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“Amazingly quirky, charming and great value for money” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Secret Garden Bed and Breakfast

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The Secret Garden Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #19 of 88 Los Angeles B&B and Inns
Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Amazingly quirky, charming and great value for money”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2013

We arrived at the Secret Garden, parked at the front and walked to the car entrance, this made it much easier to find with all the fast moving traffic in the Hollywood Boulevard area. It is best to telephone on arrival and then Sylvester will be there to welcome you and what a wonderful welcome! On arrival we were shown all the amenities , including laptop and printer, free Wi-Fi ( a bit slow, but perfectly adequate), kitchen, toaster, microwave, tea, coffee and piles of bread, buns etc. to nibble on at any time. The house is amazing.. a beautiful 1920’s /30’s property which has rooms which flow from one to the other – guests have the free use of all the rooms. They are full of interesting objects which contribute to the quirky feel of this B & B. Our room (room 2) was large, light and clean with a very comfortable large bed. There were some items in some of the drawers, but not a problem! The rambling garden has seen better days, but was good to sit in. An unusual house, a bit worn at the edges, but a great place to relax and feel contented after a hard days sightseeing.
Breakfast was amazing! At breakfast, seated at the huge dining table, Sylvester would come out from the kitchen with a welcoming smile, bowls of fresh fruit, coffee and fruit juice. On the first morning we then made our own toast! A moment later Sylvester appeared with a huge plate for each of us with salad (lettuce, tomato, sliced onions, and cucumber), an omelette and a large swathe of smoked salmon! This appeared every morning of our four night stay! It varied, sometimes two huge bacon chops instead of the smoked salmon or loads of sausages.. always enough to keep us going all day!! No need for the toast!
There were good restaurants recommended by Sylvester, to walk to, but mostly we used the car to get around. The Secret Garden was great value for money. We will definitely return, it was a most amazing, eccentric house to experience and we need one of Sylvester’s breakfasts again!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Jan T
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Gothenburg, Sweden
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2013

Our family really liked this place with antique furniture and lots of interesting art.
Very friendly staff, big breakfast.
Only drawback is that it can be a bit tricky to find your way the first time, and the GPS tried to fool us. The adress is Selma Av, but the entrance to the parking area is a very sharp right turn on Crescent Heights Blvd going south.

Room Tip: The "cottage" in the garden is best for privacy, the rooms in the house if You need WiFi.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank DrMatsR
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Greater Sydney, Australia
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119 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2012

We read some recent reviews & decided to make our own comments.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in The Secret Garden B&B in LA!
We have stayed in LA so many times over the years even stayed in some rather nice/expensive rooms in some of the best known hotels in LA, but never really enjoyed our previous LA trips. In fairness it's often a stopover enroute from Sydney, so it's often only a jetlagged nite or two on our way somewhere else. However the last time we wanted to stay somewhere different in LA & booked TSGB&B. This B&B is perfectly located & put the heart & soul into LA on our most recent LA trip ..we are now looking forward to our next trip to LA!
The main thing is that it is NOT a soulless large hotel chain, where everything is quite clean & sterile ...where all rooms on all floors look the same ...there is a nameless person to greet you when you arrive, a nameless person to clean your room or serve you breakfast, your name appears on the screen when you turn on the TV & you don't interact with the staff or even the other guests - don't get me wrong sometimes all this is good, but it is a tad predictable.
From the moment we met D&S at TSGB&B we were welcomed into their home & treated like friends who were staying with them, which was so lovely in a city which personally we have never found very friendly.
Ok, so the doorbell didn't work when we were there, but we rang their cell & Sylvester arrived in a few minutes ...but the wait gave us time to look around, enjoy the garden, look at their great LA home & the hills beyond. We weren't in a hurry ...we were on holidays & staying with friends.
We loved our room overlooking the back garden. OK our bathroom & bedroom were a little daggy (Aussie term, not up to the minute fashionable but homely) ... & not really furnished to our tastes, a few too many trinkets & a bit cluttered for our personal taste ...but we were staying in a someone's home (that is what a B&B is all about) & like when anyone stays in anyone's else's home, you don't look for faults, creased linen or dust, you just enjoy your stay. After all we all have dust in our own homes! That is what makes a B&B different to a hotel.
The next morning we were VERY happy to help ourselves to brekkie (like we do at home) & there was a large and varied array of food on offer.
The most memorable part of our stay was the fantastic eclectic collection of antiques on display in their home ...from the jade screen in the hall, the Lalique cats on the grand piano in the sunroom, marble statues, Chinese rosewood cabinets, the fantastic silver Deco firescreen ....etc.
We simply loved our stay, A very memorable room, in a very memorable house with very memorable people.
Thank you!
ps We walked 15mins from TSGB&B to Hollywood & Highland (Chinese Theatre, Hollywood stars ...etc) & got a short train ride to Universal. We later walked 3mins to Chateau Marmont & had dinner & drinks in Bar Marmont. It was soooo central to everything we wanted to do

