Los Angeles, United States

Palihotel Culver City

Price per night from$205.00

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If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

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Silver screen sensation


Westside wonder

As bright and fresh as a Hollywood ingenue, Palihotel Culver City has serious star power. Set near a legendary Los Angeles studio lot, the hotel’s 1920s building was once a boarding house for aspiring starlets. Today, it’s the ideal place to play at living like a local. Custom-made art, supremely comfy beds and semi-private courtyards make rooms feel like home, and the chic all-day Simonette bistro brings the neighbourhood to the hotel, luring hip Angelenos for morning lattes, afternoon rosé and late-night oysters. If only they were all were lucky enough to be able to saunter a few steps to bed…

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Need to know




11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm.


Double rooms from £171.16 ($234), including tax at 14 per cent.

More details

Rates don’t usually include breakfast (from US$6), and the hotel has gone cashless, so you'll need to pay by card.


Local artist Dana Carly turned the entire side of the building into a whimsical forest mural of birds, flowers and greenery.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TVs, minibar, coffee-maker, black-out curtains.

Our favourite rooms

For the most California-cool of stays, request a ground-floor room with access to the semi-private courtyard, via French doors. The top-floor Garden View King rooms are the most quiet and secluded, if you’re hiding from the paparazzi.

Packing tips

Bring your headshots – with the legendary Sony studio lot a few blocks away, you never know who’ll be hanging out in the lobby.


All public areas are wheelchair accessible, and two King rooms are specially equipped with roll-in showers, lowered wardrobe rails and in-room safe access.


Four-legged friends are welcome, for $100 a booking. The hotel will provide dog beds and bowls. See more pet-friendly hotels in Los Angeles.


Leave ‘em at home. Though all ages are welcome, it’s best suited to grown ups.

Food and Drink

Photos Palihotel Culver City food and drink

Top Table

As beautiful weather is de rigueur here, request a table in the tree-shaded courtyard. The booths near the front windows are also lovely and intimate.

Dress Code

Angelenos keep it casual, so jeans, sandals and starlet-sized sunglasses are ideal.

Hotel restaurant

Los Angeles has a cafe culture to rival Paris, and few places show it off better than bright, easy-breezy Simonette. With a colourfully Boho space that opens to a verdant central courtyard, the all-day bistro strikes the ideal balance of appealing food and coolly relaxed setting. The kitchen serves people-pleasing options from the early morning into the wee hours, including oat-milk lattes with pastries to start the day, afternoon oysters and rosé, then late-night burgers and French-inspired cocktails.  

Hotel bar

Set in the middle of the restaurant, the lively bar pours icy rosé, house sodas and French-inspired cocktails like the Lobby Boy, with gin, Lillet and Champagne sherbet. 

Last orders

Tuesday through Sunday, the restaurant is open from 7am to 11pm; on Mondays, there is no dinner service, so the restaurant is open from 7am to 4pm.

Room service

The full menu – including salads, a burger and oysters – is available for delivery during restaurant hours.


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Palihotel Culver City
3927 Van Buren Place
Culver City
United States

This particular Palihotel is in Culver City in the westside of Los Angeles, near Sony Pictures Studio.


LAX airport, the busiest airport on the West Coast, is around 30 minutes' drive from the hotel. Direct flights are available from throughout the country and the world. Contact Smith24 to book your flights and arrange transfers.


Train travel isn’t the most efficient way to explore California, but it is at least quite scenic. Union Station in downtown Los Angeles is 45 minutes’ drive from the hotel, and connects to San Diego and Northern California.


Though Culver City is a pretty walkable community, Los Angeles is best explored by car. The hotel is handily near the 405 and 10 freeways, which will send you in any direction you plan to travel, including easy access to the beach and downtown. Valet parking is available for $40 a day.

Worth getting out of bed for

Home to the movie lot where The Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind and the original King Kong were filmed, Culver City is one of the most storied Los Angeles neighborhoods. Grab pastries from Palihotel's café Simonette, then explore the studio tour at the Sony lot, which was once home to MGM. Weekday studio tours can be arranged in advance, and include visits to classic movie sound stages and sets for current television shows. Palihotel is nicely situated by two major Los Angeles freeways, making it easy to get around town: hop on the 10 heading west, which becomes the beachfront Pacific Coast Highway, and head all the way to swish beachy Malibu or stop in at the Annenberg Beach House in Santa Monica (it’s open to the public and has a pool and views of the Pacific).

Local restaurants

Plan brunch at The Wallace, around the corner on Main Street, where a mini skillet of cinnamon rolls are the best way to kick off a meal of savory breakfast bowls, chicken-topped chilaquiles or a breakfast burger. For a formal and futuristic meal, book seats at Vespertine, once named the number-one restaurant in town by legendary Los Angeles Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold. Each dish plays with texture, aromatics and presentation, creating an edible odyssey less than a mile from the hotel. Brace yourself for a chilli bonanza at the colourful Night + Market Sahm on Lincoln Boulevard. The chef specialises in spicy Thai salads, curries and noodles, with an exceptional list of white wines to cool fiery tongues. Plan a beach picnic with salads and sandwiches from Gjusta in Venice, a tantalisingly packed food emporium that excels at California cuisine for eat-in or takeaway, and lures a magazine-spread-ready crowd for lazy hangs over nut-milk lattes, chermoulah-baked eggs and pastries prepared with farmers’ market produce. When in Los Angeles, tacos are practically mandatory, and one of the city’s best spots is a few miles from the hotel. Tito’s Tacos is beloved for it’s LA-style crispy tacos, ideally filled with shredded beef and topped with a cascade of shredded cheese and lettuce. Order a few with a side of guacamole, and eat them at one of the tables out front.

