Holiday Decorations | Villa Carlotta

No matter if you’re looking for a rousing night on the town or a cozy evening in your residence, the holidays this year at Villa Carlotta will be magical! Join us fireside in the lobby and unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail amongst the twinkling holiday lights and warm glow of the menorah. Here’s to all the cheer while we joyfully wrap up this year.

Holiday meals at Villa Carlotta are a breeze as your options are plentiful. Prepare all your favorite holiday dishes in your fully equipped kitchen and dine en suite, or let the pro’s curate the culinary portion of the evening while you set yourself up for cocktail hour in The Palm Garden after catching the sunset on the roof. Pre-order your meal from this curated list of Thanksgiving Take-Out in Los Angeles or bask in the epicurean delight of one of the 100 Michelin rated restaurants available to you in LA.

Once the meal is over, take in the town. There’s nothing more nostalgic than watching a holiday parade. Experience The 89th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade Supporting Marine Toys for Tots LIVE, in person this year on Sunday November 28th, just a few blocks from Villa Carlotta. Featuring Hollywood celebrities, movie cars, marching bands from around the country, the parade will be hosted by a star-studded line-up! Santa Claus and his reindeer even make an appearance to usher in the holiday season. Walk along the parade route or secure yourself an exclusive VIP ticket for the best views here.

Looking for something more traditional this holiday season? Enjoy the classic holiday favorite, The Nutcracker on December 23, 24 or 26th at one of the world’s premier entertainment venues, The Dolby Theater located nearby in downtown Hollywood. If ballet isn’t quite your style, this beautiful venue is equipped with Dolby Vision projection technology and Dolby Atmos cinema sound playback that without a doubt will provide a memorable evening should you choose to attend a musical performance, motion picture showing or play.

Stay warm this winter by getting moving! The Studio at Villa Carlotta is well-appointed with state-of-the-art Peloton bikes and free weights with a personal trainer and a masseur available on request to make sure you stay well. There are also numerous hiking trails close by for you to choose from, here.  Upon your return cool down in the heated saltwater pool. The weather outside is rarely frightful in LA, so your options are plentiful.

From our Villa Carlotta family to yours, we wish you a happy and safe holiday season. Interested in staying with us this winter? Give us a ring at 213.460.5559 to book your stay. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with help in securing the perfect itinerary for your holiday celebrations.

With summer in full swing and the world reopening, we’re all feeling a bout of cabin fever. What better way to enjoy the fruits of a Southern California summer than a day trip to one of Villa Carlotta’s gorgeous neighboring cities! There’s a vast array of possibilities in our region for an entertaining way to spend a day. Our favorite? Santa Barbara!


GETTING THERE | Hop in your car and take a drive up the 101, or take a look at the train schedule for an easy day-trip up the Santa Barbara coastline. Just north of downtown, LA’s Union Station offers travelers an alternative transportation option, with trains that leave periodically throughout the day. Ticket prices for the scenic trip north floating around $30. If the train isn’t your speed, hop in the car and cue up your favorite road trip mix for a drive up the Pacific Coast Highway. Why not as speedy as taking the 101, the PCH provides a more scenic route, peppered with lovely spots to stop along the way such as the Getty Villa, Malibu and Carpinteria.


THE FUNK ZONE | Downtown Santa Barbara, a.k.a “The Funk Zone” is the main drag on State Street, stretching a few blocks between the ocean and Highway 101. Conveniently adjacent to the Amtrak Train Station, the Funk Zone district speaks to Santa Barbara’s contemporary side, offering a variety of boutique tasting rooms, cafes, galleries and shops for a charming stroll in Santa Barbara proper.


URBAN WINE TRAIL | Reserve tickets of the Urban Wine Trail experience, spanning six neighborhoods including the Funk Zone, Presidio, Midtown, La Arcada, Goleta and Summerland. With 24 wineries to experience, we understand if you can’t make it to all of them. If we had to choose, we’d send you over to Deep Sea Wine to take in 360-degree views of the Pacific Ocean, Channel Islands and Riviera.


BEACHES | What’s a trip to Santa Barbara without some much-needed beach time? There are plenty of gorgeous beach options we love, like Butterfly Beach, East Beach and Arroyo Beach. Bring a beach blanket and some snacks for some sea-sprayed down time in this charming corner of the SoCal coast.


BOTANIC GARDEN | Check out 10 different communities of California-native plants at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden! Open every day from 10am-6pm, the garden offers a Japanese tea shop and garden-style gift shop. Tickets are just $16 for adults and $8 for children.


HISTORY | Santa Barbara is rich in history. Plan to take self-guided interior and exterior tours of the Santa Barbara Courthouse, built in 1939 and still in operation today. Pop into the Santa Barbara Old Mission House and Park, also known as the “Queen of the Missions,” for a dose of California history. We also recommend visiting some exhibits at Santa Barbara’s Museum of Natural History, located on the historic Stearns Wharf.


To top off your day of adventures, travel back to Villa Carlotta and unwind with some of our perks. Take a dip in our heated saltwater pool or pop open one of your new bottles of Santa Barbara wine and enjoy some rooftop views.


