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Palikitchen is the hotel's alternative to a lobby bar, with pastries, espresso and a mini gift shop curated by garden-themed store Rolling Greens.
It's always bugged us that Los Angeles hotels are so clustered. Visitors hang their hats in Santa Monica, Beverly Hills or West Sunset. Now there's a wild card in this stacked deck: the new Melrose Avenue Palihotel.
Hotelier Avi Brosh of West Hollywood's Palihouse has done up his new property with a similar Euro-quirky-cool decor. Mismatched leather chairs dot the check-in area, pistachio subway tiles adorn the lobby coffee shop and thrift-store paintings cheer hallways.
But Palihotel has a defining difference: Room rates hover around $200, nearly half the price of those at its WeHo sibling.
The former hostel's 32 rooms are only 270 square feet each, which no amount of imported floral wallpaper and gooseneck lamps can hide. But the trade-off is proximity to boutiques (Agent Provocateur and Creatures of Comfort are across the street), malls like the Grove and the Beverly Center and both CBS and Paramount.
We'll be recommending Palihotel to our more with-it out-of-town friends, who'll enjoy the six-bed Thai massage suite (from 30 minutes, $35) and the blow-dry bar opening next month. For now, the lobby is our favorite new indie coffee shop.
Palihotel, 7950 Melrose Ave.; 323-272-4588 or pali-hotel.com
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