Imagine having your own pied-à-terre within walking distance of the Sunset Strip, Melrose’s best shopping, and West Hollywood’s hip bars and eateries. The pad itself would feel like a loft from some cross between London and New York, exposed brick lending an industrial vibe tempered by soft Old World furnishings, and large, iron-framed windows letting in floods of Southern California sunshine all day long. Naturally, there would be a rooftop garden—with cocktails, of course—and a living room–like café downstairs that turns into one of the city’s hottest scenes at night.
Hotelier Avi Brosh has read travelers’ minds; the first outpost in his Paligroup line, Palihouse West Hollywood has an organically vintage feel to it, its all-suites accommodations inspired by the days when one might visit a city for a month at a time, as opposed to just a weekend. Not only does each suite (and more recently-opened residence) have a full kitchen, living area, and state-of-the-art media system, but the full-service luxury experience includes chauffeured cars, personal shopper and stylist services, grocery-stocking, and in-room fitness sessions. Oh, and the Brasserie and rooftop bar may seem exclusive to others, but guests can always get a reservation.
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Even though Palihouse offers rental and chauffeured car services to whisk guests nearly anywhere in Los Angeles, several of the city's most action-packed neighborhoods are within reasonable walking distance, a rare feat in this car town. The shopping and dining around Melrose Place is just a few blocks south, with favorite boutiques such as Ten Over Six and popular restaurants such as Urth Caffe and The Nice Guy. The Sunset Strip is a few blocks north of the hotel, with its iconic nightlife, dining, and shopping that includes Book Soup, the House of Blues, and Night + Market restaurant. And, of course, West Hollywood itself is packed with spots to see and be seen, including Fig & Olive and the Troubadour. If visitors do choose to hop in the car, Beverly Hills and West Third Street are both just a few minutes away, and Santa Monica Boulevard offers a direct line to the beach.
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Rooms: 37 suites. From $280. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: 11 a.m. Dining options: Popular with both well-heeled locals and guests, the leafy, European-inspired Courtyard Brasserie serves fresh, inventive comfort food for Angelenos—think avocado toast, grilled octopus, and fresh juices—three meals a day. With its Moroccan-tiled floors, overstuffed velvet booths, and vintage prints on the walls, the adjacent lobby lounge often has a line to get in and is a trendy spot to see and be seen over a craft cocktail. Up in the Sunset Cocktail Lounge on the scenic rooftop, Adirondack chairs and fringed umbrellas set the scene for in-the-know locals on Thursday to Saturday evenings—and is open to hotel guests at all hours. Spa and gym details: The hotel has neither a gym nor a spa, but it does offer in-room spa and beauty treatments, personal training sessions, and yoga and Pilates classes. Passes to a nearby gym are also available.
Who's it best for: Style-conscious travelers staying in L.A. for more than a few days. Our favorite rooms: The spacious suites are meant to be lived in and loved, so there’s plenty of substance to their style (of overstuffed chesterfield and vintage studio lamps)—substance that includes fully equipped, marble-topped kitchens and, for many, a private balcony with views of the hills. The Corner Suites are especially picturesque, with exposed brick walls and large, loft-style arched windows. The newer residences—intended for one- to three-month stays—are even bigger and have lofted ceilings and Persian carpet–topped hardwood floors. Head for the sun: Palihouse West Hollywood may not be on the beach like its Santa Monica sibling, but that doesn’t mean guests can’t pretend. The front desk offers “beach” towels to take up to the leafy rooftop, which is guests-only during the sunny daytime.