ISSUE 98  |  Under the Covers

A Mediterranean-Revival Beach Lodge, Santa Monica Edition

November 12, 2013 6:00 PM

BY Izabella Simmons

Meet Palihouse, sister property to the Palihotel on Melrose Avenue. Located in a historic Moorish-style Mediterranean-revival building, the 36-room hotel is all about old-world urban luxury with a hint of salt air.

Owned by hotelier and design devotee Avi Brosh, this latest Paligroup property is tucked into a residential neighborhood in Santa Monica three blocks from the beach (and within walking distance of the Santa Monica Third Street Promenade and Farmer’s Market). When the 1927 structure–formerly a residential hotel–came on the market, Brosh jumped at the opportunity to restore it as a boutique hotel ready to welcome both short- and long-term guests. (If you’re in town filming a movie, you can move into one of the suites with full kitchens.) Have a look around–you might want to pack a smoking jacket along with your surfboard.

Photography via Palihouse

Above: The newly opened Palihouse is located in a 1927 landmark Santa Monica building that’s been lavishly restored, starting at the front entrance. 

Above: The hotel has its original wood-burning fireplaces, carved wood ceiling beams, and Malibu-tiled floors.

Above: Double banquets are upholstered in mohair in the moody lounge, with charcoal walls that set off the building’s preserved Moorish-style windows.

Above: The English-inspired bar area has an ornately carved counter and white tufted barstools.

Above: The hotel has 36 spacious, light-filled guest rooms, many with French doors that let in the sea air.


Above: Several walls throughout the hotel are covered in toile de Jouy wallpaper mixed with curiosities, including tripod bedside lamps.

Above: A grand dressing room with mirrored closet doors and a vanity.

Above: Several of the rooms have fully equipped kitchens with eating areas.

Above: A living room in one of the studio guest suites.

Above: Two penthouse suites work well for families. In addition to a master bedroom, Penthouse One, shown here, has a room with curtained-off, built-in bunk beds and a dining table for eight.

Above: A luxurious Hollywood-style bathroom with twin pedestal sinks, a marble floor, and scalloped mirrors.

Above: Outdoor amenities include shaded terraces and, in the front, a bocce court. For more information, visit the Palihouse in Santa Monica

Curious to see what the Palihotel on Melrose Avenue location looks like? Check out Where the Brits are: Palihouse in LA. Heading to LA? Don’t miss our Los Angeles City Guide.