It isn’t as intimate as some of its competitors, rooms are smallish, and its perch on a high bluff across Pacific Coast Highway from the beach makes it something less than a resort—yet this hotel’s dedication to guests’ privacy has garnered favor with Hollywood celebrities since 1921. (Greta Garbo was one of the first guests to move into the six-story Palisades Wing, built in 1924 for long-term stays.) The hotel is still known for its inconspicuous luxury and service, while its 32 secluded garden bungalows from the 1930s appeal to those seeking retreat. But it also draws more outgoing types with its convenient location at the ege of blufftop Palisades Park, at the north end of the bustling Third Street Promenade’s shops and restaurants, and within walking distance of the pier. The Palisades Tower’s larger rooms are best suited to families. Those in the modern 10-story Ocean Tower have balconies. Both feature classic decor with splashes of color against a neutral palette, with the sumptuous linens and elegant furnishings you would expect. The excellent FIG restaurant, named for the enormous tree in front of the hotel, serves seasonal dishes made with local ingredients.
- Frommer's Staff