Mini-bars in the rooms and a bar in the lobby that could sell alcohol between 6 a.m. and 2 a.m. for guests (“Residents oppose hotel’s request to sell alcohol,” April 2). This is a slippery slope that could easily morph into offering a high-end restaurant for visitors as well. Definitely out of place in a neighborhood of residential apartments and a nursing facility across the street.

There is one other apartment-style hotel just a block away from the soon-to-be-refurbished Embassy Apartments and Hotel. They, too, offer hotel lodging with kitchen and dining area, but, thankfully, no food or liquor provided by hotel owners.

I recently stayed at the Embassy Hotel for four weeks while I and my condo were recovering from an unfortunate fire. A charming, if somewhat old-world and limited hotel with limited amenities (no bellhop; a tiny, but functional and strange elevator requiring more than two hands to navigate with luggage; a way-too-soft bed that left me with an aching back; and a rattling radiator in my room that leaked water). But, oh, the beautiful floor-to-ceiling windows that opened to Third Street; drapes that when closed shut out all street noise and light; the compact and serviceable kitchen and dining area; the extremely well-designed desk with drawers that allowed me to access the Internet and work comfortably from my room; maid service that I trusted explicitly; two wonderful and always helpful concierges (managers); a building safely locked after 7 p.m., accessible only with the key the hotel staff provided to guests; and a gorgeous, 1927 high-ceiling lobby complete with grand piano and fireplace, often peopled with guests from around the world. Who knew about this hidden gem?

Yes, the hotel does need upgrading, but Palihouse owners have plans that could damage the neighborhood.


Anna Sklar

Santa Monica

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