The Charlie Hotel in Los Angeles is simply the best boutique hotel in the city. Where do I even begin? I booked the Valentino suite for a girlfriend's bachelorette evening in December. I contacted the hotel's manager - Masha - prior to booking the suite with about a million questions and she couldn't have possibly been more accommodating to my questions or more pleasant to work with.
I wanted to see the suite before I booked it to make sure that it met my needs, and arranged a time to go over to the hotel to see it. Let me just say that I am very picky about hotels and I was utterly enchanted with the exterior AND interior of the property. The exterior of the property is like an enchanted English garden with beautiful low-lit stone walkways and beautiful vines and flowers everywhere. What also struck me was that the property was so quiet as if you had been transported from L.A. to a serene and placid place where a good night's sleep was guaranteed.
So then, do not even get me started on the Valentino suite because it is just perfection. It's 2.5 bedrooms, bathroom and kitchen are just utterly perfectly appointed, and reflect the charming bungalow feel of the exterior. It's cozy yet modern, and the kitchen is everything that a small group of people could possibly need for a getaway. And what few items we did need - coffee filters, some ice and an iron - were guaranteed by Masha to be on-site the night of the bachelorette. The 2nd bedroom downstairs leads out to a private wooden patio - perfect for sipping some morning coffee, and the upstairs master bedroom is MASSIVE! Since the Valentino sleeps 6, it was perfect for our group. I got the room for $600/night before taxes and trust me - having done my research for this event for a month, this was a STEAL! I had been looking at suites all over town and even a Malibu beach home rental, and nothing came even close to this as far as spaciousness, aesthetic appeal, amenities, and customer service.
I booked the room immediately for the event, and Masha even let me take the room earlier on the day of the event so that I could get everything set up. The suite came with 1 parking space which worked out perfectly for dropping things off for the event, and for vendors to drop off food for our dinner, etc..All of the girls in attendance couldn't believe that they didn't know this hotel existed because it is just so perfect and beautiful. We all continued to ooh and ahh over the charming details of the place all night, and when we needed a tutorial on the DVD player and then later a spare toothbrush, Masha was there in minutes for both. And when we finally went to bed that night in our super comfortable beds wrapped in soft luxury sheets, I don't think any of us would have wanted to stay anywhere else. Even though many of the windows face out to Sweetzer, the main street outside, we barely heard a peep all night as it is a VERY quiet residential street.
Between the beautiful and charming architecture, modern amenities and furnishings, and the IMPECCABLE customer service, I'd advise anyone to book at the Charlie for out-of-town guests or even for a romantic weekend staycation (I will definitely be doing this for myself in 2012). Masha made the entire experience so outstanding, I don't know what they would do without her here.
This same review is copied on my Yelp page, so feel free to reach out to me if you have questions about our stay here.