Palisociety has debuted its inaugural property in San Diego. Palihotel San Diego, the independent hospitality brand’s 15th property overall and its second opening of the year, occupies the site of the former St. James Hotel, an early 20th-century landmark in the city’s Gaslamp Quarter.
“The city of San Diego is a natural extension of our home base of Los Angeles, but with a personality all its own that easily complements Palihotel’s playful, irreverent style,” says Palisociety founder Avi Brosh. “We enthusiastically welcomed the opportunity to transform this gem of a property and pay homage to its roots as the St. James, while injecting our own modern-day sense of classic and unexpected charm into every space.”
The Saint James French Diner, helmed by chef Casey Lane, will open onsite in a few weeks. The restaurant and bar blends the utilitarian nature of American diners with the subtle elegance of French bistros. Crowning the property on its 11th floor, Palihotel San Diego’s rooftop deck comprise alfresco lounge seating overlooking the city skyline.
Queen, king, king suite, and ADA-accessible configurations span the hotel’s 122 guestrooms, each of which feature the brand’s signature layered design aesthetic. A preppy, nautical theme is conjured via an interplay of pattern and textures. Vintage details and furnishings also abound alongside a subdued palette of muted pink, blue, and gray hues.