Palihotel Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
Hip, $$ (From $175)
A (not-so-quiet) takeover is happening on LA's West Side. Uber-cool brand Palisociety, the brainchild of hotelier Avi Brosh, has been restoring shuttered Art Deco-era hotels, targeting the modern traveler who seeks a guest experience that is equally intimate, lively, and affordable in established and up-and-coming neighborhoods: Westwood Village, Santa Monica, Culver City, and (to a shopper's delight) Melrose Avenue. With just 32 guest rooms smack dab in the heart of WeHo, a city within the city, Palihotel Melrose Avenue effortlessly blends into its boutique neighborhood with a laid-back and inclusive vibe that is noticeable the minute you walk into the lobby. The rooms are spacious and cozy, with color-coordinated checkered bedding, antique portraits, and lush velvet upholstery on headboards and sofas. Throw in the perk of being walking distance to West Hollywood's best flea markets, museums, Insta-worthy murals, and trendy restaurants, and you have all you need to live your best LA life.
At a Glance
The Vibe: LA's version of a cozy country cottage.
Standout Detail: A prime location near the shopping mecca of Melrose Avenue, blocks from the bustling West Hollywood and Sunset Strip neighborhood.
This Place Is Perfect For: First-timers who want a chilled-out stay within walking distance of the city's best attractions.
Rooms: 32 guest rooms (Twin, Queen, and one King Suite) are boldly colored with checkered bedding, velvet headboards, vintage sofas, and contrasting mustard and midnight walls. Those who want their fifteen minutes of (Instagram) fame should opt for the King suite with a private terrace, clawfoot tub, and views of Melrose Avenue and its well-heeled neighbors. Minibars include wine, champagne, and snacks from Dean and DeLuca.
On Site: Keep your phone on hand for the many camera-ready common areas, including walls of vintage books, a private outdoor courtyard with picnic benches, well-worn vintage sofas, and cozy reading nooks. Ask at the front desk to sample the hotel's limited edition Saint Pali perfume, made in downtown LA and exclusive to Palihotel.
Food + Drink: The Hart & The Hunter — a Palisociety favorite from Seattle now has a So-Cal outpost that brings a rustic, Southern-influenced, family-style menu in an airy and warm setting off the lobby. Their infamous butter biscuits are on the menu (of course!), along with an extended craft beer list and cocktails. Happy hour is actually four and a half hours (2:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday) — plenty of time to pick your poison. Weekend brunch is equally leisurely — served until 4 p.m. (hello, snooze button).
What to Do Nearby
Get your shopping and selfie fix in one on Melrose Avenue: the hot-pink Paul Smith wall (if you're up for the line), eco-chic Reformation for summer dresses, luxury reseller The Real Real, or the LA girl's Melrose staple, Fred Segal. Not the shopping type? Venture to Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) for exhibitions by the likes of Barbara Kruger, Richard Serra, and Mark Bradford. A trip to LA isn't complete without roaming through the ornate lamp posts outside the museum. Once you've made your way through the brunch menu at The Hart & The Hunter, opt for something lighter at the meatless Mexican favorite Gracias Madre, where the guac will keep you dreaming of LA days long after your trip is through.