Daylight is pleased to announce a new, ongoing series of web content for the Art World Traveler! From time to time, we will post hotel reviews, gallery recommendations, art fair reporting and more, for the thousands and thousands of you who find yourselves traveling the world in the name of great art and design! We hope that this section of our web content will make your time on the road, just a bit more comfortable and enriching.
To kick things off, we are pleased to profile a wonderful, elegant, yet little-known boutique hotel in Los Angeles called Palihouse.
From the first exchange we had with Palihouse, we could tell that service dictated their approach to hotel guest interaction. Our e-mails and phonecalls were responded to in a matter of minutes, the information provided was clear and succinct, no bullshit, no run-around. The booking process was smooth.
Located in West Hollywood, Palihouse isn't much to behold from the street. In fact, its easy to miss the hotel all together! However, upon entering the front doors guest are welcomed by a well-designed, yet dimly lit, lobby (yes, there is a nice bar with wonderful liquor offerings) that steps down to open glass doors edging an intimate, outdoor cafe seating area.
After checking-in at the front desk, I was taken to my room (a Corner King Suite). What a "room." Until I entered, I had no idea the suite was a full apartment complete with kitchen, private outdoor patio, 2 full bathrooms, vaulted ceilings, proper office space, a living room and large dining table. The decor, while somewhat cheap, looked nice (I would like to have seen more and better artwork and felt that some real corners were cut when it came to the quality of furnishings - certainly with regard to artwork selection!). Having said this, the master suite was gorgeous with a wonderful steam shower and large closets. The only thing missing was a television in the master bedroom. My room was a bit noisy on Friday night as the outdoor seating for the cafe / bar is situated such that the suites look down, over the patio, resulting in quite a bit of weekend night chatter. However, the week nights were very quite. The food from the cafe was fresh and tasty, I strongly recommend breakfast (complete with fresh orange juice). Service (both in-room and at the cafe) was impeccible and very fast. In general, Palihouse is an excellent place to stay (especially for extended stay) for anyone who fancies themself a "hotel snob" ;)
I know this is not at all "LA" of me, but there were loads of boutiques and galleries within walking (yes, I wrote walking...) distance of the hotel. There are even a few great restaurants within a couple of blocks.
For the Art World Traveler heading to LA, I'd say the odds are good you'll thoroughly enjoy your stay at Palihouse.
For more and to book, visit: http://www.palihouse.com/