Hotel Highlights

  • Sleep where Marilyn, Charlie and Clark once lay their heads
  • A quiet escape in the heart of Hollywood
  • Each cottage is totally private

Overview

Aptly named, The Charlie hotel in Los Angeles was once the home of Charlie Chaplin, and the collection of charming 1920s bungalows were used by his struggling actor friends. Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dieitrich, Bette Davis and Clark Gable all stayed here at one time or another. Today, these lovely, fully-equipped cottages, set in beautiful private gardens, are available to rent. Discreet and stylish, it’s a charming change of pace from the traditional West Hollywood hotel stay.

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Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

13 standalone cottages.

Check–out

12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability, for $25 each additional hour. Check-in between 3pm and 5pm; coordinate a check-in outside those hours with the hotel at least 24 hours before arrival.

Rates

Double rooms from $225.00, excluding tax at 15.5 per cent.

More details

There is no food served at The Charlie.

Also

The Charlie’s grounds are a botanist-delighting collection of native plants and bright flowers. The lushly landscaped gardens are home to bougainvillea, roses, hibiscuses and palms that keep your morning coffee private from wandering eyes.

At the hotel

Gardens, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen HDTVs, fully equipped kitchen, washer and dryer, Joseph Abboud toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

The Marilyn, once home to Monroe herself, is the ideal place to channel your inner bombshell, with pictures of the buxom blonde throughout the cottage. The modern kitchen opens onto a private wraparound patio, and the upstairs bedroom overlooks the bougainvillea-laced gardens. The Masha is the largest one-bedroom cottage, and its granite bar with red leather stools makes a glamorous spot for an evening cocktail. The living room has a cosy window seat for reading scripts.

Packing tips

Oversized starlet-style sunglasses for alfresco lunches; reusable tote bags for visits to the nearby Original Farmers Market; map of historic stars’ homes to see who else has lived nearby over the years.

Also

No smoking indoors, but you can light up in the gardens and on the patios. Dogs are welcome; a $100 non-refundable deposit is payable for your pooch to bed down in your cottage.

Children

Children of all ages are welcome at the Charlie. Baby cots are available free; extra beds are $25 a night.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

 No restaurant, though guests who call ahead with a grocery list can have the cottage kitchen fully stocked before arrival. You’ve a full kitchen to chef it up in, and a farmers’ market a few blocks down Fairfax.

Hotel Bar

 None, but you’ve a refrigerator to stock, and a handful of smart watering holes in the neighbourhood.

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Dress code

Silk pajamas.

Top table

Your private patio is the ideal spot for snacks and breakfast.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Local restaurants

Three blocks from The Charlie, Rick Bayless’s swinging Red O (+1 323 655 5009; www.redorestaurant.com) serves California-style Mexican dishes, bright ceviche and potent, fruity margaritas in a see-and-be-seen space on Melrose Avenue. Book a table at the wildly popular, minimalist Animal (+1 323 782 9225; www.animalrestaurant.com) on Fairfax Avenue for small plates that showcase less-popular cuts of meat in superlative preparations. Try the poutine with oxtail gravy, pigs’ ears with chilli, and buffalo-style pigs’ tails. Talented chef David Myers presides over the lively Comme Ça bistro on Melrose Avenue (+1 323 782 1104 or www.commecarestaurant.com), which ladles bouillabaisse, shucks oysters and minces steak tartare for Francophiles. Two miles away, Pizzeria Mozza at the corner of Melrose and North Highland Avenues (+ 1 323 297 0101 or www.pizzeriamozza.com) expertly blisters large, doughy pies and serves a near-addictive butterscotch budino at dessert.

Local bars

The Roger Room on La Cienega (+1 310 854 1300) is a dimly lit speakeasy-style bar with clever spins on classic cocktails. Chef Michael Voltaggio’s ink. (+1 323 651 5866; www.mvink.com) two blocks away on Melrose Avenue houses a lively bar with a selection of tonics and mixers that could rival an apothecary’s stash.

Local cafés

A leisurely mile-and-a-half stroll away, the Original Farmers Market at Third Street and Fairfax Avenue (+1 323 933 8929 or www.farmersmarketla.com) is a city landmark that holds market stalls, food shops, fruit stands and cafes with outdoor seating. Behind it, the newly constructed mall, the Grove, holds several upscale restaurants with patio seating. Kings Road Café (+1 323 655 9044; www.kingsroadcafe.com), a seven-block walk away on Beverly Boulevard, is a favourite spot for screenwriters and script-studying actors. Sweet Lady Jane nearby on Melrose Avenue (+1 323 653 7145; www.sweetladyjane.com) is an ideal afternoon stop-off for treats from the in-house bakery: the fancy cakes and fruit tarts are both beautiful and scrumptious.

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Hidden in West Hollywood

The Charlie

819 North Sweetzer Avenue, West Hollywood, CA 90069, United States

The Charlie Hotel is located in West Hollywood on Sweetzer Avenue, near Santa Monica Boulevard.

Planes

LAX, the closest airport, is 30 minutes away, and is visited by most major international and domestic airlines, including Continental (www.continental.com), Virgin Atlantic (www.virginatlantic.com) and British Airways (www.ba.com).

Trains

Downtown’s Union Station is about 25 minutes away and serves Santa Barbara, San Diego and Ventura; the Glendale Amtrak station is roughly 20 minutes by car.

Automobiles

Though its traffic-snarled thoroughfares are infamous, expansive Los Angeles is best tackled via car. From Santa Monica Boulevard, head south on Sweetzer two blocks to reach The Charlie. The hotel has parking spaces available for guests, which is helpful in the permit-only neighbourhood of West Hollywood.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Every hotel is visited personally by members of our team and given the Smith seal of approval. As soon as our anonymous reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in West Hollywood and unpacked their California oranges and sandals, a full account of their city escape will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside the Charlie…

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The Charlie

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Every hotel is visited personally by members of our team and given the Smith seal of approval. As soon as our anonymous reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in West Hollywood and unpacked their California oranges and sandals, a full account of their city escape will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside the Charlie…

The story of the Charlie could be scripted for the big screen. In 2002, now-owner Menachem Treivush wandered by the dilapidated cottages, which were scheduled to be demolished to make way for a condo complex. Unwilling to see them lost to Tinseltown history, Treivush and his daughter bought the lot, spent five years on a modernising make-over, and created a leafy retreat in the heart of West Hollywood – the kind of place where starlets sip cocktails on private patios, and chiselled leading men thumb through scripts on sun-dappled window seats.

Owned by Charlie Chaplin, the tiny English-style cottages were once lodgings for the actor’s friends, including Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable and Gloria Swanson. Now named after many of the original occupants, the unique spaces capture old-world Hollywood style, with framed photos of their namesakes and special touches. The spacious two-bedroom Clark has masculine red-leather chairs, zebra rugs and two patios, whereas the Marlene is bright and open with floor-to-ceiling windows, overstuffed chairs and a designated office area to keep work and play apart. Each is tucked into flower-filled gardens for extra privacy, all the better for seclusion-seeking celebrities looking for low-key luxury. Charlie’s chums may have left the buildings long ago, but their billboard-gracing modern equivalents have come back, and no wonder: this is an estate with obvious star power.

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