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The lobby's cool tile floors and soaring beamed ceilings make Palihouse Santa Monica feel more like a hunting lodge than a beach hotel.
Bedrooms are spacious, with ceiling fans that encourage sleeping with the windows open to the night air.
Though tiny, bathrooms have charming details: marble sinks, decorative mirrors and hand-printed wallpaper.
The upper floors offer great views of the surrounding residential neighborhood. Here, a stained-glass window on the fourth floor.
Don’t get us wrong, we love Shutters on the Beach, but we’ve loved it for decades now. Lately, we’re crushing on another Santa Monica getaway spot, the just-opened Palihouse Santa Monica. Enchanting, convenient and as chic as its sister property on Melrose, the hotel is as perfect for out-of-towners as for a romantic staycation. (Take the hint, honey.)
Just six months ago, hotelier Avi Brosh caught wind that a landmarked 1927 Moorish Revival apartment-hotel located three blocks from the Third Street Promenade was up for sale. A deal was quickly brokered and a delicate face-lift performed: out with whitewashed beachiness, in with the look of a Wes Anderson film, including soaring wood beams, stained-glass windows open to the salty air and eclectic decor such as velvet upholstery and eccentric printed wallpaper.
With just 36 rooms (ranging from $299 for a classic room to $599 for the two-bedroom penthouse), the hotel promises to retain the sort of tucked-away charm we love. The lobby café is open now for hotel guests to nosh on salads and sandwiches between other enjoyments, such as renting Dutch-style Linus bikes and playing bocce on the front lawn.
Palihouse Santa Monica, 1001 Third St., Santa Monica; 310-394-1279 or palihousesantamonica.com
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