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“A Vintage Hollywood Beach Experience” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Palihouse Santa Monica

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Palihouse Santa Monica
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1001 3rd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90403 (Santa Monica)   |  
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Ranked #19 of 34 Hotels in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence
West Hollywood, California
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“A Vintage Hollywood Beach Experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Palihouse SM has taken over the historic Embassy Hotel property and redcorated it with great success. Rooms are very vintage and evoke a feeling of summering at the beach rather than staying in a hotel. Hotel grounds are immaculate and staff are friendly. Large common areas based on classic lodges provide a great place to work or rest.

Notes: No pool or A/C on the property. Also, property is still working on gettin its liquor license. As of July 2013, a hearing was set on the permit and the hotel bar should open shortly.

Room Tip: Rooms on the North side have the best views.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank kyle00
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PalihouseManagement, Manager at Palihouse Santa Monica, responded to this review, July 12, 2013
Dear kyle00,

Thanks for your lovely 4-star review. We hope to have you back again sometime soon!

Cheers,
Palihouse Santa Monica
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Istanbul, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

This place is more of a residence than a hotel. For example if you are looking for a business center, fitness center, daily housekeeping or other hotel amenities you will not get them here. What you will get is charming rooms, helpful staff and a quiet place to stay for a good price compared to other choices in Santa Monica.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank EPTraveller99
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PalihouseManagement, Manager at Palihouse Santa Monica, responded to this review, July 12, 2013
Dear EPTraveller99,

Thanks for your 4-star review! Palihouse Santa Monica (and Palihouse West Hollywood) were both launched with the intention of offering more of a ‘residential’ type of experience for our guests. Not a boutique hotel and not a luxury residence, Palihouse properties offer the best of both!

Please also note that we just launched a daily housekeeping program due to the high demand. We also offer a delicious room-service menu and great amenities like Apple TV, bikes for rent and much more!

We look forward to welcoming you back again sometime soon.


Cheers,
Palihouse Santa Monica
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San Francisco
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013 via mobile

Beautiful old building and grounds. Recently purchased and renovated. Inferior location compared to most properties; three very long blocks to beach and miles from the Pier. We booked a "Classic Suite" advertised at "300 sq ft". It was the smallest single room I have ever stayed in. (And that includes many in Europe) We are talking Small) two feet around bed. Suite of what? No room to sit, the closet and the bathroom was so small you couldn't turn around in them. Hugely over priced. Extremely high parking rate and ridiculous three figure pet fee were hidden and more than most rooms. Amenities were laughable, no tissue "we don't supply that" in room, cheap, toiletries, outrageously priced many bar. There is apparently no management on site. I will say that the staff was very good, but could do nothing to alleviate the ripoff. I got the credit card bill and they added items we still don't understand. It appears that the new owners are trying to pay off the renovation in the first month. If you decide to stay here, make sure you understand the actual room size and all the extra fees before you book. The best properties in Santa Monica are only a very few dollars more., Pity for this beautiful old Embassy Lady.

Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Greenville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

Spent a happy two days here and enjoyed the cool breezes from the beach through our corner studio's many windows. With so many wonderful restaurants nearby, we didn't get to use our fully furnished kitchen. Roomy with plenty of closet space. Loved the furnishings. The hotel was once residence apartments for the famous. Architectural features abound. There is character and history in this unique property, all in a fabulous location. Wish we could have stayed longer. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. We will definitely return to PaliHouse if we find ourselves near Santa Monica in the future.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank SM4339
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PalihouseManagement, Manager at Palihouse Santa Monica, responded to this review, July 12, 2013
Dear SM4339,

Thank you for your lovely five star review! We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your stay with us and that you enjoyed the beautiful sea breezes and our furnishings. We sincerely look forward to welcoming you back again in the future!

Cheers,
Palihouse Santa Monica
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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

Happy to stay someplace that's not the typical gray minimal decor that's become so overly popular. Beautiful quiet neighborhood and charming accommodating staff made our brief stay wonderful. The bed was soft and luxe and we the morning breeze through the open windows made waking up a treat. Wish we could have stayed longer

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Jessica M
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PalihouseManagement, Manager at Palihouse Santa Monica, responded to this review, July 12, 2013
Dear onejkm,

Thanks for you wonderful five star review! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed our comfortable beds and the wonderful Santa Monica sea breeze. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon and hope you can stay longer next time!

Finest regards,
Palihouse Santa Monica
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Property: Palihouse Santa Monica
Address: 1001 3rd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90403
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Location: United States > California > Santa Monica > Santa Monica
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 34 Hotels in Santa Monica
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Palihouse Santa Monica 3.5*
Number of rooms: 38
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 
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