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank bodmor
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Luxembourg
Level Contributor
113 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2012

I first time stayed at the Secret Garden Bed and Breakfast 10 years ago, Easter 2002 to be exact, when Raymond Bilbool still hosted the BnB. Since then I (with family and friends) have stayed there at least 10 times over the years. Many of the reviews posted are - I must admit - plain ridiculous. The Secret Garden Bed and Breakfast is in my view a great place to stay, not only the service but also the location are excellent, not far from Sunset Strip, but sure a lot quieter than any of the hotels and motels along the Sunset Strip. The BnB is located right in the middle of Hollywood and we always take the opportunity to enjoy a morning walk in the Hollywood Hills (where you might even have a chat with other people than tourists) in the residential area just above to the BnB, or to the famous "Greenblatt's Deli", just minutes away on walking distance. Walking distance to places like Chateau Marmont is 5 mintes. This BnB is not a sterile hotel, but a place where you know the owner and the host and you meet a variety of guests, ranging from students doing a once in a lifetime road trip in the U.S., business people planning their meetings with people in the entertainment industry to people who stay there to meet old friends, because they once lived in the area, but moved to other places in the U.S. In a house from the beginning of the 20th century there is a little dust and there are cats (Ethel and Lucie) in the house, but again, this is not a sterile hotel in which you in these days sometimes even no longer find a reception. Sylvester is a great host and what I value is that he remembers my food preferences and even our birthdays. When my 18-year old daughter and I stayed there during Halloween 2011 Sylvester sure did not forget the birthday cake. We will sure be back!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank Mietzner
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Los Angeles, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2012

Some of these reviews are just plain ridiculous. The Secret Garden Bed and Breakfast is an excellent place to stay if you're in need of quality service and hospitality in Hollywood. The location is amazing! Sunset and Vine is right in the middle of Hollywood, and surrounded by so many sights and attractions. I stayed last week on a business trip, and it's a nice alternative to typical hotel locations that are usually overpriced and crowded.

Room Tip: The cottage is the best room.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank John A
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Inland Empire - So. Cal.
Level Contributor
7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2012

Superior hospitality, great conversation, delicious cuisine and one of the best lodging values in Hollywood have brought my husband and I back many times over the last few years. Reviewers need to remember that this is an older beautiful home and a little dust is common in the absence of modern dual pane windows. I'd much rather be in a homey eclectic Victorian manor than a sterile hotel room with stuffy bland decorations. I'd also rather be met by a genuinely friendly proprietor that knows my name, remembers by food preferences and even my birthday over essentially scripted hotel employees. I'm wondering after reading some of the more critical reviews if the people writing them have ever stayed in anything other than a hotel and are just not used to the homey attributes of a bed and breakfast. To me after staying here, there's no other place to stay in L.A. and we'll be back for another visit next month. Can't wait to see Sylvester!

Room Tip: The cottage gives added privacy and an extra quaint touch to your stay.
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank froggiealicia
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Kirkcaldy
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2010

When we arrived there was one one to greet us we were on the verge of turning away to find somewhere else when Sylvestor arrived. The bell on the door was broken and we had to phone a number that went directly to an ansewr machine.

The hospitality was good but the Secret Garden need one good deep clean there were cobwebs hanging from our curtain to our lamp in the bedroom. Ther were mice all over the birdcage at the back garden. The kitchen smelled.

We checked with trip advisor before we went and the reviews were reasonable unfortunately I could not concur and would certainly knock the stars down. It was in a great location and if they gave it a good clean and refurbished the garden furniture it would be a lovely place. It needs a lot of TLC to bring it back to being a nice place.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank JoanyKirkcaldy
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Additional Information about The Secret Garden Bed and Breakfast

Property: The Secret Garden Bed and Breakfast
Address: 8039 Selma Ave., P.O. Box 46164, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Region: United States > California > Los Angeles > Westside
Amenities:
Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 88 B&Bs / Inns in Los Angeles
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 5
Also Known As:
The Secret Garden b&b
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