Part English lodge, part industrial garage, Palihotel Melrose is a trendy hipster haven in the unlikeliest place: practically at the corner of Melrose and Fairfax in the heart of one of Los Angeles’ busiest neighborhoods. The dramatic decor is a harmonious mélange of iron-framed windows, velvet chairs, leather chesterfields, rough-hewn wood accents, exposed pipes, and so many old books—in other words, it’s unlike anywhere in L.A. (except maybe its Palihouse siblings). And, with stripped-down services (no in-room phones, many rooms with twin beds, and little on the premises except rooms and a restaurant) and prices to reflect that, it’s also surprisingly affordable for somewhere so well situated and cool.
Rooms may be on the small side for L.A., but they’re dramatically moody (made for sleeping in after a night on the town) and filled with all the requisite trendy inclusions, like Dean & Deluca minibars. The Hart and the Hunter restaurant—decked out with vintage tiles and a portrait of T.S. Eliot—is a sceney brunch and dinner spot for hip locals, and the lobby lounge becomes a lively bar by evening.