“Fabulous Hollywood landmark, lair and legend: 63 Golden-Age suites, bungalows and penthouses on the grounds of a Loire-style castle above Sunset Strip”
Built as an upscale apartment residence (the first earthquake-proof building in LA) at the cusp of the Depression, Chateau Marmont has been a hotel for most of its life. All 63 rooms and residences are roomy and full of natural light, and decorated with vintage furnishings and appliances that will make you feel like you’ve stepped back to the 1930s or 1940s.
Even Junior Suites have full kitchens, dining rooms and separate sitting rooms. Grander Penthouses and Bungalows have formal dining rooms, some with wraparound terraces three times the size of a garden-facing bedroom. Others have private entrances and enclosed yards. It’s easy to see why people (with the means) “end up staying on”. See Rates for full details.
We liked the 1930s Spanish-style Garden Cottages which are clustered around a landscaped courtyard adjacent to pool. They’re tucked into the shadow of the Sunset Strip’s ubiquitous billboards, and are accessible through a private street entrance.
Expect all the luxuries: embroidered sheets, personalised stationery, bathrobes and hand-woven cashmere throws, iPod docking stations, flat screen TVs DVD and CD players, movie on demand and extensive DVD and CD libraries available, WiFi and multi-line phones with conference, fax and modem capabilities, hairdryer, and minibar with free bottled water.
Whip up breakfast in your own kitchen, order room service or grab the paper from your doorstep and head for the garden courtyard where breakfast is served. If the weather is bad, you eat in the marvellous nook off the salon with fancy brocade walls, antique mirrors and an antique chandelier.
Lunch is served in the salon, the garden, by the pool - anywhere you like! Throughout the day, the salon and garden courtyard tend to buzz with a Hollywood Who’s Who.
Dinner requires a reservation, and is served from 6-11pm. The hotel restaurant shares Executive Chef Carolynn Spence (formerly Chef de Cuisine at The Spotted Pig in New York) with the chi-chi Bar Marmont. Signature dishes include shrimp and avocado, truffled arancini with wild mushrooms and parmesan, and bittersweet chocolate cream pie. In the bar you could choose braised Oxtail bruschetta with parsley shallot salad, smoked trout cups with crème fraiche, or salted pistachio crumble.
The bar is open til 2am and serves a short list of bar snacks, salads shared and small plates.
You can cook for yourself but will have to buy groceries. Staff can pre-shop for guests on request so that food is available in the kitchen on arrival, they just need 24 hours advance notice. A full room service menu is available 24 hours a day; if you’d prefer to do the town, the concierge can get you a table at LA’s hottest restaurants at a moment’s notice.
Families with children of all ages are welcome. We think teens will love its rock'n'roll appeal and it's best for older kids who will appreciate it; the shabby chic decor and late night reputation might rule out parents of babies, although they are welcome.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
There's a huge range of accommodation offering different options for families of all sizes - see Rates for full details.
Babysitting with a reliable agency is available by arrangement.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Children are welcome in the restaurant (high chairs are available) and you have your own kitchen, making meals more convenient. Steamers/sterilisers are available on request.
Small children should be supervised on balconies and by the pool. None of the stairs are gated. There is a doctor on call if necessary.