Built in 1924, the Culver Hotel has been a local landmark ever since. This is where Munchkins ran through the halls in The Wizard of Oz, and some of those steamy scenes from "Gone with the Wind" were filmed. The hotel was allowed to go into disrepair for the latter half of the 20th century, but was renovated and entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.
During its restoration, the halls were hung with nostalgic scenes from old Hollywood and 1900s impressionist paintings, and the lobby and bar were retrofitted in early 1900s Renaissance Revival style moldings and dark woods.
Celebrities of the likes of Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Red Skelton, Buster Keaton, and Ronald Reagan maintained part time residences here.
Legends, rumors and innuendo abound from the Culver's eclectic and eccentric clientele about a supernatural element within the confines of the Culver. Amateur private investigators obsess over it by wandering the halls late at night, examining paintings from old Hollywood and querying hotel staff with rigorous questions. Are there really ghosts from the past? You'll have to spend the night here to find out!
From the Santa Monica (10) Freeway eastbound, exit at Robertson Blvd. and proceed down the exit ramp past Venice Blvd. to turn right on Washington Blvd., curves into Culver Blvd. Hotel is to the left.