THE SECRET GARDEN Bed and Breakfast
Los Angeles, CA
We provide our guests a tranquil oasis amid the non-stop action of Hollywood and Beverly Hills. We’re within walking distance of the Famous Sunset Strip, a block north of Sunset and Laurel Canyon/Crescent Heights.
Price range: $105 and up per night, double occupancy. (Two night minimum on weekends.)
Cash and checks are welcomed.
Interior premises are non-smoking.
All rooms have private baths.
Nestled at the base of the famed Hollywood Hills on Laurel Canyon Boulevard, one of the finest locations in Los Angeles, THE SECRET GARDEN is just one block above the historic Sunset Strip and within a few minutes walk of great restaurants, shops, The House of Blues, the Chateau Marmont, Beverly Hills, Hollywood Boulevard, Farmers Market, the L.A. County Art Museum and major studios are only minutes away by car, making it the ideal headquarters for business or pleasure.
The house itself is splendid, possessed with an abundance of old-world charm and an ambience of serenity. Built in 1923 in the opulent Spanish-Moorish style, the common rooms comprise a lovely, restful music and reading room and a sunny breakfast room in addition to charming living and dining rooms and an inviting kitchen. Classically eclectic, the house is furnished throughout with antiques and several one-of-a-kind pieces. Guest accommodations are provided in five individually-decorated bedrooms. All bedrooms now have private baths. There is ample gated, off-street parking. Guests are invited to enjoy the gardens – the perfect place to take in the sun with a good book.
Your hosts, Raymond Bilbool and Neal Miller, have a passion for cooking and have been in the restaurant business for more than 20 years. Both are definitely people-persons and delight in sharing their love of Los Angeles with guests.
Raymond migrated to this country from Rangoon, Burma when he was seventeen years old. He did not know how to boil water or to properly serve a cup of tea. Over the years he has obtained licenses in cosmetology and real estate. Raymond was co-owner and cook at his own Greek restaurant for eight years. He was a captain in the old Chasen’s Restaurant until it closed in 1995.
Recently, a film was made about the closing of Chasen’s (Off The Menu: The Closing of Chasen’s.) NEWS: this film is now available on video tape. Raymond was one of the featured actors. (FOREWORD: It just so happened that their host was Raymond Bilbool, the “banquet captain extraordinaire” of Chasen’s. “By day we made the Hollywood rounds, by night we would listen to Raymond tell stories”…)
Hollywood Online In January 1995: The filmmaking couple of Robert Pulcini, 34, and Shari Springer Berman, 33, made their first trip to Los Angeles to pitch a Grisham-esque script around town. Their travels led them to the Secret Garden, a West Hollywood bed-and-breakfast run by Raymond Bilbool, Chasen’s flamboyant, Burma-born banquet captain. Recalls Pulcini: “We spent the week pitching our story, then we’d come home at night and Raymond would tell us Chasen’s stories: ‘George Burns was in last night. . . .There was a food fight. . . .’
Raymond now devotes his full attention to the comfort of his guests from all over the world. He cooks them special meals, not only breakfasts, and says, “I have finally found my niche.” He enjoys staying home and cooking, is an avid reader and is now taking up a very rudimentary form of gardening. He also caters small dinner events for a select few of his clientele, either at their homes or at the Secret Garden Bed and Breakfast. Raymond lives on the premises with his cat, Veronica.