In a city built on dreams, Chateau Marmont is the place where imaginations run wild. Opened in 1929 as luxury apartments in the style of a French château, the building became a hotel in 1930 and, over the decades, has hosted an exhaustive list of some of Hollywood’s biggest names—Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Humphrey Bogart, Marilyn Monroe, Jim Morrison, Mick Jagger, Johnny Depp, and many, many more. Celebrity hotelier Andre Balazs renovated the hotel from top to bottom in the early 1990s, maintaining its signature Old World elegance (crushed velvet armchairs, wrought-iron chandeliers, columns galore) while outfitting it with all the requisite modern luxuries.
From its secluded 1950s bungalows to its signature pool surrounded by lush gardens, the chateau is the kind of place where anyone can be somebody, and no secret will be spilled. Cameras are forbidden in the restaurant—a favorite spot for industry types and guests alike—and the famously solicitous staff won’t blink an eye if guests are misbehaving or just lounging all day by the pool. Welcome to the stuff of daydreams.
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On the north end of the Sunset Strip, at the base of the Hollywood Hills, Chateau Marmont sits within throwing distance of plenty of nightlife and live entertainment, including the Laugh Factory, Comedy Store, and House of Blues. The architectural masterpiece of the Stahl House is up the hill, and popular hiking spot Runyon Canyon isn’t much farther, just off nearby Hollywood Boulevard. But most guests at the Chateau are more interested in its privacy, and where the house car service can drop you in the neighboring area—like the restaurants of Hollywood Boulevard and Beverly Hills, and the shopping on Melrose and West Third.
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Rooms: 63 rooms, including 11 standard, 36 suites, 6 cottages, 8 bungalows, and 2 penthouses. From $435. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: As elegant as the drawing room at a friend’s country estate, the restaurant at the Chateau Marmont is the kind of see-and-be seen hot spot where everyone pretends not to see each other. A favorite for working breakfasts, power lunches, and romantic dinners, the restaurant winds its way from the armchair-filled lobby lounge, through the refined dining room, out along a colonnaded terrace, and to a garden patio filled with café tables; the excellent around-the-clock menu (late-night service is available from midnight to 6 a.m.) covers everything from a signature burger to plenty of kale and quinoa. An extensive wine and cocktail list rounds out the all-hours dining. For a livelier atmosphere, pop into Bar Marmont, a sultry lounge of crushed red velvet and polished wood, where inventive small plates are served alongside vintage cocktails, beautiful people, and, often, live music. Spa and gym details: The hotel’s sleepy, sun-soaked, guests-only pool is made more for basking than doing laps, but there is a modern, fully-equipped gym, and personal trainers can be arranged. There’s no on-site spa, but in-room treatments are available.
Who's it best for: Power couples, vintage rock stars, and low-key celebrities. Our favorite rooms: While the cottages and bungalows feel especially private and luxurious with their separate street entrances and full kitchens and living rooms, the higher-floor suites have both full kitchens and private balconies with views out over the gardens toward the city’s rooftops. The one- and two-bedroom suites even have separate dining rooms and living areas large enough for entertaining. A special drink: Ask for the "secret" cocktail menu in the lobby bar; instead of the regular classic cocktails, it’s a regularly rotating list of more inventive drinks for the interested mixology aficionado.