The Culver Hotel
Back in the 1930's and 40's, half of America's motion picture production actually took place in Culver City. So it's no wonder that the Culver Hotel is full of fascinating "Hollywood" history. The hotel hosted the cast of Gone With The Wind and is the location of the scandalous munchkins from The Wizard of Oz rumors. Although the hotel has undergone renovations since it's opening in 1924, it proudly maintains it's "Renaissance revival-styled beauty." The golden days of motion pictures would be nothing without it's secrets and the hotel has a few of it's own. Secret tunnels, to Sony and the former MGM studios, were left off blueprints and eventually covered up, so not even today's staff knows where they reside. Harry Culver and his celebrity guests (Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable and Greta Garbo, to name a few) also used the hotel's hidden passageways to sneak away without being seen.
Today, each room at the hotel has been renovated for modern luxuries but is furnished with a unique vintage armoire. In fact, each room is decorated differently. A walk through the offices on the second floor will make you feel like you are visiting the office of a private eye in an old noir film. Downstairs offers high tea during the daytime. At night, it's a great alternative to the Hollywood scene, but still full of life with drinks, dinner, dim lights and live music.