by Sarah Bromley
Location: Chateau Marmont is secretly perched in a curve above Hollywood's Sunset Strip, tucked into the hillside which gives it amazing views and unparalleled privacy, yet you are still only moments away from all the hustle and bustle of LA. Chateau Marmont is modelled on the Chateau d’Amboise in France's Loire Valley where the late Leonardo da Vinci lived. This gothic hotel is dripping with history and has hosted every celebrity worth mentioning since the 1920’s including Marlene Dietrich, Marilyn Monroe, Nicole Kidman and Leonardo DiCaprio - just to name a few. The place has a majestic and charming feel with tall dark wood doors contrasting against the more remote and secluded areas in the surrounding grounds.
History: Built in 1927, this hotel was originally built to be Hollywood's most fashionable residence and constructed as an earthquake proof hotel, outstanding over five earthquakes without sustaining any major structural damage. Due to the depression, the hotel was changed to a hotel in 1933 and has since then been taken over by celebrity hotelier Andre Balazs in 1990, bringing the hotel back to it's former glory changing it enough to remain current but carefully avoiding to lose what it once had. The Hotel is decorated with rare antiques and Persian rugs scavenged from local mansions, attracting many artists and dreamers who came out to live the Californian dream.
Rooms and Suites: Each of the sixty-three rooms, cottages and bungalows are timelessly elegant and the generous room sizes show that the Chateau was designed to be apartments, not a hotel. No two of the antiques-filled accommodations are alike, yet they all have a gothic and romantic feel. Each room is extravagantly completed with a kitchen and fridge instead of a mini bar and the walls are all completely soundproof. The bathrooms are a carefully restored version of the thirties originals wherever possible. Privacy is an advantage: you can pull off the Strip into the hotel's garage, disembark under cover and take the lift straight from garage to your room without being seen except for whoever celebrity is in the lift.
Restaurants and Bars: The stylish Bar Marmont is a Hollywood ‘hotspot’ and provides a low key and intensely romantic atmosphere with sumptuous rich earthly colours, dark wood terrace and dull amber lighting. The atmosphere is intoxicating and attracts the most stylish and beautiful crowds. The restaurant is a formal private dining room which feels more like intimate dining in a grand country house than in a formal restaurant. You can choose more of casual dining setting by sitting outside in the elegant courtyard gardens, where you will find a scattering of French café tables by candlelight. Executive chef Carolynn Spense, formerly Chef de Cuisine at The Spotted Pig in New York, has conceived a hearty menu with European influences, in keeping with the overall theme of the hotel.
and Spa: Castle-like arched walkways and painted ceilings will lead
you to the outdoor classic oval pool which is surrounded by nine Spanish-style
1930’s haciendas and views to impress. The pool is heated and is encircled
by manicured gardens and stylish sun lounges. The fully equipped gym has
been recently refurbished and is hidden away in the air-conditioned attic.
Room Rates (in US Dollars):
Rates are for single or double occupancy, based on availability and are subject to change without notice.