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1001 3rd St, Santa Monica, CA 90403-3703
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Updated 01/04/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 01/04/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#10 of 38 hotels in Santa Monica
Travelers' Choice
Recently named Condé Nast Travelers Readers’ Choice Awards 2019 “Top 20 Hotel in Los Angeles" at #5, 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. Cashless property, A valid credit card, and ID are required at the time of check-in.
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Property amenities
Paid private parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast available
Bicycle rental
Baggage storage
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Street parking
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Private check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Dining area
Room service
Flatscreen TV
Bottled water
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Historic Hotel
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Harris Tweed Fan wrote a review Yesterday
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As part of my birthday treat holiday, we decided to spend 4 night in LA and knew that we wanted to stay in Santa Monica. Its an expensive place to book and I kept coming back to the Palihouse as I loved the location, close to the sea but quiet and safe. I gulped a bit at the price, but after much wailing and gnashing of teeth, decided to go for it. I'm very glad that we did as we had a lovely apartment with kitchen, perfect for the five of us. There was a view out over the cypress trees and little garden set back from the street. It is Spanish /Moroccan in style and I loved the dark gloom of the reception/bar in contrast to the bright sun outside. We didn't eat here, preferring the cafes and breakfast spots on Montana during the day and excellent restaurants like Wally's on Wilshire and Hillstone at night. A bit different, and a lovely place to start our trip.
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Date of stay: October 2020
Lindsay D wrote a review Apr 5
Temecula, California61 contributions29 helpful votes
My husband and I made a last-minute reservation at Palihouse and were given their last available room. I had seen pictures on there Instagram so I knew I was in for a treat but I really had no idea how amazing this place would be. At check-in you walk through the impeccably designed lobby and sitting area. Every single corner of this hotel has been thoughtfully and beautifully decorated. So many cozy corners to sit and read or just enjoy the bougainvillea lined walkways. Spanish tile everywhere and vintage chandeliers...it’s just perfect. Check-in was a breeze and we were offered champagne at the bar. We were informed on how to order breakfast, what amenities they offer, and all the pertinent info for our stay. A quick elevator ride to our room and we were instantly charmed by the pink bathroom, the diptyque toiletries, the fireplace, the airy patio, a full-size Smeg fridge with McConnals ice cream in the freezer!!! We had a great and peaceful sleep and before we went to bed we put our breakfast order on the door. The next morning right on time we received our delicious breakfast and ate it while listening to the fountain below. It was pure relaxation from beginning to end and I was very sad to leave early the next day. We did not get to enjoy the free bikes or the pool but we did meander around a bit and snapped a few photos before we left. Palihouse is truly easy like Sunday morning and I will definitely be back to really soak up everything they have to offer.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
paulhefner01 wrote a review Apr 5
Antioch, Illinois1 contribution
I laughed. I cried. It was better than "Hamilton"! Best place I've stayed in years. Very nostalgic building, professional and genuinely kind and helpful staff. Definitely going back. Thank you so much!!
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Date of stay: March 2021
Sleep Quality
CE_Maui wrote a review Apr 4
Paia, Hawaii12 contributions9 helpful votes
This place is awful. I was initially in a first floor room. But there was a child running around in the unit above me, and sound carries in these old buildings. So they moved me to the 3rd floor without first explaining that the elevator was out of service. Adjacent to that room, there was a screaming baby. I checked out 2 nights early.
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Date of stay: March 2021
Room Tip: Avoid this hotel unless (a) you're deaf & (b) you have a first floor room.
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Response from Paul Cas, General Manager at Palihouse Santa Monica
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear guest, Thank you for taking the time in sharing your stay with us. I am sorry to hear about your overall experience. I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to discuss your stay further. Please contact me at paul@palihousesm.com Warm Regards, Paul Hotel Manager
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Kim H wrote a review Mar 2021
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The Palihouse in Santa Monica is a jewel of a property. It’s an authentic Spanish building is a quiet but central location to Santa Monica’s best dining, shopping and beaches. If esthetics and service are important to you when traveling I would highly recommend the Palihouse. In addition it is private yet inviting and the front garden takes you where you want to be, whether it’s another era, your garden goal or new memories. It’s perfect for a locals staycation too. Thank you Palihouse for your hospitality to my family. We will definitely be coming back.
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
$368 - $593 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Palihouse Santa Monica
Which popular attractions are close to Palihouse Santa Monica?
Nearby attractions include Third Street Promenade (0.2 miles), Montana Avenue (0.3 miles), and The VOID - Santa Monica (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Palihouse Santa Monica?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, room service, and dry cleaning.
Which room amenities are available at Palihouse Santa Monica?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a minibar, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Palihouse Santa Monica?
Guests can enjoy breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Palihouse Santa Monica?
Yes, paid private parking nearby and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Palihouse Santa Monica?
Conveniently located restaurants include Hillstone Restaurant, FIG, and The Penthouse at the Huntley Hotel.
Is Palihouse Santa Monica located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.9 miles away from the center of Santa Monica.
Are any cleaning services offered at Palihouse Santa Monica?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Palihouse Santa Monica?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to Palihouse Santa Monica?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Will Rogers State Historic Park (2.4 miles), Annenberg Community Beach House (0.7 miles), and Los Angeles California Temple (4.5 miles).