One day not enough? There are tons of Airbnb’s and hotels in the area that are perfect to extend your day-trip into a weekend staycation. We love being neighbors with special places like Santa Barbara. We can’t wait to hear the stories you bring back with you. Start your journey, book your extended stay at Villa Carlotta today!  213.640.5559


Throughout the years, Villa Carlotta has accommodated some of Hollywood’s most famous stars. The property was built in 1926 and was designed as a creative retreat for modern daydreamers to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Whether they are recording music, film or working on other projects in Los Angeles, stars choose our residences for a glamorous extended getaway.


With the 93rd Academy Awards ceremony is just around the corner, there’s no better time to spotlight the actresses, actors, directors, and producers who have won or have been nominated for an Oscar and have walked the Villa Carlotta hallways. Oscar-winning producer David O. Selznick’s films were the recipients of numerous Academy Award nominations. George Cukor won the Academy Award for Best Director and was nominated for the same award four other times.


Adolphe Menjou was nominated for his role in The Front Page (1931). American actress, producer and former fashion model, Sharon Stone also received an Academy Award nomination in the Best Actress category. Oscar-winning actress, Natalie Portman has also graced us with her presence and has posed for the camera here as well.


Our residences became a hot spot for celebrities because of the Old Hollywood glamour and chic ambiance. It’s simply a home away from home. Experience Villa Carlotta’s luxury, iconic style and design for yourself during Oscar season. Get dolled up for the occasion and slip into something more comfortable if that is what you prefer and watch the ceremony in a cozy space. Prepare to see what other icons and future Oscar winners will stay at our property in the years to come.


Are you ready to dive into a glamorous experience like never before? Go ahead, darling.

Give us a ring at 213.460.5559 to book your stay.

Nestled in the heart of Hollywood, California, lies Villa Carlotta – a residence with a storied past dating back to 1926. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it’s the perfect time to explore the romanticism and glamour that is Villa Carlotta. Stargaze on the rooftop deck, relax poolside or enjoy a bottle of wine with a charcuterie board in the Palm Garden. Whatever it is, you’ll be sure to experience one of the most romantic evenings in one of the most romantic locations.


Designed by Arthur E. Harvey, the iconic residential property was built in 1926 by Thomas Ince, for his wife, Elinor Ince, an American stage and motion-picture actress. Thomas Ince was the first producer-director turning moviemaking into a business enterprise by opening his own film studio “Inceville.”. Steeped in film history, Villa Carlotta beams chic, Old Hollywood glamour. Everywhere you look, you’ll find nuances of love and a haunting beauty.


Villa Carlotta’s iconic style and design have stood the test of time and stand as tribute to the Golden Age of Hollywood. The building was designated as a Los Angeles Historical Cultural Monument in 1986. Villa Carlotta’s architectural, historic, and cultural features continue to be a prominent example of Art Deco architecture in Los Angeles. When the building first opened its doors, it was named “the last word on luxury” by the Los Angeles Times. You might have seen it featured in Vogue, recognized for its infamous Hollywood history.


The hallways of Villa Carlotta have been trafficked by the most iconic people in Hollywood in its heyday, including Oscar-winning producer David O. Selznick and Oscar-winning director George Cukor. Many of Hollywood’s best continue to stay here while they record music, film, or work on location in Los Angeles. From past to present, Villa Carlotta has always been a residence for modern day dreamers.


Are you in love yet? Give us a ring, darling. Make this number one you won’t forget. Dial 213.460.5559 to book your stay.

George Cukor – A talented motion picture director whose career spanned over 50 years of filmmaking working with the industry’s brightest actors and actresses. Known for his attention to detail and skilled direction, his eyes had been set on the entertainment industry since childhood.


He was fast friends with the likes of Katherine Hepburn and responsible for major changes to character images in films such as The Wizard of Oz (though he was never formally credited for directing). He was also another revered guest at our very own Villa Carlotta.


Cukor was born in 1899 in Lower East Side, Manhattan to Hungarian-Jewish immigrants. His father was a district attorney, a career choice the young Cukor was supposed to pursue as well. But he had his eye on the theater. As a child, he took dance lessons and even performed in a recital with David O. Selznick who later became a legendary Hollywood producer. Cukor would frequent the New York Hippodrome, a popular Manhattan theater, and would regularly cut class during his senior year for matinees instead. It is no wonder that he left college early to pursue other interests.


After finishing high school, Cukor became an assistant stage manager for a touring production of a British musical “The Better Ole.” By 1920, he became the stage manager for the Knickerbocker Players and in 1925 he formed his own company –C.F. and Z Production Company. Cukor was off and running. Hollywood began recruiting New York talent for films and Cukor was eager to take the chance. He was hired by Paramount in 1928 and co-directed three films by 1930, after which he was granted his first solo directorial credit in 1931 with Tarnished Lady. He later left Paramount after not receiving directorial credit for a film and joined his old friend and now producer, David O. Selznick with RKO. He made his first box office success with Little Women in 1933, earning him his first Academy Award nomination.


Though he worked with and directed male actors, Cukor was known for his direction of actresses and his capability to elevate their performances and was sometimes referred to as a “women’s director” – to his disliking. Cukor continued to ride the highs and lows of Hollywood filmmaking and his career earned him several Academy nominations. His last film, Rich and Famous was made in 1981, a year before his retirement and two years before his death.


For more information on Villa Carlotta’s storied history and its legendary guests, visit or call 213. 320. 5951. We welcome you to become part of our legendary story.