The Charlie

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The Charlie

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Once upon a time, The Charlie in West Hollywood was Charlie Chaplin’s home, with an array of tiny bungalows occupied by his up-and-coming actor friends. Over the years, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Bette Davis and Clark Gable were invited to bed down. The Charlie’s star didn’t fade in the golden age: today, there’s a good chance incognito celebrities are hiding behind the bougainvillea in 1920s-era cottages named after their most famous silver-screen occupants.

Highlights:

  • Sleep where Marilyn, Charlie and Clark once lay their heads

    A quiet escape in the heart of Hollywood

    Each cottage is totally private

Smith extra

Fresh bowl of fruit on arrival.

In the know

Also need to know:

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. 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.

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.

Dress code:

Silk pajamas.

Mr and Mrs Smith reviews

‘Perhaps the Ruth Gordon suite will be available?’ I say to Mr Smith as we cruise along Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. ‘Who?’ Mr Smith asks, a quizzical eyebrow inching above his Ray-Bans. ‘The actress – Harold and Maud… Rosemary’s Baby?' I offer.

Mr Smith is a student of high (heady literature, in-depth news blogs) and low (brain-rotting TV, ie: The Bachelor) culture, but not much for classic (or, in this case, cult classic) films. No matter, with the window down and his tortoiseshell-framed shades on, he’s looking all the part of movie-star handsome today.

Slight romance spoiler alert:

Accommodation details

Address:

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

Location:

7.7 mi / 12.3 km from city centre

General facilities

  • Internet services
  • On-Site parking
  • Onsite laundry

Dining information

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.

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.

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