A chilled-out city stay with a central setting, Palihotel Melrose has everything you need to live your best Los Angeles life: a brunch-laden restaurant, a signature scent for sale, and stack upon stack of those spines-to-the-wall vintage books you've seen on Instagram. From the second you step foot in the laid-back lobby to the moment you lay your head on your check-blanketed bed, you'll want to keep your phone in hand: every coordinated colour and tactile texture here is perfect for keeping your feed fresh. Influencer life, here you come…
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Gourmet treats on arrival, such as a charcuterie board
Double rooms from £125.36 ($171), including tax at 15.695 per cent.
Rates don’t usually include breakfast (from $12) and the hotel has gone cashless, so you'll need to pay by card.
You’ll find a sample of the hotel’s limited edition Saint Pali parfum – made in Downtown LA – at the front desk; pick up a bottle and you’ll smell delightful long after you check out.
At the hotel
Free WiFi throughout. In rooms: minibars with wine, champagne and snacks.
Our favourite rooms
They're all boldly coloured, with contrasting mustard and midnight walls, and lush velvet abounds on headboards and sofas. We're especially big fans of the Queen with Terrace rooms, though, thanks to their private balconies – all the better for people watching as your well-heeled neighbours stroll by.
If you've been out shopping and bought some super-sexy new swimwear, you'll need to wear it lounging on your balcony or head further afield. Beach day, anyone?
There's no spa, but in-room treatments can be arranged.
Bring your phone and a winning smile: some of LA's most iconic selfie backdrops are within walking distance (be warned: you might have to queue to get a spot in front of the hot-pink Paul Smith wall).
All public spaces are wheelchair accessible, but there aren’t any specially adapted rooms.
All ages are welcome, but the hotel’s not particularly designed with little Smith’s in mind.
All tables are created equal at H & H – your only decision is indoors or out.
Come as you are – the food and drinks are pretty enough.
The Hart & The Hunter – originally a Palisociety favourite from Seattle, now with a SoCal outpost too – manages to combine Pacific northwestern sensibilities with hearty southern flavours and a dash of Los Angeles virtue (kale lovers, the menu won't disappoint).
The Hart & the Hunter's curated beer collection, well-chosen wines and and expertly mixed cocktails will quench thirsts of all calibres. 'Happy hour' is actually four and a half hours – sip your preferred poison from 2.30pm till 7pm, Tuesday through Saturday.
You can breakfast from 7am to 3pm in the week, if you like, and brunch is served from 9am to 4pm at weekends. Dinner is served at 6pm, until 9.30pm Tuesday–Thursday and 10.30pm Friday–Saturday.
You’ll find Palihotel Melrose on shopping mecca Melrose Avenue, blocks from city-within-a-city West Hollywood.
You’ll probably touch down at LAX (Burbank’s also an option, if you’re catching a domestic flight). From LAX, it’ll take anywhere from 25 minutes to an hour to get to Palihotel Melrose, depending on traffic.
There’s parking on site, for $25 a night. If you like driving in traffic, you’ll love Los Angeles… but Ubers and taxis are plentiful if you’d rather take a backseat.
Worth getting out of bed for
That hot-pinkPaul Smithwall that was the de rigeur selfie spot a while back is round the corner on Melrose – join the queue if cerise really brings out your eyes, or stroll the myriad local murals till you find a picture-perfect backdrop of your own (for a more cultured contemporary portrait, venture to Lacma – the Los Angeles County Museum of Art – home to that army of ornate lamp posts Angelenos have been posing in front of for years, as well as a first-class fine art collection). But first, what to wear? Have your credit card at the ready: the Melrose district, famously, is shopping central. Go gallic at Claire Von nearby North Croft in West Hollywood, where a chic scarf tied insouciently 'round the handle of a leather tote will add some French-girl flair to your WeHo wanderings. Want your face spruced up too? Kate Somerville on Melrose Place will fix your skin, then Beauty Balm on Melrose Avenue will give you the luxury makeover of your influencer fantasies (for a good hair day, too, head to Drybar on West 3rd).
Already eaten your way through the menu at The Hart & the Hunter? Head to nearby sister stay Palihouse West Hollywood, where Mardi's alfresco feasting awaits (head up to the rooftop for 360-degree Hollywood Hill views, too). Animal on Fairfax is a meaty local favourite, featuring plenty of pigs' ears and bone marrow (we're particularly fans of brunch, when dishes like peach toast with cinnamon-sugar butter and mascarpone are served alongside barbecue-pork-belly sandwiches); pop over the road to baseball-themed coffee and doughnut shop Cofax afterwards, for an iced horchata latte and a dozen gourmet doughnuts to snack on back in your room – their t-shirts with the Dodger's logo reworked to say 'Donuts' are one of LA's best souvenirs, too. Canter's Deli on Fairfax is a classic: it's open 24-hours, so go after dark to snap the vintage neon and dine on blitzes at 3am.
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in Los Angeles and unpacked their bottle of the hotel’s Saint Pali signature scent from their chic new Clare V tote, a full account of their stylish city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Palihotel Melrose in West Hollywood…
No matter where you really call home, Palihotel Melrose in the heart of this walkable West Hollywood-adjacent neighbourhood makes LA living a piece of (Sweet Lady Jane) cake – the locally adored bakery's just down the road. The boutique stay exudes comfortable California cool from every fabulously photographable element – midnight blue walls here, vintage tiles there, tattooed waiters a-go-go and shelves full of backwards books throughout (a librarian's nightmare but an Instagrammer's dream) – and serves up lashings of easy, breezy, beautiful SoCal charm from the staff. Put it all together, and you've a city stay that makes you feel like an especially stylish local from the minute you're handed your room key. And once you've brunched to your belly's content at the Hart & the Hunter (dinner's delish, too) the delights of Melrose's famed shopping strip await…