Chaplin, Monroe, Gable… other than being Hollywood royalty, these legendary stars all shacked up (though not together) at the property now known as The Charlie. Facing potential tear down to make room for a new development, this small, charming enclave in West Hollywood was acquired by Menachem Treivush in 2002 and lovingly restored to its former glory and reopened to the public as guest accommodations. Now, just in time for awards season, you can book your own bit of Hollywood history and sleep in the shadows of cinema giants.
Recommended Resort: The Charlie. Not a traditional hotel, The Charlie is actually an assortment of bungalows surrounding a gorgeous garden. Built in 1924 by the Ruth Gordon family (of Harold and Maude and Rosemary’s Baby fame) these little pieces of heaven became temporary havens to the aforementioned stars, especially its signature namesake.
Following the multi-million dollar restoration, the property is better than ever and awaiting your close-up. Each is touchingly named in homage to a famous celebrity and styled in sleek Hollywood fashion. Most feature a kitchen and private area, be it a balcony or a patio. Units range in size from two-story to one-story living spaces.
Check In: 819 N. Sweetzer Avenue in West Hollywood. 323-988-9000, thecharliehotel.com
Check Out: The Marilyn. Home to Marilyn herself in the ’40s, this stand-alone two story cottage features two bedrooms and one and a half baths. The dining room overlooks the lush gardens and the bedroom opens to a large wrap around patio, perfect for a post-Oscar champagne brunch.
Don’t Miss: Hollywood…of course. The Chaplin has the benefit of being located in a quiet residential neighborhood without being too far away from the action. West Hollywood is a great spot for cafes, restaurants and shopping, especially along famous Melrose Avenue and ever evolving La Cienega.
For more reliable tourist fare, head up to Sunset and Hollywood Boulevards, where historical landmarks like the Hollywood Bowl, Grauman’s Chinese and the Walk of Fame await your camera opp. For a bit of Hollywood dining history, make a reservation at Musso & Franks…one of the oldest eateries in the area and a favorite hide out for the stars.
Blog post by Always a Bridesmaid Contributor Darren Elms.
Photos courtesy of The Charlie.