Los Angeles, United States

Palihouse Santa Monica

Rates from (inc tax)$255.00

Price information

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 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21USD), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.


Updated 1920s hideout


Seaside seclusion in the city

Your Westside address awaits: Palihouse Santa Monica is a blocks-from-the-beach 1920s manor, styled impeccably inside and out, where you'll feel entirely at home as soon as you take up residence. Work by local artists and photographers lines the walls, vintage pieces dot the halls, and fully equipped kitchenettes mean you never really need leave. This Moorish-influenced landmark has been home to discerning Californians ever since its debut in 1927, and now you're invited to join them.

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A bottle of wine on arrival


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Need to know


38, including 30 suites.


11am, but very flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, officially 3pm but, again, very flexible – if your room's ready early, you're in.


Double rooms from $255.00, excluding tax at 14.2 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of $4.75 per room per night on check-out.

Price information

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 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD291.21), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates don’t usually include breakfast (from $20); however, Continental breakfast is free on weekends.


Book ahead for your in-suite massage therapist to bring the spa right to your room.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout. In rooms: beach bags to borrow, TVs, minibar, tea- and coffee-making kit, hairdryers; all rooms except Classics have fully equipped kitchenettes.

Our favourite rooms

Each room's unique and packed with different designer delights, but we're particularly partial to the One-Bedroom Residences with their separate vanity rooms, big windows and plentiful space. (And if you're up for splashing out, take Penthouse One and Penthouse Two to create your own floor.)


Who needs a pool when the famous sun-kissed sands of Santa Monica beach are five minutes' walk from your door?


There's no gym on site, but Palihouse has partnerships with local venues (including Equinox) so your workout regime won't be put on hold.


It’s more of a grown-up hangout.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Take your pick of cosy nooks in the grand lobby-cum-hangout. On sunny days, of which there are plenty, there’s a small patio tucked away through the back doors.

Dress Code

You're by the beach, so nothing too formal… but you're not at the beach, so not your Havaianas, either.

Hotel restaurant

There’s no restaurant on site, but you’ve no shortage of eateries on your doorstep, within an easy beach-side walk. Breakfasts, though, are not to be missed: blueberry pancakes and avocado toast, anyone? On weekends a free Continental spread of fresh fruits, tasty pastries, yogurt, cereal, boiled eggs, toast, coffee and tea is laid out in the lobby.

Hotel bar

You won’t find a bar here – in fact, there’s no alcohol served at all, thanks to the supremely peaceful residential location – but the cocktail-serving bartenders of Santa Monica await just a short walk away.

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 7am to a leisurely 3pm.


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Palihouse Santa Monica
1001 3rd St,
Santa Monica
United States


Los Angeles International – better known as LAX – is around 40 minutes' drive away, and is served by a constant stream of flights from around the country and the world.


LA's elegant rail hub, Union Station, is downtown, way over on the other side of the metropolis, so isn't particularly suited to Santa Monica stays unless you're a truly dedicated train buff. (And if you are, you can travel south to San Diego and north up the coast).


As the Los Angeles region goes, Santa Monica's spectacularly walkable – between beachfront strolls and the odd Uber, you can easily do without a car. But if you do find yourself tempted to join the LA traffic (and most locals will tell you it's impossible to go auto-less here) then valet parking is available for $39 a night.

Worth getting out of bed for

The most obvious attraction to Palihouse's prime Santa Monica location is that great big ocean five minutes' walk away: the golden sands of Santa Monica stretch north into exclusive Malibu and south into tourist-packed-but-must-visit Venice, with plenty of cycling, sunbathing and selfie-taking to be done along the way. (The paved beach path south is perfect for leisurely strolls or more strenous workouts, on foot or by bike.)

Once you reach Venice Beach and have checked out the rollerbladers and artists' stalls, turn inland to explore the canals that gave the neighbourhood its name: they're surprisingly serene. Abbott Kinney Blvd is the top shopping spot, with design dens aplenty (and the odd holdover from the street's hippie heyday). 

Local restaurants

Local favourites include coffee hub Demitasse Café, sprawling cocktail club The Bungalow, Blue Plate Oysterette, seafood centre Water Grill and the the Santa Monica Farmer's Market (the ideal place to stock your kitchenette) – all are a few minutes' walk away. For a properly unpretentious hangout, head to Big Dean's by the beach: the burgers are the best, the locals are friendly, and there's generally sports on the TV; legendary dive Chez Jay is the place for a Bloody Mary when your hangover needs company. And for something completely different, Shutters on the Beach is a preppy Californian classic, all piano tinkling away in the corner and fine dining with exquisite sea views. 

Alchemie Spa is an all-organic beauty and wellbeing retreat a few blocks down the coast, and if you're after something healthy as a follow up to your shiatsu session or infrared sauna trip, keep heading south to Pressed Juicery.


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The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Palihouse Santa Monica’s Guestbook below.

We loved

California style, quiet, close to beach, afternoon lobby snacks, fresh air.

Don’t expect

Loud nightlife


Stayed on 1 Aug 2016

We loved

The room was fantastic. Breakfast on terrace was enjoyable and the location was perfect. An easy ten-minute walk to the ocean. Twenty-five minutes to the Pier. 10/10

Don’t expect

A bar


Stayed on 18 Jul 2016

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