Is The Palihouse Santa Monica LA's Most Elegant Hotel? - The Grace Tales

Is The Palihouse Santa Monica LA’s Most Elegant Hotel?

A beautifully restored 1920s Mediterranean manor with old world charm is proving to be one of LA’s most exclusive boutique hotels…

Given the Palihouse Santa Monica is a Smith Hotel, we knew we’d be impressed but the experience was so memorable, we’re not really sure where to start. We could easily begin with the divine maritime-style wallpaper in our room. Or the kitchen stocked with Dean & Deluca treats. Then there’s the Mediterranean-inspired outdoor patio where you can sit in the sun sipping on a cappuccino and indulging in blueberry pancakes; the cleverly curated collection of work by local artists and photographers; and eclectic mix of vintage furniture. There’s also the fact that it’s family-friendly and there are babysitting services on offer. Everything about the Palihouse Santa Monica is incredibly impressive and inviting.

The only problem is, just one night at the Palihouse Santa Monica, and you’re bound to want to move in. If you’re in town for a while, you actually can move in for up to three months. The hotel has 38 rooms and offers guests both nightly and monthly rates. It’s that kind of hotel – homely and welcoming yet impossibly chic and elegant. It’s also located in a peaceful residential area, just a few blocks from the Promenade, beach and pier.

Basically, you’ll feel as though you’ve arrived at your very own magnificent Mediterranean manor and, quite frankly, be devastated when it’s time to go home.

The Grace Tales was a guest of Mr & Mrs Smith. Rates from AU$469.79 per night. To book, ring the expert Travel Team 24/7 on 1300 89 6627 or visit

We love

Well, everything actually. No detail is spared at the Palihouse Santa Monica and it’s the little things that you remember. You can borrow vintage-style Linus Dutchi bicycles for a ride around the local area. After your ride, arrange an in-room massage. Holiday bliss.

The rooms

Egyptian cotton linens, rain showers, Palihouse bath amenities, mini-bars featuring Dean & Deluca treats, luxurious robes, large closets, flawless interiors.  Shall we go on? The rooms range from single suites to luxurious penthouses which feature two bedrooms, a living area and more.

The style

The historic 1920s Spanish Colonial building was formerly the Embassy Hotel Apartments (the original sign still stands outside the entrance) and it’s a beautiful example of Mediterranean Revival architecture.

To eat

There’s not a formal restaurant at the hotel, however guests are able to order breakfast and lunch from an all-day menu (there’s avocado toast, blueberry pancakes, kale salads and more). Dinner comes courtesy of a local restaurant menu and is served to you at your location of choice (many love dining in the beautiful garden).

Photography: Julie Adams