Having lived in Los Angeles for three years I have been fortunate enough to have worked on remarkable real estate and interiors projects, along with visiting various hotels, restaurants and bars.
Based on style and history, along with the dining and drinks (of course), I have chosen my ‘Top 10 Los Angeles Starlike Hotels’ that you should know and why, all of which I have experienced myself, so you can rest assured, they are personal recommendations.
THE BEVERLY WILSHIRE
For its innate glamor. ‘The Beverly Wilshire’ was built in 1928 as ‘The Beverly Wilshire Apartment Hotel’ on the Beverly Hills Speedway, mostly used for apartments and picnics while Model T Ford races were on Sunday afternoons. It is famous for being featured in ‘Pretty Woman’ while legendary stars such as Elvis Presley, Warren Beatty and Steve McQueen have all lived in the Hotel. It has classic interiors, 800 staff, a 5,000-square foot penthouse, two rooftop terraces, overlooking the Hollywood Hills and the legendary Drive from the Rodeo Terrace. Not to mention, the Mediterranean-style pool is modelled after Sophia Loren’s private villa pool in Italy!
NOBU RYOKAN MALIBU HOTEL
(Aka NOBU) For its beautiful beachfront dining and 5-Star sushi. With the help of Robert DeNiro, Nobu recently launched a 17-room retreat as part of the Nobu chain, created by the famous Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhis chef. Nothing beats the food and fabulous sunshine combined with the relaxed sea sounds at Malibu. With simple wooden spa-like Asian interiors and fun cocktails it’s no surprise it’s booked up with A-list stars 24/7. There is no doubt the new hotel will be just as fabulous (see main picture).
THE HOLLYWOOD ROOSEVELT HOTEL
For its Hollywood classic quality. It was built in 1927 and is the oldest running hotel in Los Angeles located by The Hollywood Walk of Fame. It was named after the President Theodore Roosevelt and the first Oscar Awards ceremony was held here in 1929 in the Blossom Ballroom. Over the years Charlie Chaplin, Ernest Hemingway, Clarke Gable, Marilyn Monroe and various stars have lived there, while it has been featured in shows such as ‘I Love Lucy’ and Shirley Temple learned to do her famous stairstep dance routine on the hotel stair! With Spanish Colonial Revival style, it has since been renovated yet, each room is steeped in starlike quality!
CHATEAU MARMONT HOTEL
For its low-key subtle French glamor. It was built 1929 modelled after the Château d’Amboise, a royal retreat in France’s Loire Valley. Originally it was built for apartment housing and evolved into a hotel in 1931. Over the years various movie stars have lived there to include James Dean, Clarke Gable and Howard Hughes, to name a few. Meanwhile, it has been featured in Sofia Coppola’s movie ‘Somewhere’ along with various other movies. Now with Chateau Marmont bar and restaurant, 63 rooms, 23 suites and 4 bungalows it is a wonderful step out of Hollywood and yet, perfectly located to Sunset Strip.
For its seductive sanctuary and starlike style. The hotel was built in 1922 on 60 acres of gardens by Alphonzo Bell. Since opening in 1946 it was themed as an oasis and created as a luxurious retreat for its guests. Judy Garland, Bette Davis, Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Jimmy Stewart, Audrey Hepburn are all previous guests and Grace Kelly who was there so frequently, has her own room named after her. The style is relaxed yet chic, particularly within the piano room and restaurant. A walk around the gardens provides a natural charm and starlike calm.
For the spectacular architecture, interiors and gardens. Opened in 2008, Montage Beverly Hills is built in a Spanish Colonial Revival style. The hotel alone contains 201 guestrooms with restaurants, a spa, a ballroom, library and rooftop restaurants with spectacular views of the city which is often hosting A-list stars. Adjoining is the spectacular courtyard and gardens to connect to Bouchon Bar and Bakery, Georji and various cafes. Within the courtyard are quaint seating areas surrounded by waterfalls to further complement its Beverly Hills classy charm.
For its Art Deco style and historic charm. The hotel was built in 1924 by Harry Culver, the founder of Culver City, on the site of the city’s first movie theatre in. Followed by the legendary owners of Charlie Chaplin and then John Wayne, who owned the hotel for several years and eventually donated it to the YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association). Located next to the MGM and Sony studios this hotel was star-studded to include previous guests such as Frank Sinatra, Greta Garbo and Judy Garland and the cast from ‘Gone with the Wind’. In addition, it has been featured in various film such and television shows to add to its iconic status which still remains with its current owner Maya Mallick.
SUNSET TOWER HOTEL
For its posh-poised charm and Hollywood views. It was originally designed in 1929 and known as The St. James’s Club, and The Argyle, located on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. Opened as ‘Sunset Tower’ in 1931, it is famous for its Art Deco architecture and design. From the beginning, it was the ‘place to live’ with John Wayne, Howard Hughes, Frank Sinatra, Jerry Buss residing in their own penthouses. In more recent years it still retains its acclaim and has hosted various Oscar parties along with A-list stars every other evening. It has been renovated throughout the years yet, remains of its original Art Deco sassy style.
THE BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL AND BUNGALOWS
For its movie-star style. Established in May 1912, before the city was created and claimed it’s Mediterranean Revival style. Adored by stars such as Fred Astaire, Howard Hughes and Carole Lombard, it was often known as ‘The Pink Palace’. The style inside has been changed over the years with The Children’s Room now taking the name of the famous ‘Polo Lounge’ with an elegant Mediterranean style. Throughout the hotel it has a fun-filled interiors style and with the more recent renovations it still retains its original stylish charm.
SUNSET MARQUIS HOTEL AND VILLAS
For its Rock and Roll style. It was built in 1921 as a hotel based around the entertainment industry. All of which is reflected in the interiors with its cool darkened bar, ‘Nightbird’ recording studio in the basement and villas to allow privacy for guests. Stars such as Slash, Bob Marley, Cyndi Lauper, Beastie Boys, Joe Strummer, Dave Grohl are known to stay there. Most recently, it has been renovated throughout to include ‘The Morrison Hotel’ gallery and a revised Cavatina courtyard style restaurant with garden lights. Even still, it still retains its nonchalant Rock N Roll style!