The sky had just cleared from a light spring shower and as I walked into this West Hollywood hideaway, the glistening leaves, the wet iron door handles & the LA sun shining through the trees, all created a strong sense of romanticism. I don’t think my introduction to The Charlie, could have been any more perfect.
In true LA style, I arrived late as I got stuck on the freeway but in that moment I didn’t really care, sure I missed valuable time in what I could tell would soon be one of my favourite hotels but I was here, so I focused on that.
The lady at the reception helped me with my silver suitcase & walked me to my room, The Dylan. Now you should know that each room & bungalow here, has the name of a celebrity that once resided in them.
I’m not too sure which famous Dylan my room is named after but some of the other rooms have slightly more obvious names ~ including the likes of Marilyn, Valentino, Gregory & of course, Charlie.
Now Charlie Chaplin didn’t just reside in his namesake bungalow, he actually owned the whole property around the 1930s. I felt a hum of excitement thinking about of all of the crazy & incredible things that must have happened on these grounds. The parties, the meetings, the sordid romances ~ this perfectly hidden but so central place had some of the greatest stars that ever lived, stay there & it’s definitely one of the reasons The Charlie is so special ~ well, at least to me.
Naturally different room levels have different associated costs ~ when I stayed in the Dylan (which is categorised as one of the smaller rooms) it was around £200 per night but what I’ve come to know is that prices hugely differ depending on when you go & their capacity, sure this is a basic statement but what I’m trying to say is you could get a really great deal. I recently went to book The Charlie Bungalow (one of their bigger rooms) and I saw it for £280 on Tablet Hotels when it’s usually £450..
To be honest my only encounters with the staff was when I checked in & checked out and on both occasions, they were lovely.
They fully stock the fridge with drinks & there is a basket filled with cookies, crisps etc. The prices weren’t the usual “scary hotel” prices, so I actually went through quite a few things & discovered/fell in love with Martinelli’s Apple Juice during my first visit a few years back. Besides this, there’s no on-site catering, but you’re in the heart of West Hollywood, so you have options, plus theres a fully functioning kitchen, so there was a lot of pasta making whilst I was there.
If you know LA, you’ll know walking around is a rarity but with West Hollywood there are a lot more pavements and cool places near by, so its actually one of the best places to stay if you want to explore a little on foot, with the likes of Melrose Place just being a 10 minute walk away.
• Though I love booking with Tablet, The Charlie is one of those hotels that actually has some great deals & advantages when you book with them directly, like late check-out’s & free parking, so I’d check their rates directly when booking – this is something I rarely suggest with hotels.
• Either before or during your trip, do some grocery shopping & have home-cooking filled night. The kitchen has all of the essentials you need and it’s quite nice staying in a old Hollywood bungalow enjoying a home cooked meal.
• The roof deck, though directly outside of the Valentino room, is actually communal, so make use of the usually sun filled, open space!