Gemini Manor is a famous, private Bohemian “Art” Home in Hollywood, California. One of its most popular rooms is the private, Mystery Bedroom. This is a large room filled with toys, statues, paintings and movie props. It's a very fanciful and fun bedroom with a "Princess and the Pea" bed (several Full-size mattresses to sleep on!), mood lighting and a skylite underneath a large mulberry tree.
Blankets, fresh linens & towels are provided. Wi-Fi ready. Both bathroom (with shower and claw-foot tub) and full kitchen are shared with the owner. A dining room is also available. Close to many interesting ethnic and American restaurants, shops, parks and bus lines. Downtown Los Angeles is about 20 minutes away. Emergency medical care close by.
The host, Alexander, enjoys welcoming travelers from all over the world. He likes giving tours of his beautiful and unusual creation. He speaks fluent English and Russian. (Sorry, he speaks Russian but does not read or write it.)
You’re invited to come and stay in a Different and Charming Land of Fantasy!
Alexander looks forward to meeting you.
* * * * *
* PS: Hope you like cats, squirrels, possums, raccoons, wild parrots and . . .? They all live here also (outside, of course!)!!
* PPS: If the dates that you want aren't completely available, we can always move you into another room if you need to stay longer. All the rooms at Gemini Manor are fun and interesting.
Please Note: Since we are in the City of Los Angeles we've included a 14% City Occupancy Tax in our rental price.
Alexander was a generous and interesting host and it was exciting to experience his self-constructed home. If you want an intriguing time in LA then you've found the right place!
When we arrived at "The Manor" Alexander informed us that he was upgrading us to "The Jungle Room" which is a tree house. We were thrilled! It is not many times in your life that you have the opportunity to sleep in a tree house. It was a truly wonderful experience. Alexander's home is absolutely incredible. I am a lover of all that is unusual and off-beat, hence Gemini Manor totally suited me. I look forward to staying again so I can spend more time enjoying and taking in the massive amount of collectibles that cover the entire residence.
Alexander is a sweet, kind and generous soul. I thoroughly enjoyed many chats with this open-minded and intelligent man who has such great stories to tell. Hopefully next time I visit it will be during one of his fun and creative parties :)
Simply describing Gemini Manor as quirky and eccentric would be a gross understatement. When you stay here you are literally living inside Alexander Lehr's massive collection of eclectic objects taken from the garage sales, dumpsters and curbsides of Hollywood over the past 40 years. His house (or I should say several houses, its hard to tell where one house ends and the other begins) are built around and literally made out of his collection. Instead of hanging his clock collection on a wall they are housed in a 10 foot light shaft time machine built into the ceiling above the kitchen. A huge chandelier, too big for the dining room was given its own light shaft made of an assortment of funky windows.
The Mystery Magical Guest bedroom where I stayed was festooned with found object sculpture, strange paintings, mannequins lurking in the corners, lighted glass cases housing collections of classic car miniatures, and bric a brac statuary but the best part was the Princess and the Pea bed consisting of many mattresses, piled high enough that I was gently rocked and bobbed into a blissful, pleasant and dream filled sleep.
When Alex was out I had the company of several cats who entertained me and watched over the manor.
I would definitely stay at the Gemini manor on future trips to LA. Next time I hope to stay in the Jungle Room which is in a private rooftop cupola with its own fridge and bath and surrounded an outdoor patio with views of the Hollywood Hills and the Los Angeles skyline.
I would also like to catch one of Alex's renowned parties which I am sure have a mix of attendees and entertainment worthy of his collection.
Alexander was a perfect host, charming, engaged but not overbearing and utterly disarming.
Gemini Manor was so totally out of the ordinary and such an unconventional feast for the sensibilities that I was left refreshed and excited about the possibilities, mystery and enchantment that life has to offer.
A fantasticly interesting place to stay. Alexander was a great host.
Alexander Lehr was a great host. He's a really open minded, kind and interesting person. His house is crazy, feels like a magic castle (Hogwarts). I would't be surprised if a secret passage would exist. Alexander loves to collect; there is so much to look at. He even showed us a couple of his vintage cars and allowed us to take pictures in them.
One time he gave us a lift, unfortunately with a new car, but that was really nice of him. I definitely recommend Alex's place for travelers who are open to a little craziness and dust. Hihi!
Alex is a genuinely warm and friendly person, and the Mystery / Magical room is genuinely one of a kind. It has the softest bed I've ever slept in, and enough knick-knacks and oddities to keep you occupied for hours. Add in the rest of the house and you might spend days just looking around.
I met some of the other guests, and they were fun to talk with and exchange sightseeing tips.
The location, just a half block off Sunset Blvd., is easy to find and convenient to Hollywood sights via the subway.
Alexander is a very very nice person. He helped us a lot during the two days at LA. The Mystery room is well designed. I do recommend it to others.
By the way, I also visit the other room called jungle room, which is also very good. Hopefully, I can try the jungle room if I go to LA next time. Thanks :)
If you can't appreciate Gemini Manor, then I don't want to know you. An amazing experience. An amazing place. A home like no other. Alexander was generous and attentive, very accommodating for a couple and a dog. I'm thinking about staying there again when I come through LA. For no other reason than I want to see the place when there is a waterfall!!!
A lovely enclave of L.A. eccentricity. Our room was cozy and the whole place is decorated with an array of wonderful tchotchkies and treasures. Alex had lots of stories of parties and wild guests, performers, and the goings on about town. Overall a lovely couple of days in LA. Thanks Alex!
Gemini Manor is a truly unique experience, especially for those with low-maintenance tastes, who prefer quirky and creative over sterile and bland. It is essentially a house made into sculptures and art assemblages. Alex has collected things of beauty, oddness, and expressive aging Think Hearst Castle on a shoestring. Two caveats:
There is no real place to hang stuff up in the room we took, though Alex can bring in a clothes rack. Drawers were not available and the lighting generally is very dim. I strongly suggest a book light! I read a lot and that would have helped. However these are small things in an overall great experience. Alex is a very laid back and relaxing host who also puts on terrific parties. It was a pleasure we expect to repeat at some (website hidden): You must be ok with cats. They stay outside but there are a few of them.
This is the final rate, including any fees from the host and Airbnb.