Posh Boutique Hotel in the Heart of West Hollywood
With its giant mansions, movie studios, and the famous Hollywood sign up in the Hollywood Hills, the neighborhood of West Hollywood epitomizes the glamour and grandeur of Los Angeles. Palihotel Melrose Avenue is set in the heart of West Hollywood, and it doesn't look at all like a traditional hotel; its design is more akin to that of some of the stylish super-homes that line the neighborhood.
The lobby area is decorated with carefully chosen artwork, set amid old-fashioned Edison light bulbs and mod furnishings. Faded photographs are pinned to the walls of the double and queen rooms, and vintage ladders lean up against surfaces to act as shelves or coat hangers. In the interest of total relaxation, rooms are blissfully free of telephones and alarm clocks, though these can be requested from the front desk. Through floor-to-ceiling windows, you can catch a glimpse of the hotel’s green courtyard; some of the windows open up to private verandas overlooking the Hollywood Hills and Sandra Bullock’s backyard hedge maze.
Downstairs, you’ll find a busy coffee shop and dining area, The Hart and The Hunter, which serves entrees such as smoked trout with avocado toast and brussels-sprouts-and-peanut salad. There's an onsite blow-dry bar, too: stylists at Vanity make hair sleek and shiny for nights out on the town.
West Hollywood, Los Angeles: Famous Streets and Funky Stores
Situated northwest of downtown Los Angeles and adjacent to Beverly Hills, West Hollywood can feel unreal at times—it's the site of CBS studios and movie sets, and its streets have served as filming locations for the silver screen over and over again. Just a short walk away from Palihotel, you’ll find the flickering lights of the Sunset Strip and the designer shops of Rodeo Drive.
Step past the front doors of Palihotel, and you're already smack dab in the middle of the Melrose shopping district, which is lined with comedy clubs, funky clothing boutiques, vintage stores, and kitschy themed restaurants. Melrose is a nice change of pace from the traffic and sprawl of the city; it's a relaxed area designed for pedestrians, lined with wildly painted buildings.