{ Dallas Shaw x Palihouse Santa Monica }

Ok so, Palihouse is adorable. Years ago I stayed at the Palihouse in west Hollywood and was smitten with the design so when the Carolina Herrera team flew me to Cali and asked where I wanted to stay - Palihouse.

When my car pulled up to the gate at the Santa Monica location before I even took my luggage out I put this photo up "so, the hotel's dope" because take one look at it and you just know you're about to like the place.
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The front courtyard felt old, European almost, but with its own touches of Cali-cool
Charm - palms surrounding the door, a paint dipped picnic area with vintage inspired basketed bikes ready to be driven around the front fountain, past the Baci Bal area on out to the beach.
Instead I had some checking in and checking out of the space to do.
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The lobby shocked me- I didn't realize the design of this Pali was so different that my last Pali! A dark library-esque feel suited the entire building (which was built in 1925. My home was built in 1905, so an old space and creaky floors decked in rich design is my absolute life. ) a burning fireplace, leather chesterfield coaches, rich green booths sat under tall Windows and light pours in those to light up other design elements like stags, floral trays, dark walls, wicker tables, velvet dusty pink seating and a personal favorite - a long thin wooden table in the middle
Of the room to bring it all together. (With small P's painted on each chair). The the details are really special here. The hand-operated elevator , deep hallways with dark paintings, framed hardly noticeable feathered wreaths hidden around corners. My suite (which I got into with an actual key, not an electronic key) was a bit brighter than the downstairs. A velvet green coach, and a pink ottoman sat next to a built-in shelf full of old classic books. The pheasant filled wallpaper changed in print and color as I explored each room - orange and cream in the bedroom, gold in the hallway, a deep hunter green in the bathroom. The large bedroom had Windows that opened (and stayed open most of my trip since the weather was so breezy), a small stag above be bed and a painted dog on an easel in the corner. There was a full kitchen and small table around the corner.  Across from the room, there is a hallway with a seated vanity and the small but charming bathroom.
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So you get it I was obsessed with the design. a very Me mix. But what I found even more impressive was the kind staff.
I like two very different kinds of hotels - huge luxury resorts and boutique hotels with amazing designs and a sweet staff because I really feel at home. This hotel fit the bill.
The staff was Overly accommodating. Polite and not uptight (which is how I want to treat people and be treated in return.) they even brought me coffee to the room and welcomed me with a bottle of wine - this hotel just gets me.
Note: they don't have their liquor license yet so you can't pop by for a drink just yet. You can however hang in the lobby and snack, or meet a friend for a fresh juice and other snacks they serve downstairs.
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