Palihouse Santa Monica and Palihotel in Culver City Brings Quirky Sophistication to Southern California

Both offer an unconventionally elegant experience.

Palisociety prides itself on tastefulness that’s not devoid of character. The chain of luxury hotels and residencies created by Avi Brosh have locations in Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco, but their Santa Monica and Culver City locations exemplify the panache that they’re known for.

Palihouse Santa Monica has a carefully curated ambiance. A delightfully eclectic mix of cultures, it’s a meditative tribute to LA history, hearkening back “to the days when Santa Monica was the last Los Angeles rail stop,” according to their website. Influenced by Mediterranean Revival architecture, the building boasts old-fashioned opulence, with abundant courtyards and an exquisite lobby. Inside, the living room features abundant natural light and swanky furniture. The bedroom is a pastel haven straight out of a Wes Anderson movie, with mounted antlers above the headboard. The bathroom also has an eccentric flair, with gorgeous, vintage-inspired wallpaper. The two penthouses favor a more contemporary (but no less aesthetically pleasing) interior design. In keeping with this tone, their custom-made, signature body cream scent is just as unique as the hotel itself, best described as incense with sandalwood and violet notes.

Palihotel in Culver City takes the urbanity expected from Palisociety and adds even more vibrancy. Electric blue on the outside (with one side coated in a wonderfully surreal floral pattern), the vividness doesn’t fade once you enter the hotel. The common areas mix neutrals with pops of color, crafting a sense of playfulness. The rooms are nearly identical in terms of decoration– each has Palisociety’s famous plaid comforter and pillowcases with the embroidered “P” insignia, with retro artwork hung on the bathroom walls.

Both the Culver City and Santa Monica locations value experience and presentation but not in a bland, generic way. Palihouse and Palihotel possess a whimsical quality that’s all their own.

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