- Style Little bit of Britain
- Setting Hidden in West Hollywood
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.
Need to know
- Rooms 13 standalone cottages.
- Rates Double rooms from $250.00, excluding tax at 14 per cent.
- More details There is no food served at The Charlie.
- Facilities Gardens, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen HDTVs, fully equipped kitchen, washer and dryer, Joseph Abboud toiletries.
- 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.
Children Children of all ages are welcome at the Charlie. Baby cots are available free; extra beds are $25 a night.
- 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.
In the know
- 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 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.
Food and drink at The Charlie
- 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.
- Dress code Silk pajamas.
- Top table Your private patio is the ideal spot for snacks and breakfast.
- Hotel bar None, but you’ve a refrigerator to stock, and a handful of smart watering holes in the neighbourhood.