Los Angeles, United States

Palihouse West Hollywood

Rates from (ex tax)$295.00

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 (USD341.29), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Honey, you’re home

Setting

Peaceful patch of WeHo

Cali cool gets a Parisian twist at Palihouse West Hollywood, where the phrase ‘make yourself at home’ means exactly that: suites come with kitchenettes and the hotel has residences for longer trips. Design-fans will go weak at the knees for the hotel’s modern-mid-century mash-up; Francophiles will swoon at Mardi, the bistro-style courtyard restaurant, styled à la France. Best of all, Palihouse’s peaceful WeHo location means you can enjoy all of LA’s best bits – the Sunset Strip, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Venice and so on  – minus the mayhem.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

37 suites and residences.

Check–Out

11am (flexible, subject to availability). Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $295.00, excluding tax at 15.69 per cent.

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 (USD341.29), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include WiFi but exclude à la carte breakfast (around $10–$30, depending on what you plump for).

Also

There’s no spa, but the hotel has a fleet of on-call therapists. Download the hotel’s phone app: 'Palifornia – A Guide to Los Angeles and Beyond' will unlock the city and its environs.

At the hotel

Rooftop terrace garden, courtyard, private dining area, lobby lounge, free WiFi throughout, on-loan bicycles (for a $25 hire charge each), laundry, valet parking. In rooms: fitted kitchenette (residences have kitchens) with washer dryer, dishwasher, microwave and fridge; flatscreen TV; DVD/CD player; stereo; bathrobes.

Our favourite rooms

All the Suites and Residences have fitted kitchenettes (or kitchens) and spacious white-and-grey Carrara marble bathrooms with rain shower heads; most have a private terrace or balcony as well. Pretend you’re at home in the Corner King Suites, which have large windows that you can fling open, a kitted-out kitchenette and a washer and dryer. (You might have to be grabbed kicking and screaming, come check-out.) If you don’t want to hear any noise from the courtyard restaurant, request a higher-floor room.

Packing tips

If you have an addiction to a particular coffee brand or condiment, you can indulge yourself in your own kitchen. You can sunbathe on the rooftop or private terrace, and you’re not far from Santa Monica, so bring swimwear.

Also

The lobby is wheelchair-accessible, as are some bedrooms (on request). The obliging front desk can provide free water bottles, toothpaste, toothbrushes and detergent for the washing machine and dishwasher. Local calls are free.

Pet‐friendly

Four-legged Smiths can come too, for an additional $125 (mention Fido when you book). See more pet-friendly hotels in Los Angeles.

Children

Oh yes – you couldn’t ask for better family-friendly accommodation in LA. Cribs are free; extra beds (US$40) can added to the residences for little or large Smiths. Babysitting can be arranged (on request).

Overview

Oh yes – you couldn’t ask for better family-friendly accommodation in LA. Cribs (free) and extra beds (US$40) can be provided in any room type.

Best for

Any age.

Recommended rooms

Since all the residences and suites are designed to be a home from home, and have fitted kitchens, they’re all suitable – it’s more a question of how big your family is and how much space you need.

Activities

There are a couple of bicycles to borrow but there are plenty of fun things to do outside your door: popular family attractions include the La Brea Tar Pits, Santa Monica Pier, Graumann’s Chinese Theatre and Warner Brothers Studios. Pinks Hot Dogs or Barneys Beanery are good child-friendly eateries nearby.

Swimming pool

No, although there is a roof terrace for lazy sunny days.

Meals

Since you’ve got your own kitchen, you’re free to indulge your kids’ every crazy Cheerios-with-chips whim. Or just order take-out or dial up room service. Children are welcome in the hotel restaurant, where there are high chairs. Packed lunches can be made, and the kitchen’s happy to heat up milk or baby food for you.

Babysitting

Nannies can be arranged locally, although prices vary depending on availability – ring ahead for details.

No need to pack

There’s plenty of flatware, cutlery and kitchen paraphernalia, so no need to bring special spoons unless you really want to. High chairs and cots are available on site. Kitchens have a microwave and blender, so you can rustle up your own baby food.

Also

A Studio is fine if you’re used to sleeping with your littl'uns beside you, but you might prefer a Suite if you want some undisturbed shut-eye. For maximum comfort with older kids, choose a two- or three-bedroom Residence to give you maximum flexibility and privacy.

