Flying Under the Radar
Want to avoid the scene? Duck into one of these luxe lodges, from the five-star L'Ermitage to the tiny Charlie.
Not everyone wants to be in the middle of the full-court Oscar schmooze-fest. Some industry insiders stay a bit away from it all in Santa Monica: Boardwalk Empire's Steve Buscemi is a fan of the historic Italian Renaissance Revival CASA DEL MAR (from $575; 1910 Ocean Way), while the Cape Cod-style SHUTTERS (from $595; 1 Pico Blvd.) has welcomed Gwyneth Paltrow and Diane Keaton. … Others like to hide out right under the nose of the Kodak at the historic HOLLYWOOD ROOSEVELT (from $269; 7000 Hollywood Blvd.), site of the first Oscars in 1929. Hole up in the $5,000-a-night penthouse suite where Carole Lombard and Clark Gable conducted a clandestine affair in the 1930s. … One of only four L.A. hotels with both five-star and five-diamond rankings (the others are the Beverly Hills Hotel, the Montage and the Peninsula), the L'ERMITAGE BEVERLY HILLS (from $665; 9291 Burton Way) lures guests who appreciate its Zen-like calm; a dozen Globes nominees stayed there this year. It recently unveiled its Italian-meets-Asian restaurant Livello. … For a boutique experience, try the petite, Spanish-style CRESCENT BEVERLY HILLS (from $159; 403 N. Crescent Drive), right in the Platinum Triangle. Two other options, both designed by Kelly Wearstler, are West Hollywood's CHAMBERLAIN (from $315; 1000 Westmount Drive) and Beverly Hills' MAISON 140 (from $180; 140 S. Lasky Drive). New properties include MR. C ($389; 1224 Beverwil Drive), from the Cipriani family, and THE REDBURY (from $499; 1717 Vine St.), where Adele has been spied. To really disappear, check into the 3-year-old CHARLIE HOTEL (from $300; 810 N. Sweetzer Ave.), a former retreat of Charlie Chaplin's that boasts 13 English-style cottage apartments.