News February 07 2013

From hip Hollywood hideaways to Beverly Hills boutique hotels, hotel experts Mr & Mrs Smith share their picks for the coolest places to stay in LA.

The Charlie
Style Little bit of Britain
Setting Hidden in West Hollywood

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.

Double rooms from AU$623

Chateau Marmont
Style Louche, luxe and legendary
Setting High on Sunset

Predictable but always good fun, this luxury hotel in Los Angeles is where the stars go to get their rocks off in private (or in public, if they court the limelight). Built in 1920 using blueprints drawn from a French castle in the Loire Valley, Chateau Marmont has a history as spectacular as its architecture and a reputation as hedonistic as it is glamorous. The arts and crafts ‘castle on the hill’ is the epitome of all that’s great and good about tinseltown: glamorous, cool and utterly captivating.

Double rooms from AU$417

Petit Ermitage
Style Bohemia, with butterflies
Setting Heart of West Hollywood

Just off Santa Monica Boulevard, Petit Ermitage is an eccentric muddle of art, antiques, flora and fauna. The owners’ collection of artefacts and paintings are displayed throughout the hotel, adding gallery-like gravitas. One thing’s for sure: you won’t be bored here, whether dining in the Garden–the outdoor restaurant packed with vibrant blooms which also doubles as a butterfly and hummingbird sanctuary–watching the sunset from the deck by the flickering flames of the outdoor fireplace, or sipping a mojito by the rooftop pool.

Double rooms from AU$235  

Thompson Beverly Hills
Style Big Apple in LA
Setting Upmarket design district

A dash of East Coast sophistication in the heart of Los Angeles, the Thompson Beverly Hills is like the backdrop to a Helmut Newton photograph – all dark-toned 1970s-style and black-leather accessories. With a prime location close to Rodeo Drive, as well as a rooftop bar that screams – well, drawls – laid-back cool, it’s fast becoming a scene in its own right.

Double rooms from AU$200

The Standard Downtown LA
Style Groovy retro spy HQ
 High-rise downtown playground

What do you get if you cross James Bond bachelor chic, mid-century metropolitan architecture and acid-bright pop-culture wit? The Standard Downtown LA. This fun and funky downtown boutique hotel in Los Angeles bears all the outré hallmarks of dynamic hotelier André Balazs: one of the coolest bars in LA, baths big enough for basketball players, and on-the-money decor that cries out to be a Sixties-era film set.

Double rooms from AU$177

“For more information on boutique stays visit or contact the Expert Travel Team on 1300 89 66 27”