Food and Drink

Photos Palihouse West Hollywood food and drink

Top Table

Nab a table by a heater in winter. (There are no duds in this bunch.)

Dress Code

Take your cue from the Europe-yearning restaurant and add a dash of Parisian glamour: stripes, Vetements threads or your most alluring French cologne, perhaps.

Hotel restaurant

Mardi dishes up Californian comfort food starring fresh, healthy ingredients in a winsome setting: an open-air courtyard fringed with foliage and graced with a black-and-white chequered floor and Parisian-style wicker chairs with blankets. Don’t miss the moreish maitake mushroom or the delicately flavoured halibut ceviche.

Hotel bar

The lobby-set Palihouse Bar continues the hotel’s artful muddle of modern and mid-century touches (with the added perk of whiskey-and-port-packed punches featuring vanilla and citrus syrup and herbal liqueurs). The space is decorated with Persian rugs, pretty tiled flooring, mismatched sofas and chairs and an array of cushions and lamps. Toast the oversized American flag on one wall, or the globes, maps, antiques, foosball table and mini library. Wines come courtesy of the booze boffins at Wally’s Wine & Spirits; music comes courtesy of local DJs by night (lounge tracks play during the day).

Last orders

Breakfast is served until 11.30am, lunch til 3pm and dinner til 10pm.

Room service

Order items from Mardi’s menu to your room between 7am and 11pm.

Location

Photos Palihouse West Hollywood location
Address
Palihouse West Hollywood
8465 Holloway Drive, West Hollywood
90069
Los Angeles
United States

Planes

Get to LAX with British Airways (www.ba.com) or American Airlines (www.americanairlines.com); the airport is a 20-minute drive from the hotel. The hotel can arrange one-way transfers for $60–$100, depending on the number of passengers.

Trains

Union Station is 20 minutes away by car (hotel transfers can be arranged); from here, you'll be able to reach the rest of the country via Amtrak (www.amtrak.com).

Automobiles

The hotel is easily accessible from the Santa Monica Boulevard and La Cienega Boulevard. Parking is US$35 a night.

Worth getting out of bed for

Fitness fiends might want to take advantage of the hotel’s partnership with the local Equinox gym – guests get discounted day passes for $35. Pretend you’re Ryan G and Emma S at the Griffith Observatory; pretend you’re Pretty Woman/Man by shopping (window or otherwise) along Rodeo Drive. For a less wallet-destroying day, set off for a hike in Runyon Canyon, whose trails can take one or two hours, depending on the route. People hike here with their dogs; bring yours if it’s with you. Hollywood & Highland is a fun shopping centre right on the Walk of Fame (Hollywood Boulevard); it’s also where Grauman’s Chinese Theatre is. The Hollywood Bowl is an iconic outdoor venue with great acoustics – book tickets to see the LA Philharmonic there.

Local restaurants

Norah at 8279 California Route 2 has one of those menus that makes gluttony look good – you’ll want to order one of everything, from the cast-iron cornbread with rosemary-honey butter to the duck-liver mousse with onion jam and the cauliflower tartare with tahini to the English pea purée with flatbread and pickled garlic to the scallops with green apple and spring-onion kimchi – and that’s just the starters (+1 323-450-4211). Head to the Smith-approved Chateau Marmont for celebrity-spotting over truffled fries. Right down the block at 8447 Santa Monica Boulevard is local favourite Barney’s Beanery (+1 323 654 2287). It’s a family-friendly hangout by day and a biker’s heaven by night, with lots of beers and lively patrons. For brunch, you can’t beat Hugo’s (+1 323 654 3993). This West Hollywood hotspot at 8401 Santa Monica Boulevard has a legendary tea menu and an admirable sustainability policy. The breakfast pastas are outstanding (if a bit confusing) and there’s plenty of choice for health-conscious veggies and vegans. Love sushi? Try Ari-Ya at 8730 Santa Monica Boulevard (+1 310 854 6212): order the Shishito and the OMG roll.

Local cafés

Another great brunch spot, Basix Café (+1 323 848 2460) at 8333 Santa Monica Boulevard excels at Mediterranean dishes, mimosas and pumpkin pancakes.

Local bars

Pretend you’re starring in an early Hollywood blockbuster – or resting afterwards – at Tower Bar (+1 323 654 7100), whose charms include Paul Fortune styling (rose-gold lighting and walnut-panelled walls), accomplished maitre d' Dimitri Dimitrov and a prime setting: mobster Bugsy Siegel's old apartment on the ground floor. There’s also an outside terrace with cabanas, if you can tear yourselves away from the crackling fireplace and tinkling jazz pianists...

