Gabby Mejia

Palihouse

www.campgabby.com
  • Where:Santa Monica
  • Why:Won a getaway courtesy of A Hotel Life & Krug's Instagram competition!
  • When:July 4th Weekend
  • Who:Me and my boyfriend and creative partner, Danilo Lauria
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Avi Brosh's distinctive curation and attention to detail.

Conjuring Gertrude Stein, Hemingway, Joyce, Picasso and Matisse in the Palihouse SM salon.

The ubiquitous P.

Sumptuous window banquettes.

Gabskidermy.

Dramatic curtain call.

Bubbly welcomes are always best.

Prints, papers, palettes, particulars...Palihouse.

P. is for a perfect night's sleep.

We almost stole the robes.

Full-size kitchens, perfect for longer stays.

The sunlit breakfast nook.

Selfies in the dressing room's vanity mirror.

Lovely garden terrace with Malibu tiles and Cyprus trees.

Cruising by the Santa Monica Pier on the rental Linus Dutchi bikes.

The elegant Spanish Colonial Revival-style.

Highs & Lows

  • The Linus “Dutchi” bike rentals for cruising along the beach from Santa Monica to Venice or Malibu; or to Abbot Kinney, Third Street Promenade or the Santa Monica Farmers Market, where you can fill the basket up with organic produce to cook in your very own Palihouse kitchen.

  • 100% smoke free.

  • Handsome, well-appointed, spacious suites with stealable custom toiletries and stationery; but they’ll charge you for that irresistable Le Labo candle, so think before you strike the match!

  • No pool. If you’re not into chilly, briny Pacific dips, they’ll arrange to take you to Annenberg Beach House for use of its pool.

  • Front desk can be understaffed and slow during busier periods, but they more than make up for it with courteous, knowledgeable and accommodating service.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 40/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Unique, sophisticated, eccentric boutique beach lodge.

  • Vibe

    Smart, cultivated, old world meets 21st Century Modernist salon. Good for horn-rimmed, spec-wearing, literary types – details, details, details! The hotel is meticulously riddled with bric-a-brac, oil paintings, textiles galore, bespoke wallpaper, bell jar terrariums and taxidermy.

  • Location

    On a quiet block of Third Street, just steps from bustling Third Street Promenade and the beach.

  • Rooms

    38

  • Music

    Big band mornings, Indie afternoons/evenings.

  • Year Opened

    2013, one-month old!

  • Designed By

    Owner Avi Brosh

  • Pool/Gym

    Neither. The beach is a stone’s throw away.

  • Restaurant

    Cozy café in the salon-esque lobby offers a good breakfast and lunch menu.

  • Bar

    No bar, though the quaint, diminutive coffee counter will soon be serving cocktails exclusively to hotel guests.

  • Children

    We found the well-mannered progeny of the chic, worldly guests poking about the lobby’s curio totally adorbs.

  • Price

    Good bang for your buck.

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