Built in 1924 and on file with the National Registry of Historic Places, the Culver Hotel property has quite a Hollywood history. Stars like Greta Garbo and Clark Gable stayed here, as did the entire cast of Munchkins while shooting "The Wizard of Oz," as MGM Studios was nearby. At one time, Charlie Chaplin owned the hotel, and it's said that he lost the property in a poker game to John Wayne, who renamed it The Hunt.
After a renovation that began in 2007, the hotel has been restored to its former elegance. Now, pictures of classic stars from Marilyn Monroe to Judy Garland accompany Hollywood memorabilia in each guest room. Ranging from frilly Victorian to sparse Japanese, each room style is unique. Guests can expect antique French furniture and luxurious touches.
The Velvet Lounge is a popular event space located on the mezzanine level. Reminiscent of a 1920's Speakeasy, the lounge is a chic hideaway that's perfect for birthday parties, cocktail soirees or other private occasions. Nearby is where you'll also find The Grand Lobby Bar & Kitchen, offering everything from breakfast (steak and eggs) to dinner (Maine scallops).
Just past The Grand Lobby is The Crystal Dining Room, a luxurious setting for a meal. Vaulted ceilings, crystal chandeliers and white tablecloths add to the grandeur and laidback elegance. Once you have enjoyed all that the Culver Hotel has to offer, you should take advantage of its location that is within walking distance to Sony Studios and the numerous fine restaurants and art galleries of Culver City's vibrant downtown scene.