakfast was not complementary but very good and I enjoyed it on their very nice garden patio. Cons:... More 

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PalihouseManagement, Front Office Manager at Palihouse Santa Monica, responded to this review

Dear BigBearMom1, Thank you for taking the time in sharing your thoughts with us! We are glad you enjoyed our comfortable beds, so we’re happy you were able to get a good night’s sleep. Although our complimentary breakfast is only available over the weekend, I'm sure you would agree that our a la carte breakfast is pretty delicious! Given that... More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stayed here for two nights in July. The hotel is very elegant and old (some interesting decor, we had joked it was haunted--it's not, don't worry). Our room overlooked the entrance with the fountain, and it was very nice and clean. We had to sleep with the window open to keep the room cool (we talked to another guest at... More 

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PalihouseManagement, Front Office Manager at Palihouse Santa Monica, responded to this review

Dear michjayy, Thank you for your 4 star review! We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Whilst our gorgeous landmark historic building does not have air conditioning all rooms have operable large windows and doors (as well as free standing fans + heaters). All of our rooms do also have screen doors so we will make sure this... More 

Los Angeles, California
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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I travel alot and am in the hotel business but too many call themselves boutique but this is what boutique is about. Starts with the great courtyard in the front, Boccee ball and a great spot to hang out and work or grab coffee in front. Next is the amazing lobby, perfectly appointed furniture and rich historic details. But what... More 

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PalihouseManagement, Front Office Manager at Palihouse Santa Monica, responded to this review

Dear rko2013, Thank you for your wonderful 5-star review. We are sincerely flattered by your positive feedback. We take pride in offering the quintessential boutique experience as well as providing the best possible service and it’s always rewarding when someone who works in hospitality recognizes our efforts. We look forward to welcoming you back again! Finest regards, Dan Arana |... More 

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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

Phenomenal customer service by Ryan while checking in at midnight. Beautiful and charming room with super comfortable beds and bedding. Walking distance to anything you could want in Santa Monica. This was my second stay here and I'll be back. It feels like a west coast Greenwich Hotel.

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Thank Christy C
PalihouseManagement, Front Office Manager at Palihouse Santa Monica, responded to this review

Dear Christy C Thank you for your 5 star review! We will also gladly share your kind words with Ryan as well. We are happy you enjoyed yourself with us and we look forward in welcoming you back again in the near future. Cheers! Dan Arana | Assistant Housemaster More 

Dallas, Texas
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13 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

I liked this place. It was old, but updated with very cool decor. In a quiet neighborhood, only a few blocks from the beach and from 3rd street promenade. I had a one bedroom suite and it was HUGE. Overall - good location and great design. Would be a 5 star review if they had a bar.

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PalihouseManagement, Front Office Manager at Palihouse Santa Monica, responded to this review

Dear Iwittig2016, Thank you for your 4 star review and your wonderful comments! It is true that we do not have a bar, but our guests are certainly able to BYO (bring their own) wine, beer & spirits and enjoy them in the lobby or in your suite. We are very happy you enjoyed staying at this historic building and... More 

Ventabren, France
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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016 via mobile

We booked a room advising we would have been 4 people. At our arrival the Reception said they would put 2 extra beds for our children later . When we came back in the evening no extra bed was made and none was available. The reception said The children could only sleep on the floor with a thin matress. For... More 

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PalihouseManagement, Front Office Manager at Palihouse Santa Monica, responded to this review

Dear denise t, We apologize we were not able to meet your expectations. We try our best to accommodate for rollaway beds, but unfortunately we do not guarantee them simply because we cannot predict the popularity of the request. We did offer to give you a secondary room with twin beds at a lower rate, but the offer was not... More 

Leeds, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016 via mobile

We stayed here for 5 nights as a birthday treat - and loved the hotel! There is so much character with fantastic decor & original features! We were upgraded to a corner studio, a lovely room with kitchenette, walk-in wardrobe & balcony! The elevator has been mentioned in previous reviews, but that is part of the charm - remember this... More 

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PalihouseManagement, Front Office Manager at Palihouse Santa Monica, responded to this review

Dear 1uv2travel, Thank you for all of your kind words! We are very happy in hosting you for your birthday and we look forward to your next visit in the near future! Cheers, Dan Arana | Assistant Housemaster More 

Cockermouth, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

This hotel was a really pleasant surprise. We had travelled from Chicago to Santa Monica and stayed in many hotels along the way. This was by far and away the most relaxing hotel we stayed in. Beautiful courtyards which offer a peaceful retreat from the bustle of the city. We had a studio with a fully equipped kitchen and lovely... More 

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Thank jburnell2016
PalihouseManagement, Front Office Manager at Palihouse Santa Monica, responded to this review

Dear jburnell2016, Thank you for your five start review. We are glad you enjoyed yourselves and we hope to see you again on your next visit to Los Angeles. Warm regards, Dan Arana | Assistant Housemaster More 

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Staying in Santa Monica

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Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers, roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica pier spins high above the water, while park revelers scream with delight riding the roller coaster. Inland from the beach, Third Street Promenade bustles with shoppers and street performers, where every block seems to have a musical or acrobatic act drawing crowds giving Santa Monica both the feeling of a laid-back beach town and a major commercial hub.
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Amenities

Highlights
  • Beachfront
  • Room Service
  • Restaurant
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Restaurant
Room types
  • Suites
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Kitchenette
  • Family Rooms
In your room
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Minibar
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Services
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Room Service
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Babysitting
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. 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. Complimentary Continental Breakfast is offered at our lobby lounge for guests on Saturdays and Sunday. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Palihouse Santa Monica

Address: 1001 3rd St, Santa Monica, CA 90403-3703
Location: United States > California > Santa Monica > Santa Monica
Price Range: $334 - $579 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Palihouse Santa Monica 3.5*
Number of rooms: 38
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#11 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Monica
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