You can’t drive down Melrose Avenue near Wilton Place in Hollywood without noticing
the beautiful red brick building on the corner. The Hollywood Historic Hotel re-opens
its doors again after many months of reviving it’s original characteristics, just as
it was back when it was first built in the 1927. The owners are paying homage to the
history of Hollywood and want to be part of the preservation and conservation of the
city they love so much. In 1992 the building was listed as National Landmark status.
There is no place quite like the Hollywood Historic Hotel. Built in 1927 by S. Charles
Lee, it captures the history and beauty of a bygone era in Los Angeles, nestled in the
heart of filmland. When it opened its doors it was known as The Hollywood Melrose Hotel
and was close to The Paramount Film Studios, a bustling center of the Silent Films of
that time. This hotel is a treasure that has been restored to its former glory in the
more than capable hands of the talented and successful artisan family of Edmon Simonian,
owners of Edmon’s Unique Furniture and Stone Gallery, Inc. Edmon’s is in the building
and has been there since the late 1970s . Hollywood Historic Hotel is at 5162 Melrose
Avenue, between Wilton and Gramercy Place and is an affordable hotel in Hollywood.
Edmon Simonian has a fairytale-like story, coming from his native Armenia to America
in 1976, at age 35 with his wife and young daughter with very little except an extremely
precious gift for craft and design. He is the fourth generation from his family
specializing in hand craftsmanship and hand carving. He started at a very young age with
his father’s and grandfather’s supervision of practicing the delicate art of designing,
carving and manufacturing intricate pieces of wood furniture. He carefully grew his
business from one small storefront in the present location of the Hollywood Historic
Hotel to eventually expand over the entire block. Starting his business in 1978,
Simonian eventually bought the building 20 years later to realize the family’s dream
of restoring the building back to its original beautiful state utilizing a special
process where one person sanded the entire façade to bring back the original red brick
exterior. All the rooms and the building in the Hollywood Historic Hotel have their
original bathtubs, sinks, mirrors, windows ,doors, stairwells and even the rough finish
of the hallway walls. The lobby its original charm, includin large stained, leaded
glass windows and other authentic touches from 1927.
S. Charles Lee, the architect is recognized as one of the most prolific motion picture
theatre designers of the West Coast and designed the Hollywood Historic Hotel when he
was 28 years old. When he settled in Los Angeles in 1922 his career was launched by
his first major achievement, designing the Tower Theatre in Los Angeles, a
Spanish-Romanesque-Moorish design, which led to his being the principal designer of
motion picture theatres in the 1930’s and 1940’s. He is credited with designing over
400 theatres throughout California and Mexico and best known for the Bruin Theatre
(1937) and the Academy Theatre (1939) in Los Angeles.
The Hollywood Historic Hotel is on a slice of Melrose surrounded by a neighborhood
revival of lovely cafes, restaurants, shops and is just down the street from Paramount
Film Studios and the charming Larchmont Village. The residential area is filled with
California Craftsman and Spanish-Moorish homes that were built in this preserved Hollywood
hamlet of the teens, 1920s and 1930s. Hollywood Historic Hotel offers a warm, friendly
atmosphere, owned and managed by the Edmon’s family as a perfect alternative to corporate
hotels. Hollywood Historic Hotel features 62 rooms of a European style hotel in the heart
of Hollywood. Whether it be the sight-seeing traveler, the business traveler or a great
place to house one’s out of town family needing an extra and affordable “room”, the
Hollywood Historic Hotel is a wonderful addition to Los Angeles’ living history.
This landmark, a gem, is an affordable hotel in Los Angeles with a luxurious aura.
The Hollywood Historic Hotel is located in the heart of Hollywood. Within a short distance of our property are some of the most popular attractions and landmarks that LA has to offer. Just down the street are the historic Mann's Chinese Theater, Pantages Theater, Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Greek Theater, Griffith Observatory, LA Live, Staples Center, Hollywood and Highland, Paramount Studios and the Wax Museum.
Make your stay in Hollywood memorable and experience what Hollywood is like behind the camera lens. We are a few miles away from the famous theme parks, such as Universal Studios, Magic Mountain, Disneyland, K'notts Berry Farm and the infamous Sunset Strip and posh Beverly Hills. When staying at the Hollywood Historic Hotel the possibilites for adventure and entertainment are endless.
Our Hollywood Historic Hotel offers travelers friendly rooms with 32inch LCD TV's with premium channels, and free wireless Internet access.
Parking is $18.00 per night per room. Any additional parking space/permit is $30.00 per night for duration of the reservation.
Whether you stay with us for business or pleasure, we'll serve you with our own brand of Western Hospitality.
• 24 Hour Front Desk Service
• 32" LCD TV's
• Cable TV
• AM_FM Clock Radio
• Coffee Maker in Every Room
• Spacious Eastern King Beds
• Interior Corridors
• Irons Available Upon Request
• In-Room Ironing Board
• Premium Towels and Linen
• Premium Television Channels
• Refrigerator in all Rooms
• Sprinkler System
• Vending Machines
• Free WiFi Internet Access
• 24 Hour Front Desk
• Check in time is 2:00pm
• Check out time is Noon
• Hair Dryer
• Ironing Board in Room
• Iron Available Upon Request
• Outgoing Fax Service