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Weekend Getaway: The Charlie is an English Retreat in the Heart of Hollywood

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Mar. 21 2022, Published 11:16 a.m. ET

The Charlie Hotel in West Hollywood is one of the area’s most beloved historic hotels. Once owned by a very special Hollywood superstar, celebrities such as Liv Tyler and Kristen Stewart have come and gone through its halls for generations. If you’re looking for a place in West Hollywood to take a break from the bustle, The Charlie is the perfect blend of historic and homey; elegant and comfortable. Here’s a look at what guests can expect during a stay at The Charlie, and why it’s the perfect place to make your Weekend Getaway.

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The Charlie: Rooms and More

Weekend Getaway: The Charlie is an English Retreat in the Heart of Hollywood

The Charlie Hotel gets its name from a previous owner: none other than Charlie Chaplin. With charming English bungalow architecture and the kind of guests that make their own history, going to the Charlie feels like taking a step back in time into the Golden Era of Hollywood.

When approaching the hotel, you’ll wonder if you stepped out of 2020’s Hollywood and into Olde England, with exposed dark beam architecture and white plaster walls. Lush English gardens welcome guests to the retreat beyond. Each room has its own name and its own unique designation and decoration – rumor has it, they’re named after famous guests who have stayed there over the years. Names include the Betty (Davis), Marilyn (Monroe) and more. Whether you stay in the queen studio Steve with its own private balcony and kitchenette, or spring for the Valentino suite that spans 2000-2500sqft and offers a private rooftop patio, you’ll feel like the only guest there.

Decor ranges from the cool white and serene to the colorful and elegant, with each space in the hotel uniquely and meticulously crafted to keep that English cottage atmosphere. Dark exposed beams inside and white walls continue that exterior vibe. Stained and leaded glass windows throughout the building will inspire you like the great writers of yesteryear. Homey touches like photographs and throw blankets make it feel like your home away from home.

The hotel staff promises “white glove service with a personal touch,” and guests will find they deliver on that promise.

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History From Across the Pond

Weekend Getaway: The Charlie is an English Retreat in the Heart of Hollywood

The Charlie is the intersection of Golden Era Hollywood, and the charm of English hospitality. The hotel’s website shares a brief synopsis of its history; “The Charlie, previously known as The Farm was built in 1924 by Elizabeth Gordon and later purchased and redeveloped by Charlie Chaplin. Each suite is named after a celebrity who once resided inside. After Charlie Chaplin sold the property in the late 1940s it began to fall into a state of disrepair. In 2002 after 70 years of neglect Menachem Treivush, a real estate developer and entrepreneur was inspired to bring back a lost treasure from near collapse.”

The hotel is also ideally located, close to everything you’ll want to experience during your stay in WeHo. Leisure Magazine wrote of the location, “Located in Los Angeles’s popular West Hollywood neighbourhood, the hotel’s location is ideal for any traveler, especially shoppers and foodies, with the address locked between Melrose Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard. For those who want to check out nearby attractions, The Grove is a local favourite, with both fast and high fashion shops available for perusal, in addition to dining and a cinema. And, just adjacent to the outdoor shopping mall, is a must-see attraction for Top Chef fans: The Original Farmers Market.”

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The Art of the Weekend Getaway

The best part about the perfect Weekend Getaway is that it doesn’t have to hit every single bucket list point. Because a quick getaway is designed to be just that, you can do it again the next weekend – somewhere else. The art of finding the perfect getaway means locating a place that’s just close enough to a city or airport that you aren’t wasting hours of your weekend getting there – but is designed to be or is far enough away from the busy parts of urban life to make it feel like your own special oasis.

With Weekend Getaway, we find places that are close to it all – but not too close – so you can maximize your precious time off to get in the most fun and relaxing possible.

At The Charlie, we find it to be the perfect combination of close and convenient plus removed and relaxing. To plan your stay in the heart of WeHo, touch history and get a little playful feel of that British vibe – visit the website for more information.

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