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The Secret Garden B&B

8039 Selma Avenue , Los Angeles, CA 90046 USA (Show map)

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Nestled at the base of the famed Hollywood Hills on Laurel Canyon Boulevard, The Secret Garden provides its guests a tranquil oasis amid the non-stop action of Hollywood and Beverly Hills. With one of the finest locations in Los Angeles, the Secret Garden is just one block above the famous Sunset Strip and within a few minutes walk of great restaurants, shops, The House of Blues and the historic Chateau Marmont. And only minutes away by car is Beverly Hills, Hollywood Boulevard, Farmers Market, the LA County Museum of Art, Melrose Avenue and major movie and television studios , making it the ideal headquarters for business or pleasure. The house itself is possessed with an abundance of old-world charm coupled with an ambiance of serenity. The common rooms are comprised of a lovely, restful music/reading room and a sunny breakfast room. Guest will also enjoy the charming living and dining rooms, as well as the bright and inviting kitchen. Classically eclectic, the house is furnished throughout with antiques and several one-of-a-kind pieces. Guest accommodations are provided by five individually decorated rooms; three on the garden level and two on the second leval all with individual bathroom facilities (two on garden level are en suite). Also available is a security gated off street parking fac



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  • Guest room3.9
  • Service4.6
  • Value4.3
  • Cleanliness3.8
  • Onsite Dining4.5

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Great place to explore LA from

4.8 on September 10, 2013

Be at the enter of good eats and places to tour but also have the base to come back to that is restful and relaxing. Sylvester, the innkeeper, makes sure you have a great stay.

Wonderful big breakfast!

4.2 on February 23, 2013

Our family of six really liked this place. Sylvester is extremely friendly. They put in extra beds in our rooms, so it was very good value for money to.

A Wonderful home away from my home

4.6 on July 31, 2012

We had spent three nights there this month and had wonderful experience. Museum collections, amazing breakfasts, hospitable Sylvester...made the secret garden be highly impressed and recommended.

Great location and wonderful host

4.0 on May 04, 2011

Our room was an oasis in the middle of Los Angeles's bustle. The lodging was good and the host was wonderful. If back to Hollywood would stay there in a heartbeat. Would highly reccomend.

A Fun Place to Stay

4.2 on May 04, 2011

This is a great place to stay while exploring the Hollywood scene. The innkeeper was a great host. We stayed in the Cottage and enjoyed it very much. The garden was indeed secret and a restful place to spend some time.

Hidden gem

4.4 on May 04, 2011

Perfect location for exploring Hollywood and environs, many restaurants nearby. The house has a charming little cloistered garden for sitting, and Sylvester makes yummy breakfasts.

Great Location

3.0 on April 23, 2011

Great location. Good value for area. Extremely friendly staff. Excellent breakfast. Rooms were just OK.

Disappointed Experience

1.8 on February 12, 2011

I must say that my wife and I were very disappointed in The Secret Garden. We stayed three nights in early February of 2011 over a weekend and other then it's location to the Sunset Strip, this B&B was the worst one we had stay in since we started patronizing them several years ago. Our evaluation of this B&B is based off of our stays at other B&B's. We stayed in the cottage house during our visit and here are some of the items that we were disappointed in: 1. Lights that didn't work 2. Broken blinds that would not close over the windows 3. Paint peeling off the walls 4. The bed was not made or linens changed from day to day 5. No fresh towels were replaced from day to day. We had to go to the main hours everyday to get towels ourselves if we wanted them. 5. The room was not cleaned during out stay 6. And it looked like it had not been cleaned anytime before we came 7. Parking was a gamble. Depending on the number of guest that they had you could get parked in, as we did. The breakfast in the morning was good, but the second day we were never offered or given anything to drink. For those of you that saw there were two B&B's named "The Secret Garden" we have stayed in both. And the one in Lancaster, PA. really was a "Secret Garden". Given the choice to stay here again or pay more for a hotel...............I'll take the hotel.

Earthy and Down Home Experience

4.6 on January 15, 2011

Stayed in guesthouse which was peaceful and had a wonderful bed. The breakfast was amazing, hearty and kept us running all day. Hi lights of the stay would have to be: Sylvester's warmth and hospitality; Ethyl the cat contently upcurled by her fireplace; and passing the time at breakfast with London travelers in the the warmth of the dining area.

Good B&B

3.4 on January 11, 2011

Had a pleasant stay here. The breakfast that Sylvester cooked for me was very good.

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Location Type

Hollywood, Sunset Strip, Fairfax District, Hollywood/Highland, Airport, City, Downtown


Los Angeles, CA (LAX) 17 miles

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Grauman's Chinese Theater, Sunset Strip, Kodak Theater, Chateau Marmont, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Private Home Bed and Breakfast, Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Bath robes, Board games, Fax Machine, Piano, VCR, Videos , Tranquil Garden, Large Bird House

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Coffee/Tea facilities, Computer, Desk, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Microwave, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Billiards, Bird watching, Boating, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Mountain Bike trails, Movie/TV Studios, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts, Tennis racket rental

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  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Outdoors only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Under stict supervision
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Contact Us Before Arrival
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Valid credit card number with expiration date to confirm and hold reservation or one night stay equivalent
  • Cancellations: 48 hour prior notification required for cancellation of reservation. Cancellations made withing 48 hours of scheduled arrival date is subject to a penalty equavilant to one nights stay or loss of deposit. Strictly enforced.



Sylvester Butler

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About the innkeepers

Your Hosts genuinely want to make you feel comfortable when you stay with us. They have many years of experience in the hospitality business and know how to make your stay memorable and enjoyable. Their knowledge of Los Angeles and the surrounding areas is invaluable to travelers with varied interests and desires. We are always happy to answer questions and give guidance whenever it is required.

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Full Gourmet

  • Time Served: 8:30 - 10:30 A.M.
  • Serving Location: al Fresco in Garden, Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room, Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Stuffed French Toast


8039 Selma Avenue , Los Angeles, CA 90046 USA (Show map)

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