The shingled storybook bungalows here were originally developed by Charlie Chaplin in the 1920s, on a farm once owned by actress Ruth Gordon’s family, as a pied-à-terre for himself and a hideaway for his Hollywood friends. The restored rooms are named for stars reported to have stayed or partied in them over the years. Each is different, but all share attention to period detail, plenty of space, modern black-and-white kitchens couched in traditional style, and an abundance of natural light. Except for a single studio—considerably larger than comparably priced hotel rooms, with a full kitchen and private entry patio—all units are one- or two-bedroom suites. The Charlie is a super-private two-story cottage with an office area, patio, and two of the “Little Tramp’s” canes, retrieved from the basement, displayed over the fireplace. The Marilyn, where the sensual actress lived in the 1940s, is a free-standing two-bedroom with a private wrap-around patio opening off the kitchen. This is not a full-service hotel; with no front desk, fitness center or restaurant, it’s more akin to a vacation rental—a sublime, atmospheric retreat swaddled in greenery, yet convenient to the diversions of West Hollywood, Beverley Hills, and Hollywood.
- Frommer's Staff