Reviews

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Anonymous review

I’m originally from Los Angeles, and I categorically refuse to valet park. What’s the point in having insider knowledge of a city if you have to hand your car keys over to someone else and let them find a space for you. Poor Mr Smith is despairing. We’ve been driving around West Hollywood, one of LA’s many cities-within-the-city, for about half an hour now, and he’s itching to get out of the car and start checking out NY-style boutique hotel the Palihouse Holloway.

We cruise down Santa Monica Boulevard, past waving rainbow flags and stylish Hollywood types milling outside trendy restaurants, all the time looking for a spot. Mr Smith eventually spies one and, in seconds flat, the car is parked and the top is put up. Mr Smith totes our bags to the almost incognito Palihouse Holloway, denoted only by a small black-and-white awning and an inconspicuous host standing just outside the main door.

The door swings open and our eyes adjust to the east coast-style bistro scene that unfolds below us. As we descend the small staircase, it feels as though we’ve entered another, cooler, era in time. Ladies in pencil-thin cocktail dresses sip cocktails at the bar, while a busy waitstaff attends to the early evening crowd in the atrium/dining room. We must look a little lost while gawking at the gorgeous interior, because within seconds a friendly staff member takes our hand and leads us to the reception area, which is tucked into the back corner of the large room.

At the reception desk, we are greeted by a dapper man dressed in Argyll prints and trim slacks. This is Josh. He smiles and immediately hands us both tumblers of red wine. Mr. Smith drains his, goes to reach for mine and gets a flat knock-back. No way Mr Smith. After lighting up the elevator with our key fob, Josh leads us to our third-floor room, flipping switches and fluffing pillows as he walks in. Before he hustles out, he bids us goodnight.

Once inside, we again find ourselves standing slack-jawed, taking in the simple elegance of our room. We are both impressed by the large glass-enclosed shower, complete with a rain showerhead, and I take my time admiring the C&O Bigelow shower amenities, which I’m sure I’ll end up taking home with me. While Mr Smith loses himself in a giant piece of art behind the sofa, consisting of hundreds of Polaroid photos, I delight in opening all the drawers in the full kitchen and turning the stove-top on and off before finding the pièce de resistance: the washer/dryer located just to the right of the kitchen. I am so excited about my find that Mr Smith comes over, thinking I surely must have struck gold. I only wish I had clothes to wash, as it’s been more than five years since I’ve lived in an apartment that has a washer in it.

Twenty minutes later, when Mr Smith finally tears me away from the washer, we throw on some clothes and head out to meet some friends for delicious sushi at one of the best Japanese restaurants in town, Ariya. We stuff ourselves with tuna sashimi, shishito peppers and several bottles of sake, before adjourning to our friend’s nearby apartment. After five hours of alternately shredding on the ukulele and laughing about shredding on the ukulele, the sun is on the rise and we know it’s time to go home. Back at the Palihouse Holloway, we nearly pass out on our sumptuous couch before shuttering the blinds and crawling into bed.

The day breaks breezy and sunny, and I’m determined to take Mr Smith to Runyon Canyon, one of my favourite spots in LA. We make the trek to the mountain and lace up our running shoes for the two-hour hike up and around Hollywood. From the top of Runyon, you get gorgeous views of the entire city, including close-up views of the Hollywood sign. Mr Smith is sufficiently impressed and takes dozens of photos from different vantage points around the trail. At one we end up overhearing a conversation between one of the authors of the cult favourite Skinny Bitch diet books and an adoring fan. I nudge Mr Smith. ‘That’s soooooo LA,’ he mouths to me.

After a brief, ahem, nap back at the hotel, Mr Smith and I get ready for dinner at Falcon on Sunset, where we meet up with more of my old college friends to drink, chat and make merry. The night is punctuated with dramatic tales of love and loss as well as hoots and hollers. Fun is had by all.

Back at the Palihouse Holloway, I cosy up to Mr. Smith on the couch, as we recount our Los Angeles adventure. The hotel has been a perfect foil to our weekend – a calm, quiet and relaxing respite from the frenetic adventure we’ve crammed into our two days here. Maybe next time we’ll book the room and not tell anyone we’re in town…

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