Chateau Marmont Hollywood

Chateau Marmont Hollywood
 

Chateau Marmont Hollywood


 

The Chateau Marmont, the legendary Hollywood hideaway nestled in the hills just above Sunset Boulevard, has been an oasis of charm and history since 1929. Modelled on a notable royal residence in the Loire Valley, Chateau Marmont is a whimsical folly in the land of make-believe. Decidedly hip and famously decadent, the hotel has been a fixture in the Hollywood scene since the 1930s. “If you must get into trouble, do it at the Chateau Marmont,” said Harry Cohn, founder of Columbia Pictures. Chateau Marmont opened its doors to the public as the newest residence in Hollywood on 1 February 1929. Local newspapers described it as “Los Angeles’s newest, finest and most exclusive apartment house.” But high rents and an inability to attract long-term tenants during the Depression led to the apartment building being sold and converted into a hotel the following year. The apartments became suites with kitchens and living rooms. The hotel was acquired and restored by André Balazs in 1990. Updating the property was a daunting task as he had to modernise the hotel while at the same time preserving Chateau Marmont’s character. The goal was to create the illusion that the hotel had been untouched despite the renovations: the eccentric and highly individual history of the place, its lusciously rich past, are all part of the charm. Tales about the Chateau Marmont have become so legendary that anyone with even a passing interest in any facet of the entertainment industry will have heard a Hollywood story related to it. Some you may remember: James Dean jumping through a window to audition for Rebel Without a Cause, Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers recording his vocals for By the Way in his room at the hotel, Howard Hughes supposedly spying on women in the pool through binoculars, and Helmut Newton, who lived at the hotel for months on end with his wife June, famously using the laundry room of the hotel as a setting for his photos. But what of the hotel itself?
 
Today, Chateau Marmont still boasts the superior service that you would expect in such an iconic Hollywood hideaway. As well as its guest rooms, the hotel also has garden ottages, hillside and poolside bungalows, and penthouses. The Restaurant at the Chateau Marmont offers both indoor dining and a garden terrace where, during my stay, I enjoyed the wonderful market-fresh California cuisine prepared by chef Carolynn Spence. And it was a great pleasure to experience the professional, discreet and helpful service of the staff supervised by general manager Philip Pavel. I now understand why some guests stay here for weeks; just being at the Chateau Marmont puts you at ease right away. It is one of the very few grand hotels you can call home.
 
- Copyright 2015 Mart Engelen
 
 
 

Chateau Marmont Hollywood
 

Chateau Marmont Hollywood

 
 

Chateau Marmont Hollywood
 

Chateau Marmont Hollywood