Local bars

Drink like an in-the-know local at Blind Barber on Washington Avenue, which hides its cool cocktail lounge behind a barbershop storefront. In the retro Helms Bakery District — a 1930s-era shopping space home to design warehouses, cafés and boutiques — is Father’s Office, a cheeky beer bar and casual hang that also serves one of the city’s best burgers (and they know it – no substitutions allowed).


Photos Palihotel Culver City reviews
David Michon

Anonymous review

By David Michon, Gent about town

Before we’ve even arrived at luxury hideaway Palihotel Culver City, reports from Angeleno friends dictate our first move: eat. The restaurants, they said, are where a Palihotel shines, though none had yet been to this new Los Angeles outpost. After a morning of travel, Mr Smith and I were both exhausted and hungry, and it being around midday, it seemed the stars were aligned to indulge in a lengthy, boozy lunch. And such a lunch we had in what felt much like a haven – both emotionally and by design – from the steamy, smoggy, traffic-riddled journey into and across the city, with surprisingly little of any worth to listen to on the radio. 

The hotel’s restaurant Simonette, which fronts the 1920s-built hotel, rolls seamlessly from indoors to an open-air courtyard – a perfect gesture to a city whose main USP, especially to us Londoners, was sunshine. We took a table outside, of course, one shaded by a mature carrotwood tree and I quickly ordered what proved to be one of the most refreshing glasses of Californian chardonnay I’ve ever had in LA. I let out an audible sigh of relaxation, which caught the attention of our neighbours at the next table: two women, both academics, who were themselves in the midst of a long lunch. They were already onto dessert – something creamy, like a tiramisu – but when our food came (Mr Smith had a warm grain salad with chicken, and I a classic Niçoise) they were so tantalised they ordered the two dishes as takeaway. ‘For my boyfriend,’ one of them told us, with a wink. 

Sinking into the banquette, my attention was drawn to the decor, especially the three-storey-high walls painted a commanding shade of oceanic teal. There was something gloriously enveloping about the open-air room, replicating the cool stillness of the subsurface sea – I felt like I was on some chic submarine with cushioned rattan chairs and table service. All of a sudden, the carrotwood tree and the bushes around me had appeared as if they were, instead, seaweed, and in this Under the Sea reverie I imagined I was Ariel’s bougie cousin or something. This place was truly an oasis and a destination in and of itself. Culver City is a neighbourhood in the midst of transformation; there are several well-appointed shops down the road, an intriguing small museum (the wildly bizarre Museum of Jurassic Technology), one or two excellent coffee shops… But Palihotel is the place to test the refreshing waters of what’s to come – it excels in that kind of relaxed LA cool where you might spot an A-lister, but there’s no pretentiousness whatsoever. (Mainly because anyone in LA can get away with wearing athleisure in this city, anywhere and at any time, so it’s a challenge to make anywhere feel too stuffy.)

By night, the vibe of my little deep-sea, pool-of-teal courtyard completely changed, effortlessly, like someone had flicked a switch. Returning to the hotel after an afternoon at El Matador Beach (praise be to the sun) and a dinner of cacio e pepe in Santa Monica, Simonette had been whipped into a frenzy. As it darn well should be. The city hotel is, in my opinion, at its best when it can manage to attract a swathe of trendy locals to its taps, rather than just a limited number of their guests and men with mistresses. The Palihotel did not disappoint, and I was forced to race upstairs for an outfit change so that I felt more in tune with the choir of stylish 30-somethings who all somehow seemed to know each other. (A fluke, I had thought, but the same crowd was mingling the next night, too.)

Utterly depleted after more of that chardonnay, Mr Smith and I flung ourselves into bed. You expect a hotel bed to be a cloud of comfort, and this heavenly king-sized one was definitely not an exception. You do get the idea that it’s probably business folk who take up residence in these urbane rooms – the style is sophisticated with no fussiness, and also we had one of those glass-wall partitions to the bathroom, which blurred the edges of privacy (quite literally). But, it was a thinker’s room too: on the bedside table there wasn’t a Gideons’ Bible, but Salinger and Burroughs. I didn’t have the energy to pick either up, but I appreciated the selection. Morning came, and it was time to judge the toiletries. And there’s nothing better to me than a spacious, tiled shower you can really splash around in, plus some kind of lush body wash that manages to perk you up and prompts a ‘God that smells good’ from your fellow Smith. Again, Palihotel delivered with its little bottles of bespoke soapy yumminess, with its warm earthy scent. 

Plus, there were friendly front-of-house staff, to boot, who always greeted us with a genuine smile; in this vast metropolis I really did find a soft spot for this stylish Culver City stay. After another night there, where I repeated the majority of the first night’s routine (we meet again, chardonnay), and Mr Smith and I were regretfully zipping off the airport, a blissfully quick 20 minutes away – lightning speed for LA, and not too much time to dwell on what we already missed.

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