Chateau Marmont is a wonderful hotel that looms over the Sunset Strip and has a long and colorful Hollywood history. I highly recommend paying a visit while you are in L.A., or even staying here.
The hotel was built in 1929 and quickly became a favorite of Hollywood stars and locals alike. Over the years, nearly every major celebrity has spent time here, and it is a favorite interview location for many visiting stars.
The Chateau offers 63 suites and bungalows, as well as a penthouse with a panoramic view of the city. The bungalows havea very homey feel and are situated near an inviting pool. The Chateau feels more like an upscale apartment complex than a hotel at times. It has a very laid-back and comfortable vibe.
Some of the famous Chateau Marmont stories:
-- Jim Morrison (of the band The Doors) hurt his back here while dangling from a drain pipe, trying to swing from the roof into the window of his hotel room.
-- Read-throughs were held here for "Rebel Without a Cause." James Dean and Natalie Wood met here for the first time.
-- When actor Montgomery Clift was almost killed in a 1956 auto accident, Elizabeth Taylor brought him to the Chateau Marmont, where she leased the penthouse as a place for him to recuperate.
-- Most famously, John Belushi died here in 1982 after overdosing in his suite.
The Chateau is located just above Bar Marmont, a popular bar on the Sunset Strip. The hotel is a lovely and exclusive place to stay. You can also have dinner and drinks at the hotel. Be sure to reserve a table, as the dining room is extremely small. After dinner, wander out on the lawn and admire the view.