5 hotels with History
The former Hyatt (or Riot) House was the hotel of choice for 1970s rock ’n’ rollers. From the Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards throwing a TV out the window to Led Zeppelin renting out six floors and John Bonham riding his motorcycle through the lobby, the Riot House lived up to its moniker.
2) Chateau Marmont
Perched on a hill overlooking the Sunset Strip, the Chateau’s secluded elegance has inspired generations of Hollywood creatives. From Fitzgerald to Sofia Coppola, Jim Morrison to James Franco, if the walls could talk they would tell many stories, and also sigh remembering John Belushi’s 1982 overdose in Bungalow 3.
3) The Hollywood Roosevelt
Home to the first Academy Awards, the Roosevelt has been remodeled and revamped, but retains much of its Spanish Colonial Revival style, which Marilyn Monroe enjoyed over the two years she lived here. Party in the cabanas around David Hockney’s painted pool or stroll down the heart of Hollywood Boulevard.
4) Maison 140
This former mansion was once the home to silent screen stars – and sisters – Lillian and Dorothy Gish (little-known fact: both directed films as well). Modernized with sexy design by Kelly Wearstler, the upscale retreat is steps from the boutiques of Rodeo Drive, offering a grown-up escape.
5) The Venice Beach House
Not long after Abbot Kinney transformed acres of marshland into the Venice of America attraction, newspaper owner Warren Wilson decided to build a hotel on this white sand beach. In 1911 he opened the Venice Beach House as an antidote to city life. A century later the historic craftsman continues to offer a respite.
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