In 1923, the Hotel West End in Culver City served as a boarding house. And while many historic Los Angeles properties go the way of the bulldozer, this one was spared and reinvented by Palisociety — the group behind some of the area’s most stylish (and most photographed) hotels and restaurants. The Grifka Group, led by developer Leo Grifka, took the dilapidated building down to the studs, and Palihotel Culver City came to life.
The 49-room hotel is on a quiet street, but just steps away from the area’s vibrant (and growing) downtown area. The design concept by of Avi Brosh (CEO and Founder of Palisociety) and his in-house team has a vibe that can’t quite be pinned down — which is a very good thing. Think Parisian boutique, art-deco masterpiece, bohemian paradise, and urban oasis… all in one.
The exterior features an art-deco inspired façade as well as a colorful mural installation. The lobby shows off vintage artwork, custom light fixtures, and all the quirky accessories Pali properties are known for. On the first floor is Simonette, an intimate indoor/outdoor restaurant with a French bistro-style menu and, it’s worth mentioning, a killer cocktail list. We suggest snagging a table outside under the Carrotwood tree and ordering the “Sunday Girl” — Japanese whisky, Campari, St-Germain, apricot, citric acid, Garibaldi jello slice.
For those who wish to stay, there are both King and Twin rooms available, each with custom, one-of-a-kind furniture and artwork. It’s a welcoming aesthetic that feels closer to a friend’s well-designed guest room than a hotel. Select rooms have French doors with courtyard access, while others offer a view of the garden. Whether you’re traveling to the L.A. area or an Angeleno looking for a staycation, Palihotel Culver City should be at the top of your list.